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Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses best-seller

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September 12, 2012

Sonia NazarioSonia NazarioAward-winning journalist Sonia Nazario will lecture at Georgia College about her novel of a boy’s dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother.

Nazario will discuss “Enrique’s Journey” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Magnolia Ballroom located across from the university’s front campus.

“This lecture speaks to immigration and its impact on families,” said Dr. Kendra Russell, director of Georgia College’s Macon Graduate Center and co-coordinator for the event. “Immigration reform is a hot topic in our country, and its success is critical to how our country moves forward during the 21st century. Plus, September begins National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Sonia’s inspiring background is a great way to celebrate Hispanic Americans who have positively contributed to our nation.”

The event is free and open to the public. A Q-and-A session and book signing will follow the lecture.

“Enrique’s Journey” is a true story that recounts the unforgettable experience of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.

Incorporating photography into the lecture, Nazario will discuss how she discovered the story; the narrative highs and lows of the book; her own journey across Mexico for three months on top of freight trains to report the story; and how the experience changed her view about immigrants.

The national best-selling book has won three awards and became required reading for incoming freshmen at nearly 60 colleges and high schools across the United States.

Nazario grew up in Argentina and Kansas.

Nazario has spent more than 20 years writing and reporting about social issues such as hunger, immigration and drug addiction. She started her career as the youngest writer hired by the Wall Street Journal. She also worked as projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

She has won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, Georgia Polk Award for International Reporting, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award grand prize and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.

During 2012, Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.”

Nazario earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. She earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about this lecture, contact Dr. Kendra Russell at kendra.russell@gcsu.edu or 478-752-4278.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.


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