College of Liberal Arts

Julia Alvarez Talk

Monday Mar 31, 2014 7:00 PM | Jesse Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor, Dr. Jennifer M. Wilks on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at Homer Rainey Hall. A book signing and reception to follow at the Harry Ransom Center. 

Alvarez was born in New York City but raised in the Dominican Republic until she was 10. In 1960 her family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic when it was discovered that her father was involved in a plot to overthrow dictator Rafael Trujillo. Much of Alvarez's work is considered semi-autobiographical, drawing on her experiences as an immigrant and her bicultural identity. Alvarez's unique experiences have shaped and infused her writing—from such award-winning novels as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies to her poetry. Alvarez’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Presented by the University Co-op, the Harry Ransom Center and the 2013–2014 Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film.



Join us for a film screening of Go For Sisters and a discussion with filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi on Monday, April 28, 2014. Time and location TBD.


TILTS is an annual, multidisciplinary initiative that showcases dynamic scholarship in literary and textual studies. TILTS is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Vice-Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English of The University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. James Cox 
Dr. Domino Perez
Dr. Jennifer Wilks 



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