All Events »

Acclaimed novelist Julia Alvarez

April 18 @ 4:30 pm

Books show bright spines on a windowsill in the sunlight. Creative Commons courtesy photo
Photo by Brittany Stevens

Julia Alvarez, one of America’s most acclaimed and best-loved fiction writers and poets, reads her work. Her novels about the Dominican and Dominican-American experiences have not only inspired new generations of Latinx authors, they have also helped to enlarge the map of world literature. Her magical new novel, The Cemetery of Untold Stories (April 2024), explores what happens to stories that are left unfinished.

Her 1991 novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, was named one of “21 new classics for the 21st century” by Library Journal. Her 1994 novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, was selected for “The Big Read” by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts and, in 2021, Mattel unveiled a Barbie doll in her honor.

Born in New York City, Julia Alvarez’s parents returned to their native country, Dominican Republic, shortly after her birth. Ten years later, the family was forced to flee to the United States because of her father’s involvement in a plot to overthrow the dictator Trujillo.

Alvarez has written novels (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, ¡Yo!, In the Name of Salomé, Saving the World, Afterlife), collections of poems (Homecoming, The Other Side/ El Otro Lado, The Woman I Kept to Myself), nonfiction (Something to Declare, Once Upon A Quinceañera, and A Wedding in Haiti), and numerous books for young readers (including the Tía Lola Stories series, Before We Were Free, finding miracles, Return to Sender and Where Do They Go?).

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, and the Writing & Critical Inquiry (WCI) Program.

Free and open to the public. Books will be for sale, but there will be no signing opportunity at the event. The university will offer for sale some pre-signed books by the author and we will have additional signed bookplates available while supplies last.

More info »

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

Event Details

Details

Date:
April 18
Time:
4:30 pm
Event Categories:
, , , ,

Event Location

University of Albany
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY
518-442-5620

Browse Events

Calendar of Events

M Mon

T Tue

W Wed

T Thu

F Fri

S Sat

S Sun

1 event,

2 events,

1 event,

7 events,

5 events,

10 events,

9 events,

0 events,

1 event,

2 events,

4 events,

7 events,

15 events,

4 events,

1 event,

2 events,

1 event,

4 events,

4 events,

11 events,

8 events,

2 events,

2 events,

3 events,

6 events,

6 events,

14 events,

6 events,

2 events,

3 events,

2 events,

4 events,

4 events,

9 events,

2 events,

BTW Berkshires
Shares