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Virtual Author Events 2022-2023

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NVUSD will continue hosting a new  Virtual Authors Events series for the 2022-2023 school year. Check here for new events added throughout the year. 

Zoom links and/or YouTube links for author events will be shared here, and via ParentSquare.  Use the following links to find the author you are looking for:


Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande, recipient of the American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, the International Latino Book Award, the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, and a Latino Spirit Award. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us (2012), about her experience immigrating to the United States in 1985 as a nine-year-old child, as well as the sequel, A Dream Called Home. She has also published four other books inspired by her interests and experiences. She has written about immigration, family separation, and language trauma in publications such as The New York Times, CNN, and The Washington Post. 

Jen Lamonte's AP English class at Vintage High School has been reading The Distance Between Us (2012) as part of their curriculum. 

Reyna Grande the author of the Distance Between Us

You can purchase Reyna's books directly through her website.

David Bowles

David Bowles, the author of They Call Me Güero, among other titles across several genres and mediums, teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He is also the co-publisher of Chispa and Vice President of the Texas Institute of Letters. In They Call Me Güero, his poems illuminate the life of twelve-year-old Güero, who is a 7th grader navigating two languages, life on the border, and an English teacher who is inspiring him with poetry. This event will be in Spanish.

In Elena Ingram's Spanish language arts class at Unidos Middle School, students have been reading They Call Me Güero as part of the dual language immersion curriculum. 


David Bowles with image of his book They Call Me GueroYou can purchase his book of poems from Penguin Random House.


Aida Salazar

On Monday and Tuesday, January 23 and 24, Aida Salazar visited McPherson Elementary School, Snow Elementary School, Shearer K-8 School, and Phillips Magnet Elementary School to share her new novel, A Seed in the Sun. Aida is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle-grade verse novels, The Moon Within (International Latino Book Award Winner) and Land of the Cranes (Américas Award, California Library Association Beatty Award, Northern CA Book Award, NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, Jane Addams Peace Honor, International Latino Book Award Honor). Enjoy pictures from her visit to our schools below. 


Aida Salazar and picture of her new book A Seed in the Sun
To learn more about and purchase her work, visit

Other Books by Aidia Salazar
Other books by Aida Salazar