Lara Vilahomat thumbnailUPDATED March 29: Robbins Library's annual Arlington Reads Together programming (ART) returned with Solito by Javier Zamora, a New York Times bestseller. The Spanish word "solito" translates to "alone" in English. 

ART launched in 2002 as a way of bringing the town together through literature and thereby address issues, understand differences and create connections through shared experience, according to a news release.

In this memoir, the author tells the story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States as a child, by himself. Concerns about refugees and other migrants have been a recurring topic of interest  in Arlington.

Zamora joined a virtual conversation at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Assistant Director Lara Vilahoma said those interested were invited to the library to watch the Zoom call as a group or join remotely from their own location. R

About the author

Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990, the release says. Civil war forced both his parents to flee the country before he was 5, leaving him with his grandparents. At age 9, Zamora migrated solo through Guatemala, Mexico and the Sonoran Desert to rejoin his parents in the United States.

Zamora was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, among other honors. 

Questions can be directed to Lara Vilahomat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-316-3202. 

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This news announcement based on information from Lara Vilahomat, assistant director of Robbins library, was published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. It was updated most recently March 29, to add a link to another YourArlington story about refugees and to correct the spelling of the author's name in some parts of the text.

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