Mexican-American Studies Program Hosting September 11 Reading by Stephanie Elizondo Griest with Book Signing to Follow

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

“Elizondo Griest glimpses the modern immigrant experience through the lives of people who

live in more than one culture. . . . wrestles with profound questions of identity and belonging in

a constantly shifting and increasingly unstable world.”—Publishers Weekly 

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, author, educator and alumna Stephanie Elizondo Griest returns to Del Mar College to read from her new book, All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands, one of her three travel memoirs. Elizondo Griest meditates on the existential nature and impact of international borderlines through her encounters with people along the Mexican and Canadian borders in the United States.

Sponsored by the College’s Mexican-American Studies Program, the presentation begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, in Wolfe Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the College’s East Campus at Kosar and Ayers Street. For more information, contact Elizabeth Flores, professor of political science, at 698-1218 or 

A book signing will follow the author’s presentation. 

To download a printable flyer, click here. 

Elizondo Griest has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Latina Magazine and numerous Travelers’ Tales anthologies. Her other two award-winning memoirs include “Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havana” and “Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines.” She also wrote the best-selling guidebook “100 Places Every Woman Should Go.” 

Among Elizondo Griest’s other credits, she has lectured around the globe, including as an U.S. State Department literary ambassador to Venezuela in 2015 and a Henry Luce Scholar in China. She won a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton University, a Viebranz Professorship to St. Lawrence University, the Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. 

Currently, Elizondo Griest is an assistant professor and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about Elizondo Griest, visit

IN THE PHOTO: Author and DMC Alumnus Stephanie Elizondo Griest will read from her latest book, "All the Agents and Saints," on Sept. 11 in Wolfe Recital Hall. (cover of book included in photo) 

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