Press Release

Long Beach Public Library
101 Pacific Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90822

Phone: (562) 570-7500

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Long Beach Public Library and Friends' Blanche Collins Forum Present Author Sonia Nazario
Contact :Darla Wegener, Manager, Main Library Services    562-570-6420
The Long Beach Public Library and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library welcome acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Sonia Nazario as the featured speaker of the Friends' Blanche Collins Forum. Please join us as she discusses the true story of Enrique’s Journey at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Main Library Auditorium.

In 2003, the Los Angeles Times featured a story of a Honduran boy’s struggle traveling alone from Honduras in order to find his mother in the United States. Nazario painstakingly spent nearly 5 years reporting and writing about Enrique’s Journey by retracing his harrowing travels from Honduras to the U.S. This included thousands of miles stowed away on the freight trains, El Tren de la Muerte, heading north through Mexico. Nazario won more than a dozen awards for this series, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Expanded into a book, Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller translated into eight languages.

Apostrophe Books will be on-site at this event to provide books for purchase. Ms. Nazario will be available to sign copies of her book at the conclusion of the program.

The Main Library is located at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach.  The auditorium doors will open at 1:30 p.m.  This event is free.  Parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure at the corner of Broadway and Chestnut.  Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $1.75 for the next 90 minutes with library validation.  The maximum cost is $10.00. Nearby parking is also available.

About Sonia Nazario

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively about Latinos in the United States. She has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues. She won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California. In 1998, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug-addicted parents. Hispanic Business Magazine has named her among the most influential Latinos and Hispanic Magazine called her a “trendsetter.” In 2012, Nazario was listed among Columbia Journalism Review’s "40 Women Who Changed the Media Business in the Past Forty Years." Deeply involved in immigration issues, she sits on immigration advocacy boards, including Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit launched by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie to provide pro-bono attorneys to unaccompanied immigrant children.

About Long Beach Public Library

The Long Beach Public Library system, founded in 1896, serves the information and technology needs of 462,823 Long Beach residents by providing books, resources, media, technology, special programs and services. Library users borrow more than two million items a year from the Main Library and 11 branch libraries. As the second largest municipal library system in Los Angeles County, over 1.3 million visitations are made to our libraries annually. For more information please call 562-570-7500 or go online to

About the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library

Established in 1962, the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Their mission is to prevent censorship and advocate for a strong public library system for the residents of Long Beach.  For more information go online to

The Friends of the Long Beach Public Library's Blanche Collins Forum was established in 1977 to celebrate the opening of the new Main Library and to honor Blanche Collins, the librarian who led a successful fight against local censorship of books. The Blanche Collins Forum is sponsored by tax-deductible contributions to the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library endowment fund.  The Blanche Collins Forum premiered with American author, journalist, professor and world peace advocate, Norman Cousins. Since then, the Forum has featured notable men and women of literature, science, philosophy and the arts, including Chief Justice Rose Bird, sci-fi writer and library advocate Ray Bradbury and astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.