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September 29, 2022

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One event on September 29, 2022 at 12:00 am

One event on October 15, 2022 at 12:00 am

Sonoma Public Library is pleased to share Arrivals and Departures a series a series of public programs culminating in an anthology featuring stories of immigrants throughout Sonoma County.

Did you know that 16.6% of Sonoma County residents were born in another country—according to the U.S. Census Bureau? The Sonoma County Library is highlighting immigration stories and experiences. The library is hosting two events featuring authors discussing writing immigrant experience stories, and putting out a call for submissions to the public for stories about their immigrant experiences, due by September 30. These stories will be included in an upcoming anthology.

“When we tell our stories, we make connections and when we make connections we break down those walls that separate us from one another,” said Author Francisco Jiménez, an upcoming speaker at one of the author talks.

Author Talks

Join the library for two free events with authors sharing immigrant experience stories:

August 27—10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Virtual Author Talk with Francisco Jiménez on his experience growing up in a family of migrant workers. He will describe his process used in writing his memoir series—“The Circuit,” “Breaking Through,” Reaching Out” and Taking Hold”—and explain why he writes.
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September 3—1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In-person Author Talk and Writing Workshop with Reyna Grande on writing your stories. An immigrant herself, Reyna Grande is the author of the memoirs “The Distance Between Us” and “A Dream Called Home,” and the novels “Across a Hundred Mountains,” “Dancing With Butterflies” and “A Ballad of Love and Glory.”
Location: Central Santa Rosa Library Forum Room, 211 E Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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Contribute to an Anthology! 

Share your story about leaving your home country and seeking your future in the United States. Submissions are accepted in written and oral form and are due by September 30. This call for submissions of immigrant’s stories of coming to the U.S. is for an anthology called “Arrivals and Departures”. For more information on how to participate in the anthology, email:

Visit the Sonoma Library website to learn more or contact Jovanna Ayala at

This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.


September 29, 2022
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