"Solito" with Javier Zamora

Join us in conversation with Javier Zamora to discuss "Solito: Home, Identity, and the Immigrant Experience" in which he details his migration journey from El Salvador to the U.S. and his crossing as an unaccompanied nine-year-old through the harsh terrain of the Sonoran Desert. 

Audience Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for sale, courtesy of One More Page Books.

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For more information, contact LibraryPrograms@arlingtonva.us

This program is part of the Library’s recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and Welcoming Week.


Thursday, September 14, 2023
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
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Arlington Public Library
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About the book

Javier Zamora’s adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border at the age of the nine years ol. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone amid a group of strangers and a “coyote” hired to lead them to safety, Javier expects his trip to last two short weeks.
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.

About the author

Memoirist, poet, and speaker Javier Zamora believes that immigrants must keep ownership of their own stories. In his new memoir, Solito, he explores his own: a harrowing journey to the US as an unaccompanied nine-year-old that gives a unique and unforgettable glimpse into the realities of child migration. In his talks, he shares the story of his trek to reunite with his family, and how therapy and writing were able to help him heal from the trauma that has haunted him ever since.

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