Julia Alvarez

About the Author

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer in residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.

By the Author


April 2024

  • In Conversation with Julia Furukawa

    Gibson's Bookstore hosts Julia Alvarez in conversation with NHPR host Julia Furukawa. Tickets available now.

    Bank of New Hampshire Stage | Concord, NH

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  • In Conversation with Melissa Lozada-Oliva

    Cambridge Public Library hosts Julia Alvarez in conversation with poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva. Tickets available now.

    Cambridge Public Library | Cambridge, MA

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  • In Conversation with Ginetta Candelario

    Odyssey Bookshop hosts Julia Alvarez in conversation with Ginetta E.B. Candelario, Professor of Sociology, Smith College. Tickets available now.

    First Congregational Church | Hadley, MA

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  • New York State Writers Institute: Reading & Conversation

    SUNY Albany welcomes Julia Alvarez to the New York State Writers Institute for a reading and conversation.

    UAlbany Performing Arts Center | Albany, NY

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