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The San Antonio Book Festival proudly presents JAVIER ZAMORA—the poet behind the NYT-bestselling memoir, SOLITO—in conversation with Robert Rivard at the Alamo Colleges District Boardroom. Author signing to follow with book sales provided by Nowhere Bookshop. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
“I read Solito with my heart in my throat and did not burst into tears until the last sentence. What a person, what a writer, what a book.”—Emma Straub, bestselling author of The Vacationers
ABOUT THE BOOK
At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents’ arms, snuggling in bed between them, and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family.
A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito provides an immediate and intimate account not only of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javier Zamora’s story, but it’s also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.
“Crafted with stunning intimacy…you’ll feel so close to the boy [Zamora] was then that you’ll think about him long after the book is done. It’s impossible not to feel both immersed in and changed by this extraordinary book.”—Los Angeles Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & MODERATOR
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was a year old, and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran Civil War. When he was nine Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Sonoran Desert. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of the war and immigration on his family. Zamora has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Robert Rivard is the founder of the nonprofit San Antonio Report, and previously served as the longtime editor of the San Antonio Express-News and as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at Newsweek magazine. He also is the author of the nonfiction book, Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True, about the disappearance and murder of Express-News Mexico correspondent Philip True in the Sierra Madre in 1998.
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