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TICKETED IN-PERSON EVENT: Reyna Grande, A Ballad of Love and Glory

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 7:00pm

UC Santa Cruz alumna Reyna Grande will be in conversation with Micah Perks and Sylvanna Falcón about her highly-anticipated new novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory, at an in-person event at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Research Center for the Americas UC Santa CruzThere are a limited number of complimentary student tickets for UCSC students; please visit click here for more information, or email  the RCA.

"Reyna Grande has given us an epic and exquisitely wrought portrait of the Americas and Mexico's battle for freedom. A Ballad of Love and Glory astonishes with its passion and historical precision. A simply mesmerizing and unforgettable novel." —Patricia Engel, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Country

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There are a limited number of complimentary student tickets for UCSC students; please visit the Research Center for the Americas to access.

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this sweeping historical saga following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War—from the author of the "timely and riveting" (People) Across a Hundred Mountains and The Distance Between Us.

"An old-fashioned epic of romance and war. A great story and a revealing look at a lesser-sung chapter of American history."Publishers Weekly

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a young girl, she crossed the US-Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include the novels A Ballad of Love and Glory, Across a Hundred Mountains, and Dancing with Butterflies, the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition, and A Dream Called Home, and the anthology Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings. She lives in Woodland, California, with her husband and two children. Visit for more information.

Micah Perks is the author most recently of a short story collection, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape. Her novel, What Becomes Us, won an Independent Publisher’s Book Award and was named one of the Top Ten Books about the Apocalypse by The Guardian. Her memoir, Pagan Time, tells the story of her childhood in a log cabin on a commune in the Adirondack wilderness. Her novella, "The Great Naked and Afraid Baking Show" is forthcoming from Ploughshares Solos. Micah directs the Creative Writing Program at UCSC. More info at

Sylvanna Falcón is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, Director of the Research Center for the Americas, and founder/director of the Human Rights Investigations Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She’s the author of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, published in 2011, Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists inside the United Nations, which came out in 2016 ; and she’s the co-editor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship, published in 2021, Sylvanna is also a former UN consultant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.