Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Nazario to Speak

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Pulitzer Prize-winning Latino author Sonia Nazario will participate in two one-hour speaking engagements, as a part of Mission College’s Library Series.

The author of “Enrique’s Journey” (or La Travesia de Enrique) will be at the Mission College Library on Wednesday, October 26 for two public speaking engagements, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nazario has a fascinating backstory having lived in Argentina during its so-called “Dirty War,” and as a reporter for 20 years reporting on social issues for U.S. newspapers.

Her most well-known piece, “Enrique’s Journey,” was originally a feature series in the Los Angeles Times, that was later turned into a national bestseller. It was also translated into Spanish and a young adult version was also written, catering to middle schoolers. She would be awarded over a dozen times for her work, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

In 2014 Nazario reported on unaccompanied immigrant children in Honduras coming to the U.S., which led her to speak before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and national media interviews with The Daily Show, NBC’s Meet the Press, Anderson Cooper 360 and Al Punto and Jorge Ramos on Spanish television.

Nazario was also named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Previous Mission Library Series speakers have included Mexican-American author Dr. Francisco Jimenez, “Ghost Man” author Donnelle McGee, African-American writers Ishmael Reed, and Tennessee Reed and poet Synnika Lofton, technology writer Nicholas Carr, steel drum composer and musician Phil Hawkins, “Minefields of the Heart” author Sue Diaz and LGBT activist and Puerto Rican author Charles Rice-Gonzalez.