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A Ballad of Love and Glory: a Live and In-Person Adventure with Award-Winning Author Reyna Grande

March 26, 2022 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


About the FREE In-Person Event


After nearly a two-year COVID hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that live and in-person events with the Carlsbad City Library continue! Please join us live and in-person for another fun Adventure featuring award-winning author, Reyna Grande, as she discusses her sweeping new historical saga, A Ballad of Love and Glory.

This FREE Adventure includes a book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet Reyna Grande.

Books are available for pre-order (below) to be delivered at the event for signing, or you may purchase your book at the event.


About the Author and Book


Writing about immigration, family separation, language trauma, the price of the American Dream, and her writing journey, Reyna Grande’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, CNN, The Lily at The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, among others. In March 2020, she was a guest in Oprah’s Book Club. Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

Her latest novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory, follows 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. The year is 1846. After the controversial annexation of Texas, the US Army marches south to provoke war with México over the disputed Río Grande boundary.​

Ximena Salomé is a gifted Mexican healer who dreams of building a family with the man she loves on the coveted land she calls home. But when Texas Rangers storm her ranch and shoot her husband dead, her dreams are burned to ashes. Vowing to honor her husband’s memory and defend her country, Ximena uses her healing skills as an army nurse on the frontlines of the ravaging war.

Meanwhile, John Riley, an Irish immigrant in the Yankee army desperate to help his family escape the famine devastating his homeland, is sickened by the unjust war and the unspeakable atrocities against his countrymen by nativist officers. In a bold act of defiance, he swims across the Río Grande and joins the Mexican Army—a desertion punishable by execution. He forms the St. Patrick’s Battalion, a band of Irish soldiers willing to fight to the death for México’s freedom.

When Ximena and John meet, a dangerous attraction blooms between them. As the war intensifies, so does their passion. Swept up by forces with the power to change history, they fight not only for the fate of a nation but for their future together.


About the Carlsbad City Library


Carlsbad City Library provides community members of all ages with convenient access to high-quality resources and services to inform and enrich individual and community life. Carlsbad City Library is the destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning, and cultural enrichment for those who live, work and play in Carlsbad. Please contact the Library directly for questions regarding the event. While admission is free and open to the public, seating is offered on a space-available basis and is first-come, first-served.


March 26, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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