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Solito

Javier Zamora

Warwick’s, in partnership with Coronado Public Library, presents
Javier Zamora

Solito

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 11:00am PDT

Coronado Public Library - Winn Room
640 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118
Solito
  • Free open seating is first-come, first-served, subject to available space.
  • Guaranteed Preferred Seat holders will receive a copy of Javier Zamora's book when they check in. Guaranteed seating is unnumbered and first-come, first-served.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

On Saturday, September 24th at 11:00am Warwick's, in partnership with Coronado Public Library, will host Javier Zamora as he discusses and signs his new book, Solito: A MemoirJavier 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.

Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago--"one day, you'll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure."

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. 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.

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.

Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593498064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022