Talk of the Stacks

Julia Alvarez

Rescheduled – A Virtual Event

October 8, 2020 AT 7:00 PM


Afterlife cover

Born in New York City in 1950, 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.  In the hardships of assimilating to the English language and American life, Alvarez found comfort in the world of stories, fostering a love for reading and writing. Her first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, won a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for excellence in multicultural literature. Her reading audience continued to grow with the publications of her later novels, including In the Time of the Butterflies. A versatile artist, Alvarez has also written several collections of poems, nonfiction, and numerous books for young readers.

Alvarez’s honors include the Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for her books for young readers, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award.  In 2013, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Afterlife, a new novel, was published in April 2020.

For this event, Julia Alvarez will be joined in conversation by Anika Fajardo, author of the Minnesota Book Award finalist Magical Realism for Non-Believers. 

The 2020 Talk of the Stacks series is presented by U.S. Bank with additional support from the Star Tribune.


Order the new release through bookseller partner Magers & Quinn. Using your Hennepin County Library card, download past titles through the Libby App or OverDrive, or place a hold for pickup at a grab and go location.

Julia Alvarez portrait