Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario will talk about her book, “Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother,” on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Friends Room. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Park Library and the Monterey Park Library Foundation.
Nazario received the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for Feature Writing for her work on a Los Angeles Times six-part series, “Enrique’s Journey.” The series documented the experiences of Latin American children who immigrate to join their parents in the United States. The newspaper series won more than a dozen national journalism awards. The journalist later published the articles as a book which is now the most read book about immigrants in the US and many community colleges have chosen the book as their “common” or freshman read.
The book tells the emotional and physical devastation suffered by parents and children who place themselves in danger during the perilous journey trying to get into the United States. Nazario’s book talk includes a PowerPoint presentation with photographs and stories that provide an understanding of why unaccompanied Latin American youth travel to the United States.
The program is part of an ongoing series of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library called, “Californians: Community Conversations About Immigration,” a program of the California Center for the Book, bringing communities together to discuss the issues of immigration and an understanding of people’s stories about coming to California. The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is one of twenty public libraries in the state participating in the program.
For more information about the free program, contact the library at 626-307-1368 and/or follow on Twitter @MontereyParkLib.
The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is the city’s public library located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Library hours are Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday 12-9 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more City of Monterey Park news and information, please visit the city website at www.MontereyPark.ca.gov.
Cindy Costales Senior Librarian Adult and Teen Services