Talk of the Stacks

Julia Alvarez

December 21, 2020 AT 7:00 PM

Friends of HCL Event Update

Friends of HCL is carefully monitoring all updates on COVID-19 from the governor, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. 

Julia Alvarez’s appearance at Talk of the Stacks remains in postponed status. We are working with her representatives to potentially reschedule the talk at a to-be-determined time later this year. Updates on our events will continue to be communicated via e-mail, social media, and on this web page. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges together.


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 awards 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, will be published in April 2020.

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


This program is FREE and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 pm for general admission seating. The program begins at 7 pm. Seating is limited. Overflow space with live feed will be available.


To request ASL interpreting, please contact at least one week prior to the event. Assistive listening devices and wheelchair accessible and companion seating are available at all Talk of the Stacks events.

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Julia Alvarez portrait