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Award-Winning Author to Speak at West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Julia Alvarez, prize-winning poet, essayist and novelist, will give a public reading at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Alvarez's multi-award-winning 1994 novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, has been chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" selection of the year. The novel is designed to inspire and to celebrate the human spirit as its characters struggle, sometimes fatally, with oppression and malevolence. It was also made into a movie starring Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony and Edward James Olmos.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, Alvarez will be present at other open events throughout the day, including a continental breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, and a discussion from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kathy Cashen Hall followed by a second discussion from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Alvarez, who is Dominican-American, writes books in both Spanish and English and for audiences from elementary-age to adults. She is working on a collection of essays about the current situation in Haiti, as well as at least one new children's book in her Tia Lola series.

For more information about Alvarez, please visit www.juliaalvarez.com. For further information about the event, please contact Emily Hipchen, UWG Associate Professor of English, either via email or at 678-839-4746.

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