Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria and United Palace of Cultural Arts present beloved Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez and her new book Afterlife—her first adult novel in nearly 15 years. Julia will read before being joined in conversation by an author to be announced and sign books afterward.
Antonia Vega, the writer at the center of Afterlife, has just retired from her job as an English professor when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. After her bighearted but unstable sister also disappears, Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves, but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, Afterlife asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our wider human family? How do we live in a world in need of repair without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those we have lost?
About the Author:
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, a Woman of the Year recognition by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.
This event is supported, in part, by the United Palace of Cultural Arts through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Members Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez, and Seven Stories Institute D.B.A. Word Up Community Bookshop through public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, and the Hesed Foundation.
NYC Book Launch with Julia Alvarez: “Afterlife”
Tuesday, April 29, 2020/Martes 29 de abril de 2020
The United Palace
4140 Broadway, Corner of 175th St.
New York NY 10033