Due to an abundance of caution re: COVID-19, the Town Hall Theater is cancelling all events through April. We are hoping to reschedule this event, but we will be evaluating that as the weeks progress.
Internationally bestselling author Julia Alvarez will read from and discuss Afterlife, her first adult novel in almost fifteen years.
At the Town Hall Theater, Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Presented in partnership with The Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, Middlebury College and Ilsley Library.
Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.
“A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class of her own.”
—Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller The Poet X
Julia Alvarez is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling. She left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten and she currently resides in Weybridge.