One Book, One Denver 2012: Enrique's Journey
The 2012 One Book, One Denver selection is Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. Reserve your copy now in the format of your choice!
One Book, One Denver Events
There's something for everyone during the 2012 One Book, One Denver program. Book scavenger hunts, a photo contest, teen writing contest, a book signing with the author, film showings, book discussions, and an evening with the author are but a few of this year's options.
For a complete list of events, please consult the One Book, One Denver Event Guide (PDF). You may also browse the City of Denver's One Book, One Denver site for schedules and other information. All activities and events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for some events (where noted). Otherwise, seating is on a first‐come, first‐served basis.
Events at the Denver Public Library
Tuesday, September 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sonia Nazario will be available for 1 hour after the press conference to sign copies of the book. Don’t have a book? No worries! The Library will have books available for sale onsite.
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.
Schlessman Family Branch Library
Discussion will be moderated by Kathy Sanchez Castejon, a third year doctoral student in the School Psychology Program at the University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Sanchez Castejon’s work with the Hispanic community includes interviewing Latino parents and their at-risk sons about their participation in a parent involvement program in Greeley. She has also traveled to Guatemala to provide in-service presentations on violence and trauma and how to address traumatized children’s needs in the schools. Recently, she traveled to Mexico and interviewed teachers about home-school collaboration systems being practiced.
About the Author
Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration.
She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. In 2003, 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, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.
Expanded into a book, Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller, won three book awards, and became required reading for incoming freshman at more than 50 colleges and scores of high schools across the U.S.
In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California.
Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among "40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years."
She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In 1993, she joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.
She serves on the advisory boards of the University of North Texas Mayborn Literary Non-fiction Writer's Conference and of Catch the Next, a non-profit working to double the number of Latinos enrolling in college. She is also on the board of Kids In Need of Defense, a non-profit launched by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie to provide pro-bono attorneys to unaccompanied immigrant children.
Nazario is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Nazario received an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Mary's College.
Previous One Book, One Denver Selections
- 2011: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- 2010: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- 2009: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- 2008: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
- 2007: Articles of War by Nick Arvin
- 2006: The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
- 2005: Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
- 2004: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
About One Book, One Denver
One Book, One Denver is Mayor Hancock's citywide book club created to build community and stimulate people to read. Denver citizens, young and old, are encouraged to join others in the shared experience of simultaneously reading the same book and participating in related events. One Book, One Denver is brought to the community by the Arts & Venues Denver and a diverse group of partners including educational, arts and literary organizations throughout the city.