Sonia Nazario ‘82, author of Enrique’s Journey

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Sonia Nazario ‘82, author of Enrique’s Journey (7:30 PM, ’62 Center)

Sonia Nazario ’82 has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S. – hunger, drug addiction and immigration – most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times.  She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enrique’s Journey, won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting. Expanded into a book, Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller, won three book awards and became a favorite among educators.

“This painstakingly re­searched book is not just the story of Enrique, a teenager from  Honduras whom Nazario first wrote about in a Pulitzer Prize-winning news­paper series from which this book springs. It is also an anthropology of the peripatetic youth bent on braving the obstacles that stand be­tween their home villages and the North Ameri­can cities where their mothers moved in search of jobs, money and the chance to better their family’s lives back home . “Enrique’s Journey” explores the unintended, and largely under­-reported, consequences of those choices.”—The New York Times Book Review. May 7, 2006.

Enrique’s Journey is the Williams Reads selection for this year. Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets available at the door. You can also reserve tickets online ( or by calling the box office at 413-597-2425, Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm.