Javier Zamora with Rebecca Foust - Solito (Corte Madera Store)

Javier Zamora
in conversation with Rebecca Foust

Solito

Corte Madera Store

Sun., September 11 2022 • 4:00pm PT

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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 egripping 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.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador in 1990. His father fled the country when he was one, 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.

Rebecca Foust’s new book, ONLYreleasing from Four Way Books in September 2022, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly Foust is the author of three previous books including Paradise Drive, and three chapbooks including The Unexploded Ordnance Bin. Recognitions include the 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the CP Cavafy and James Hearst poetry prizes, a 2017-19 Marin Poet Laureateship, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. 

 

Javier Zamora photo courtesy of Gerardo Del Valle; Rebecca Foust photo courtesy of the author

Location: 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tama Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593498064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

Only (Stahlecker Selections) By Rebecca Foust Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781954245297
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Four Way Books - September 15th, 2022