An Evening with Julia Alvarez

Part of “The Big Read”

Julia Alvarez is the author of 19 books and 3 collections of poetry including the NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence selections, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Return to Sender. She is the recipient of two Pura Belpre awards and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature.

Alvarez was born in New York City, and spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic. Her family was forced to flee in 1960 because of her father’s participation in an attempt to overthrow the country’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo. Her book, In the Time of the Butterflies tells the story of the Mirabal sisters who founded the underground resistance her father took part in. Three of the sisters were brutally murdered at the hands of the Trujillo regime. Their assassination galvanized the resistance, and Trujillo was assassinated six months later.

NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence is an opportunity for the Lawrence community to read a novel and engage in community discussions and events surrounding the issues and themes presented in the book.

The NEA Big Read/Read Across Lawrence is a partnership between Lawrence Public Library, KU Libraries, the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

This event is possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest as part of their Big Read initiative. Lawrence Public Library and its partners were among 75 groups nationwide to receive a Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NEA Big Read is program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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