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Portland Arts & Lectures: Julia Alvarez

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway

April 3, 2014


Award-winning Dominican writer Julia Alvarez has said, "a novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart" Her work frequently deals with family dramas set in politically charged climates. She has published over 19 books, including the best-selling novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In The Time of Butterflies, the memoir A Wedding in Haiti, poetry and books for children. Alvarez was born in New York but lived in the Dominican Republic until she was 10, when her family fled the dictatorship of Trujillo and relocated permanently in America. Alvarez says, "I am a Dominican, hyphen, American. As a fiction writer, I find that the most exciting things happen in the realm of that hyphen -- the place where two worlds collide or blend together.'"


Portland Arts & Lectures

The 29th season of Portland Arts & Lectures begins on October 8, 2013 with a lecture by Salman Rushdie, the celebrated and controversial international author of eleven novels. Ann Patchett, the author most requested by the audience in a recent survey, will appear November 20, 2013. January 14, 2014 brings Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author of The Looming TowerLawrence Wright, whose most recent book is Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Graphic novelist and noted cartoonist Chris Ware will appear in conversation with renowned book designer Chip Kidd on February 18, 2014. The season rounds out with one of the most significant and critically-acclaimed Latina writers, Julia Alvarez, on April 3, 2014.

Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought leading authors, historians, artists and critics to our community to discuss their work and the trajectory of contemporary culture, connecting readers and writers of all ages in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and engagement with events, classroom visits, and forums. Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists and thinkers to our community.