Reading by Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders”

Crossing the Line

Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders” (Texas Christian University, 2015,  $22.95). “Not a typical immigration story, Crossing the Line is told by a middle-class American woman who fell in love with the son of an impoverished family from rural Mexico, a man who crossed the border illegally to be with her. Married in 1988, Linda and Sixto Valdez learned to love each other’s very different families and cultures, raising their child to walk proudly in both worlds. The books cuts through the fears and preconceptions that fuel the continuing political turmoil over immigration.  For more than two decades, Linda Valdez has been an opinion writer for the largest papers in Tucson and Phoenix, specializing in medical, education, justice, immigration and other human rights issues.  She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2003, and her commentary opposing America’s famous anti-immigration laws earned her the Scripps Howard Walker Stone award for editorial writing.” (from a flyer about this event)

Friday, Feb. 19,  7 p.m. at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, NW corner of 4th Avenue and E. 7th St. in Tucson.

Linda Valdez

Linda Valdez

Reading will be followed by a Q and A period. Refreshments will be served.  Linda is a columnist with the Arizona Republic.

Info:,, 520-792-3715.

3 responses to “Reading by Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders”

  1. About 50 people there tonight to hear Linda read from her autobiography and answer questions from the audience. The questions were about immigration from Mexico, how did she adjust his illegal status in Tijuana, SB 1070, being accepted by his family and vice versa, intermarriage. Sixto answered questions as well about his family, his dreams, being a Mennonite. Their daughter Lucy and her boyfriend were also present tonight.

  2. Can’t make it down tomorrow, but the book sounds quite intriguing. It’s going on my wish list (which is rather extensive, but it’s there)!

    • Carolyn Classen

      Thanks for your comment Sarah — you can buy the book at Antigone Books I’m sure. I haven’t read it either but hope to sometime.