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LIVE from the NYPL: JULIA ALVAREZ: Saving the World


April 23, 2007


An evening with Julia Alvarez, whose latest book is Saving the World, a novel that probes the depths of politics, medicine, activism, and love featuring two extraordinary women — a 19th-century Spanish spinster and a best-selling Latina novelist transplanted to the United States.

About Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. She spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic, emigrating to this country at the age of ten. Her works include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, which was selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and the American Library Association, and In the Time of the Butterflies, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Critics? Award in fiction. She is also the author of two other novels, ¡YO! and In the Name of Salomé ; a collection of essays, Something to Declare; and five books of poetry: The Housekeeping Book, The Other Side/El Otro Lado, Homecoming: New and Collected, Seven Trees, and most recently, The Woman I Kept to Myself. She also writes books for young readers. Alvarez is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and she and her husband have established a sustainable farming project and literacy center in the mountains of her native Dominican Republic. Her "green fable," A Cafecito Story, is based on her experiences on that farm.