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2019 Lawrence A. Sanders prize in fiction honors Julia Alvarez

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Born in New York City in 1950, Julia Alvarez's parents returned to their native country, Dominican Republic, shortly after her birth. Ten years later, the family was forced to flee to the United States because of her father’s involvement in a plot to overthrow the dictator, Rafael Trujillo.

Alvarez has written novels (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, ¡Yo!, In the Name of Salomé, Saving the World), collections of poems (Homecoming, The Other Side/ El Otro Lado, The Woman I Kept to Myself), nonfiction (Something to Declare, Once Upon A Quinceañera, and A Wedding in Haiti), and numerous books for young readers (including the Tía Lola Stories series, Before We Were Free, finding miracles, Return to Sender and Where Do They Go?).

Alvarez’s awards include the Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for her books for young readers, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. In 2013, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

The Lawrence Sanders Award was established in 2010, funded through the generosity of the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation. It is given annually by the FIU Creative Writing Program to honor a writer of fiction whose work embodies not only wide appeal but also literary excellence. Past recipients include Scott Turow, Pat Conroy, Isabel Allende, Richard Ford, Amy Tan, Michael Ondaatje, Tim O’Brien, Jane Smiley and Dennis Lehane.

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Start: Friday, February 22, 2019 6:00 PM

End: Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 PM

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