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Award-winning novel "In the Time of Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez is Broward County Library's 2018 NEA Big Read Selection
DATE: December 8, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Zimmermann
Libraries Division


BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read project.
Big Read 2018, a community-wide reading program, is exploring
In the Time of the Butterflies by award-winning author Julia Alvarez with a full calendar of events including book and film discussions, lectures, visual arts workshops, Dominican Republic cultural programs such merengue and bachata dance workshops and other fun, family-friendly programs.

The NEA Big Read Kickoff at the Chalklit Festival will take place on January 13, 2018, from 10AM-5PM at
Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-357-7444. This free event will feature music, food trucks, murals created live and on-site by more than 20 street artists, 3D printing stations, face painting, museum-curated workshops, crafting with Blick Art Materials, an area for kids to create their own chalk masterpieces and a People's Choice Award.

In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction based on the lives of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground efforts to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorial regime in the Dominican Republic. In 1960, three of the sisters were slain on Trujillo's orders. Their story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just months before the sisters' assassinations.

The novel gives a voice to all four sisters, who speak across the decades to tell their own stories and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage, love and the human cost of political oppression.

A limited number of free books are available for those wishing to participate in book discussions and other related activities. For a full listing of Big Read events, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page or visit The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

NOTE: The original press release left out an NEA Big Read book discussion event on January 27, 2018 from 2 to 3PM at Carver Ranches Library, 4735 SW 18 Street, West Park, FL 33023, 954-357-6245

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