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Sonia Nazario Speaks, the UN Listens: The Author of Enrique’s Journey Discusses Global Migration

Pulitzer Prize-winning Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, recently addressed the United Nations about how to better manage global migration as part of its Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development.

While the UN emphasized how migration spurs positive development both in countries that receive and in those that send migrants, Nazario’s focus was different. Instead, she focused on how too many migrants, especially women, feel forced to leave their homelands and children to go abroad in order to survive, and how child-mother separations produce devastating consequences for families and society. She urged developed countries to focus on creating jobs in specific migrant-sending countries so more migrants can stay home—where most would rather be. Continue reading

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DePaul University (IL) To Host Enrique’s Journey With Sonia Nazario

sonia nazarioDePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, will host Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, on Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.  Part of DePaul’s Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration, as well as the school’s second annual Summer Institute’s evening speaking event, Ms. Nazario will present on key issues in immigration and education.  She will additionally share the true story of Enrique, a Honduran boy who braved unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.  Her talk is free and open to the public.

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Two More Common Read Adoptions for Enrique’s Journey!

Enrique’s Journey, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sonia Nazario’s true story about the odyssey made by a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States has been chosen by both Loyola University Chicago and Saint Louis University as their Freshman and Common Reads.

At Saint Louis University, Selection committee member Patrice French said:

Enrique’s Journey provides a completely different lens from which human beings live their life. It’s a raw account of how some people fight and risk their lives just to find a better lives for themselves. As well, I believe that there are elements in this book that demonstrate aspects of true service, which is in direct alignment with SLU’s mission.”

More than 50 colleges and seven cities have chosen Enrique’s Journey for their common or one city reads. Many colleges select the book because it goes beyond a platform to talk about immigration. While encouraging global awareness Continue reading

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Checking in on Enrique’s Journey at Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College students pose with Enrique's Journey

Earlier this year, CommonReads brought you the news of Fort Lewis College’s adoption of “FYE favorite” Enrique’s Journey. Written by award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, the book tells the story of a young boy who leaves his home in Honduras to search for his mother in the United States.

Now Fort Lewis College Assistant Dean of Writing and First Year Experience, Bridget Irish, is following up on the students’ experience with Enrique’s Journey and the author’s visit to campus:

 One of the main goals of our college’s Common Reading Experience is to light a fire in our students’ brains about an important subject that they will have the ability to impact in their lifetime. As immigration is one of those subjects, we chose to give our almost 900 freshmen a free copy of Enrique’s Journey this fall. Our students at FLC are reading all or part of the book in several classes. We invited the book’s author, Sonia Nazario, to give a public talk and to spend a full day with students, faculty, staff ,and members of the larger Durango community. While I am embarrassed that we asked so much of Sonia, she didn’t flinch. She understood that we are trying to get our students engaged in the topic of immigration, motivated to learn, and willing to act as responsible citizens. She dove in and lit that fire! All around campus, our students are saying: I had NO idea! Students are remarking on her ability to make a dense, complicated subject easier for them to begin to understand. They are impresses by her intelligence and her huge heart and passion for her work.

How has your common read been recieved this Fall? Have photos of your students and events to share? E-mail them to rhacademic@randomhouse.com and they could be featured on an upcoming CommonReads post!

Learn more about the Fort Lewis Common Reading Experience program on their website!


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Over 40 programs have followed Enrique’s Journey!

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When Enrique was just five years old, his mother Lourdes, seeing no other way out of their poverty in Honduras, decided to make the hazardous trek north. Enrique and his siblings struggled without their mother, until he finally made his way from the rough streets of Tegucigalpa through Mexico and across the dangerous Texan border. Nazario’s expert reporting allows students to encounter each setback alongside Enrique, and the result is as suspenseful and harrowing as it is informative. Enrique’s Journey is a timely account of one anguished family’s experience with an issue of international scope and urgency–illegal immigration–but is also a timeless, mythic story of a dangerous journey undertaken to make a broken family whole.

“This portrait of poverty and family ties has the poential to reshape American conversations about immigration.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The following universities and programs have adopted this book:

Colleges and Universities:
Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH)
Central College (Pella, IA)
Edgewood College (Madison,WI)
Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO)
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN)
Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR)
Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
Indiana University (Kokomo, IN)
University of Missouri (Kansas City,MO)
College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati,OH)
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
University of North Carolina (Charlotte, NC)
University of North Carolina (Greensboro, NC)
Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA)
Peace College (Raleigh,NC)
Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg, PA)
Rockhurst University (Kansas City,MO)
Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)

High Schools:
Bay Shore High School (Bay Shore,NY)
Bonanza High School (Las Vegas, NV)
Burlingame High School (Burlingame, CA)
Challenge Early College High School (Houston, TX)
Eaglecrest High School (Centennial, CO)
Hudson High School (Hudson, OH)
La Jolla Country Day School (La Jolla, CA)
Middletown High School (Middletown, NJ)
Putnam County High School (Eatonton, GA)
Santa Ana High School (Santa Ana, CA)
Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, CA)
St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland, OH)
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School (Bourne,MA)
Wheeling High School (Wheeling, IL)

One City,One Book”:

Glendale, CA
San Diego, CA
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Yuma, AZ


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