Friday, September 10, 2010

Author Alvarez Coming to UWG

Julia Alvarez, a prize-winning poet, essayist, and novelist, will give a public reading at the University of West Georgia’s Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.

Alvarez’s multi-award-winning novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, has been chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” selection for this year. The novel is designed to inspire, as it celebrates the human spirit, as people struggle, sometimes fatally, with oppression and malevolence.

This event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, Alvarez will be present at other open events during the day, including: a continental breakfast from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom; a discussion from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Kathy Cashen Hall followed by a second discussion from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alvarez writes books both in Spanish and English and for audiences from elementary-age to adults. She is a poet, an essayist, and a novelist. She is working on a collection of essays about the situation in Haiti (she is a Dominican-American), as well as at least one new children’s book in her Tia Lola series.

For more information about Alvarez, please visit For further information regarding the event, please contact Emily Hipchen, Associate Professor, English, at 678-839-4746 or

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