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Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, is a writer of novels, essays, books for young readers, and poetry.

About Me: author Julia Alvarez

When I am asked what made me into a writer, I point to the watershed experience of coming to this country.

VITA: author Julia Alvarez

A complete Vita for Julia Alvarez, latin american writer of novels, essays, books for young readers, poetry.

PUBLICATIONS by author Julia Alvarez

PUBLICATIONS: nonfiction books, novels, books for young readers, and poetry by Julia Alvarez.

Articles about & Interviews with Julia Alvarez

Find links to a selection of articles about & interviews with Julia Alvarez and listen to Julia reading her essay on voting for Weekend America.

News about Julia Alvarez

News about Julia Alvarez: find out about the next book, the lastest book and other news from Julia Alvarez.

Appearances & Readings by Julia Alvarez

Appearances & Readings by Julia Alvarez: check for information about the latest book tour.

Books by Julia Alvarez

Books by Julia Alvarez are In the Time of the Butterflies, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and more.

Novels by Julia Alvarez

Novels by Julia Alvarez are Saving the World, In the Name of Salomé, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and more.

Books of Poetry by Julia Alvarez

Books of poetry by Julia Alvarez are The Woman I Kept To Myself, Homecoming, and The Other Side/El Otro Lado.

Nonfiction Books by Julia Alvarez

Nonfiction books by Julia Alvarez are Once Upon A Quinceañera and Something to Declare.

Books for Young Readers of All Ages by Julia Alvarez

Books for young readers of all ages by Julia Alvarez are RETURN TO SENDER, The Best Gift of All, Finding Miracles, Before We Were Free and more.

A Complete Bookshelf: all books by Julia Alvarez

Books by Julia Alvarez are Once Upon A Quinceañera, RETURN TO SENDER and more.

A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship, a book of nonfiction by Julia Alvarez

"Haiti is like a sister I've never gotten to know."

A Wedding in Haiti: Photo Gallery

Look through color photographs of the photos that appeared in the book A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez.

A Wedding in Haiti: Photo Slide Show

Look through color photographs of the photos that appeared in the book A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez.

Rise Up, Brothers: a CD of Music by Piti & friends

After Julia wrote the book A Wedding in Haiti about her friendship with Piti, her husband Bill produced a CD of Piti's music.

Tía Lola Stories: by Julia Alvarez

Tía Lola! A kind of Mary Poppins with a Spanish accent. See book covers and summaries for this book series for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

READINGS & WRITING PROMPTS to do with the Tía Lola books by Julia Alvarez

A list of passages and writing prompts I made up to do with kids while reading the Tía Lola books. I wanted to share that list with all of you.

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over: by Julia Alvarez

Welcome to Tía Lola's bed and breakfast!

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer: by Julia Alvarez

The warm and funny third book in the Tía Lola Stories is sure to delight young readers and leave them looking forward to their own summer fun!

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach: by Julia Alvarez

Imagine what happens when a fun-loving, storytelling, magical Tía Lola is asked to be the Spanish teacher at Bridgeport Elementary where Miguel and Juanita go to school.

RETURN TO SENDER: a novel by Julia Alvarez

RETURN TO SENDER: see the book cover and summary for this novel for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

Further Research Suggestions for RETURN TO SENDER: a novel by Julia Alvarez

RETURN TO SENDER: links to further research suggestions for this novel for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

Further Reading for RETURN TO SENDER: a novel by Julia Alvarez

RETURN TO SENDER: links to news stories that are part of the inspiration for this novel for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén: a new bilingual book by Julia Alvarez

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén: see the book cover and summary for this bilingual book by Julia Alvarez.

Once Upon A Quinceañera: a novel by Julia Alvarez

Once Upon A Quinceañera: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Saving the World: a novel by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Book Group Guide for Saving the World: a novel by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World: discuss the questions in the Book Group Guide for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Further Reading for Saving the World: a novel by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World: suggestions from Julia Alvarez for further reading about the Balmis expedition.

A Gift of Gracias: the Legend of Altagracia by Julia Alvarez

A Gift of Gracias: the Legend of Altagracia -- see the book cover and summary for this book for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

Finding Miracles: by Julia Alvarez

Finding Miracles: see the book cover and summary for this book for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

The Woman I Kept To Myself: book of poetry by Julia Alvarez

The Woman I Kept To Myself: see the book cover and summary for this book of poetry by Julia Alvarez.

Before We Were Free: by Julia Alvarez

Before We Were Free: see the book cover and summary for this book for young readers by Julia Alvarez.

A Cafecito Story: by Julia Alvarez

A Cafecito Story: see the book cover and summary for this eco-parable by Julia Alvarez.

How Tia Lola Came to -Visit- Stay: by Julia Alvarez

When ten-year-old Miguel moves to Vermont with his mami after his parents divorce, guess who flies up from the Island to help take care of him and his little sister, Juanita? Tía Lola!

The Secret Footprints: by Julia Alvarez

The Secret Footprints: see the book cover and summary for this children's book by Julia Alvarez.

In the Name of Salomé: by Julia Alvarez

In the Name of Salomé: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Something to Declare: by Julia Alvarez

Something to Declare: see the book cover and summary for this book of autobiographical essays by Julia Alvarez.

¡YO!: by Julia Alvarez

¡YO!: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Homecoming: New and Collected Poems by Julia Alvarez

Homecoming: New and Collected Poems -- see the book cover and summary for this book of poetry by Julia Alvarez.

The Other Side/El Otro Lado: by Julia Alvarez

The Other Side/El Otro Lado: see the book cover and summary for this book of poetry by Julia Alvarez.

In The Time of the Butterflies: by Julia Alvarez

In The Time of the Butterflies: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents: by Julia Alvarez

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents: see the book cover and summary for this novel by Julia Alvarez.

Photos, pictures, images of author Julia Alvarez

Enjoy photos, pictures and images of author Julia Alvarez: including woodcuts by Belkis Ramirez, photos by Dominican artists Isaias Orozco-Lang and Polibio Díaz.

Author Julia Alvarez at Hispanic Heritage Awards, 2002

Author Julia Alvarez receiving the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, 2002 (photo by David Hathcox).

Cup of Coffee: woodcut by Belkis Ramirez

Cup of Coffee: a woodcut by Belkis Ramirez from A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez.

Inspiration: woodcut by Belkis Ramirez

Inspiration: a woodcut by Belkis Ramirez from A Cafecito Story by Julia Alvarez.

Sycamore Trees by Sara Eichner

Sycamore Trees by Sara Eichner, an image from Seven Trees, a book with poems by Julia Alvarez.

Bellidania: photograph by Isaias Orozco-Lang

Bellidania: photograph by Isaias Orozco-Lang from Glimpses of La Yaguita with introduction by Julia Alvarez.

Ramona: photograph by Isaias Orozco-Lang

Ramona: photograph by Isaias Orozco-Lang from Glimpses of La Yaguita with introduction by Julia Alvarez.

Retrato de Familia: photograph by Polibio Díaz

Retrato de Familia: photograph by Polibio Díaz from his book Interiores.

Doña Deseada y Sus Chucherías: photograph by Polibio Díaz

Doña Deseada y Sus Chucherías: photograph by Polibio Díaz from Interiores.

Congo del Espíritu Santo: photograph by Polibio Díaz

Congo del Espíritu Santo: photograph by Polibio Díaz from Interiores.

La ñapa is the little extra: an essay, speech or a poem by Julia Alvarez

Just when you thought you'd gotten all that you would get, along comes your ñapa, like a baker's dozen, with one more kiss, one more pastelito, one more mango at the mercado.

Más ñapas: Past offerings from Julia Alvarez

Enjoy this collection of essays, speeches and poems by Julia Alvarez.

How to Keep the Mariposas Alive

Dedé Mirabal has died, but she left a pair of wings inside the hearts of everyone whose lives she touched.

Many Left Out

In this new age of accessibility, we are all constantly barraged with information about any number of tragedies beyond the ability of our minds to process and our hearts to reflect upon and our wills to act on. What if anything is our obligation?

No One Left Out

Like many of you, I was shocked by the news of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. I wrote this essay to understand my disheartened response, not only to the marathon bombings but also to the subsequent failure of our congress to pass stricter gun-control laws.

¡No Puede Ser! / It Cannot Be!

If you can believe it, the country whose Mariposas inspired a global movement, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25th (day of their murder), now has a bill introduced into the congress which would set back women's rights fifty years!

La ñapa: Border of Lights -- Hay dos países

This past October, 2012, we held a historic gathering commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Haitian Massacre, a shameful genocide of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent on the Dominican side of the border under orders of the dictator Trujillo.

La ñapa: The First Book Without Them

I lost my father in November, and my mother, at the beginning of April. Three weeks later, A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship was published.

La ñapa: Butterfly Power

On November 25th, wear a butterfly to show your solidarity with an internal and global winged movement to eliminate all violence against women.

La ñapa: Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts

On November 4, 2011, Bill and I drove over to Montpelier to attend the gala evening where I would receive the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

La ñapa by Julia Alvarez: EARTH HOUR, March 26, 2011, 8:30 pm

Around the world, people are standing together as a human family, and for one brief hour acknowledging that our best, most luminous resource is each other.

La ñapa: RETURN TO SENDER: excerpt and soundtrack

While writing Return To Sender, my latest novel, the recurring song in my head was a beautiful, old one I used to hear as a child, "La Golondrina."

La ñapa: Election Day by Julia Alvarez

When I hear people say they're not going to vote, that it won't make a difference, I think, give it to me! I'll recycle it! I know a bunch of people who can use it.

La ñapa: Julia Tavares Alvarez at United Nations by Julia Alvarez

Excerpt from the speech I gave on October 4th, 2007, at the United Nations, during a session honoring my mother, Julia T. Alvarez, and her long years of service as an alternate representative to the Dominican Mission to the United Nations.

La ñapa: Saving the Writer by Julia Alvarez

Every time I write a book, I feel I am getting a college education on stuff I need to learn in order to write from a totally diffrent point of view or period of time.

La ñapa: a passage from Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez

Was she remembering my name or was she saying it was a miracle that we had found each other? Either way, it seemed the same to me right then.

Border of Lights, Haiti and Dominican Republic

Border of Lights is a collective coming together to commemorate, collaborate and continue the legacy of hope and justice.

Border of Lights, 2013, Haiti and Dominican Republic

Border of Lights is committed to continuing our work as a community of concerned artists, activists, Dominicans, Haitians, with supporters of many nationalities.

Border of Lights 2012, Haiti and Dominican Republic

Border of Lights began with a handful (of Dominican- and Haitian-Americans and others in solidarity with us) who wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the Haitian Massacre.

Border of Lights Global Virtual Vigil

In 2012, Border of Lights planned a successful and heavily attended vigil on both sides of the Massacre River in Dajabón, DR and Ouaniminthe, Haiti. This year we wanted incorporate anyone who feels compelled to commemorate and drive the conversation about injustices within the diaspora.

Algonquin Book Club: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Algonquin Books has selected In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez as its first book club selection: Interview and webcast March 21, 2011.

Tía Lola Extras: How I Came To Write About Tía Lola -- a Letter to readers of Tía Lola stories by Julia Alvarez

I don't know about you, but I grew up with so many aunts in the Dominican Republic.

Tía Lola Extras: Why Tía Lola and I Love Sayings by Julia Alvarez

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach is filled with Tía Lola's favorite sayings. You guessed right if you think that as the author of the book, I, too, love sayings.

Tía Lola Extras: How Tía Lola Cooks Her Beans the Dominican Way by Julia Alvarez

If you cook beans Tía Lola's way, you will have a rich, savory treat you can ladle over rice or serve as a side dish.

Tía Lola Extras: How Tía Lola Makes Rice the Dominican Way by Julia Alvarez

You'd think that white rice would be the one of the easiest dishes to make. After all, there are only two ingredients: rice and water!

Tía Lola Extras: What Do I Do When I'm Not Writing? Part One by Julia Alvarez

I happen to be married to a guy who feels about farming the way I feel about writing. So, one of the things I do when I am not writing is farming.

Tía Lola Extras: What Do I Do When I'm Not Writing? Part Two by Julia Alvarez

Before I knew it, we were buying abandoned, deforested plots, planting trees that would protect the little coffee bushes, organizing the small farmers into a cooperative, bringing our coffee directly to customers in the United States.

Tía Lola Extras: A Typical Writing Day by Julia Alvarez

I confess that on glorious summer days, I take my writing outside, and let the sun and the breeze and the grass and the trees inspire me.

Tía Lola Extras: Introducing (some of) My Tías by Julia Alvarez

I grew up with so many tías, to this day, I don't even know the final count!

Tía Lola Extras: Gracias to those who hosted & read Tía Lola Blogs by Julia Alvarez

I wanted to say thank-you and mil-gracias to all of you who hosted Tía Lola and me on Tía Lola's blog tour.

Contact author Julia Alvarez

To contact author Julia Alvarez, go through Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists: complete contact information.

Guest Book: Julia Alvarez

Sign author Julia Alvarez's guest book and include your own personal message or suggestion.

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