Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario to speak on book 'Enrique's Journey'

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will speak about her book "Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother" as well as current issues regarding immigration at 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, in Lang Hall Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Nazario writes stories about hunger, drug addiction and immigration. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," a story about a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Nazario has written extensively about Latinos in the United States and has been named one of the most influential Latinos by the Hispanic Business Magazine. Nazario graduated from Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California.

"Nazario's work addresses so many questions central to our time," said Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literature. "The book 'Enrique's Journey' engages us in an exploration of issues related to family, addiction, gender roles, access to basic human needs and immigration. It also takes on a geographical odyssey that sparks any reader's imagination. The most powerful element of the book is that it documents the human impact of immigration by weaving its story on the basis of personal narratives."

For more information, contact Jennifer Cooley, associate professor in languages and literatures, at 319-273-3897 or jennifer.cooley@uni.edu.


Melinda Beland, public relations coordinator, Rod Library, 319-273-2802, melinda.beland@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu