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March 30: Prize-winning journalist offers lecture, book signing

FREDERICK, Md.—A prize-winning journalist and best-selling author will discuss her book that recounts a young boy's quest to reunite with his mother and sheds light on the influx of unaccompanied Central American child migrants into the United States.

Sonia Nazario will give a lecture entitled Enrique’s Journey, Child Migrants and the U.S. Response March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College as part of the College's annual Shirley Conner Hardinge Global Studies Guest Lecture Series. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Enrique’s Journey, a nonfiction book based on Nazario's Los Angeles Times series that won two Pulitzer Prizes and more than 20 other journalism awards, tells the story of a 17-year-old Honduran boy who makes the dangerous 1,600-mile trek from his hometown, much of it on top of freight trains, to the U.S. to be reunited with his mother.

The book, which has been published in eight languages, won the 2006 Christopher Award and California Book Award.

Nazario earned a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote for the Wall Street Journal and has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues for the Los Angeles Times.

For more information, contact Paige Eager, associate professor of political science, at eager@hood.edu.