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In the Time of the Butterflies

On June 4, we announced the 2013 NEA Heritage Fellows . Holy moly, with nine states represented, could there be a more diverse range of artisans in terms of talent and geography? After you peruse their astounding biographies and compelling work samples, be sure to check out the Heritage Fellows on...
Pam Brooks with library patron Erik Willis and members of the Tropyband Orquestra, who helped celebrate Scotch Plains Library's official Big Read kickoff. Photo by Joshua Feist, Arts Midwest One of my favorite things about the Big Read is its capability to not only engage a community through a good...
Dedé Mirabal (l) with author Julia Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Dedé Mirabal This week, we celebrate the birthday of author Julia Alvarez. Alvarez is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist, whose second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, is a Big Read selection . Set in the Dominican Republic...
Washington, DC The Mirabal Museum (the sisters' second home) in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy of Ariel Laguilles. Set in the Dominican Republic, In the Time of the Butterflies is a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters, three of whom were murdered by henchmen of the ruthless...
Hayward, California Community members participate in The Big Read-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of Hayward Public Library, City of Hayward, California The newest addition to The Big Read library, In the Time of the Butterflies tells the story of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground...
New York, NY A production of En el Tiempo de las Mariposas , currently on stage at the Repertorio Español It is often said that art is a universal language. But what happens when that language gets lost in translation? For the almost 13 percent of New Yorkers who speak English ?less than very well...
Austin, Texas Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies , gave a reading at Austin's Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center as part of Austin Community College District's Big Read program. Pictured from left to right: Rosa Davila, Julia Alvarez, and Omar Davila. Photo by...
Washington, DC The Dominican Mirabal sisters famously fought for justice in one of the longest running (and most brutal) dictatorships in history. Author Julia Alvarez beautifully captured this dark period in a fictionalized account of the Trujillo dictatorship in her novel, In the Time of the...
Washington, DC "The Teacher" by Kevin Dooley via Flickr While you may not be able to judge a book by its cover, sometimes you can tell an awful lot about a book from its first line. Or can you? Here are the first lines from five of the titles in The Big Read library. Can you guess which novels...
"Lepidoptera 0004" by Noaha from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualarts/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) New to The Big Read library for 2010-2011 is In the Time of the Butterflies , Julia Alvarez's powerful historical novel set primarily in mid-20th century Dominican Republic. Among those chiming in on...

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