Best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario will discuss her book “Enrique’s Journey” at Norcross High School Nov. 6. (Special Photo)
NORCROSS — In 2003, Sonia Nazario’s story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S.— “Enrique’s Journey” — won more than a dozen awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning author will discuss and sign the book at Norcross High School for the Gwinnett County Public Library’s series “Meet the Author.” The story was recently adapted for young adult readers.
“I’ve written about social issues for 20 to 30 years now as and I’ve always interested in immigration,” Nazario said. “I have immigration in my blood. Out of four kids, I’m the only one born in the United States. I started looking at the face of the people who are coming to America and how it has changed — a lot of them are women and kids who are coming. I try to write about the millions of moms who come and the children who search for them”
“Enrique’s Journey” is a true story about a boy who lived in Honduras. He attempts eight trips to the U.S. with the yearning to find and see his mom, even after he’s robbed and beaten on the journey.
“I wanted to show people what these women face and the children’s journey,” Nazario said.
While in Gwinnett, she talk about the book and have an open dialogue with the audience.
“At Norcross, I will be talking about the book and what these kids go through — showing photographs during the journey,” Nazario said. “I will talk about the issues locally and internationally, and what are the real solutions.”
The national bestselling book has won three book awards, and became required reading for incoming freshman at 62 colleges and thousands of high schools across the U.S.
“It’s great because sometimes a book is used in ethnic studies,” the author said. “When it is the standard read, it’s getting to students – my feeling about immigration is there are several shades of gray and it’s a complex issue. It opens their perspective. I get students every day who say they were raised racist and to hate immigrants even if they haven’t met immigrants, but it has changed their perspectives.”
In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California.
According to a release, the “Meet the Author events are special opportunities hosted by the library for fans and avid readers to share in the experience of meeting prolific, best-selling and/or award winning authors to enjoy meaningful discussions about their works and the publishing process.”
This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Norcross High is located at 5300 Spalding Drive in Norcross.
For more information about Nazario, visit sonianazario.blogspot.com.