Algonquin Books has started a national book club as a way of creating community through reading books and meeting authors! Now that Oprah's stopping her show, somebody's got to step up to the plate!
Explore Algonquin's Book Club site here: algonquinbooksblog.com/bookclub. I'm thrilled that their first choice was In the Time of the Butterflies, and the launch was in Miami on March 21st, 2011 at Books & Books in Coral Gables. I'm doubly thrilled that Edwidge Danticat introduced me and interviewed me both at the bookstore and in a live webcast. The webcast is available at the Book Club website.
Butterflies on Stage
In Spring 2011, Repertorio Español, New York's main Spanish-language theater company, showed "En el tiempo de las mariposas", based on In the Time of the Butterflies. It was exciting to see them make my story come alive onstage. You can see photos & watch videos from the production at repertorio.org.
Fifty years later, it's still the time for Butterflies. Why not start an international movement? Join me in a simple new tradition: wear a butterfly (a pin, a T-shirt, a barrette) on November 25 for Butterflies everywhere. Speaking of Butterflies, listen to this NEA Podcast for more of their story -- & mine.
In the Time of the Butterflies was added to The Big Read library. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. They have posted a marvelous Radio Show, Reader's Guide and Teacher's Guide for the book, available on their website: neabigread.org.
NEA Podcast: Julia Alvarez speaks about writing In the Time of the Butterflies.
Eveoke opened its 2010/2011 season with Las Mariposas, an original dance theatre production inspired by my novel In the Time of the Butterflies. In December 2011, it was my great pleasure to see the dance performance again in the Dominican Republic, along with girls from Mariposa DR Foundation, a nonprofit that rescues young girls and educates them to ensure that they will not become victims of poverty or violence.
Algonquin Book Club
Penguin Book Club Reading Guide
The Big Read Guides & Radio Show
see also: "Historiographic Metafiction in In the Time of the Butterflies," Dr. Isabel Zakrzewski Brown, in South Atlantic Review
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