Julia Alvarez, Award Winning Writer

Happy birthday to writer, poetry and essayist Julia Alvarez. Alvarez was born in New York City on March 27, 1950; her parents were political refugees from the Dominican Republic. Her more prominent novels include “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” (1991), “In the Time of the Butterflies”(1994), and “Yo!” (1997). Alvarez’s work centers on the challenges of culture, immigration, and assimilation. Her novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” is a fictionalized account of the resistance by the Mirabel sisters to the Dominican military dictatorship (see November 25). This book was later made into a Hollywood film starring Selma Hayek. Alvarez has received numerous awards for her work.