'Enrique’s Journey' selected for New Orleans common read

"Enrique’s Journey" author Sonia Nazario will speak at the University of New Orleans on Sept. 20. | Contributed image

The University of New Orleans recently selected "Enrique’s Journey," journalist Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning account of an 11-year-old Honduran boy’s journey across the U.S. border, for its 2016-2017 Common Read.

The school’s Common Read program sees students in all first-year writing classes read one book, which will also be the topic of their first narrative essays, creating the opportunity for dialogue among students, staff and faculty on a common issue.

Additionally, Nazario will speak Sept. 20 in the University Center Ballroom. The free event is open to the public.

Nazario’s work, which was additionally published as a six-part series in the Los Angeles Times in 2002, was selected for this upcoming academic year’s Common Read due to the timeliness of its contribution to the national conversation on immigration.

“This book really tells a story that doesn’t get told and humanizes the immigrant experience,” UNO First-Year Writing Program Chair Sarah DeBacher, who is the director of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, said. “When students come to college, we want them to be a part of academic conversations and conversations that impact democracy. And this is an important conversation that is happening now.”

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