The Big Read: In the Time of the Butterflies

Monday, October 15, 2018
through Thursday, January 3, 2019
9 am–5 pm
Robeson Library


John Powell

Paul Robeson Library, in conjunction with the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, is hosting The Big Read/In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez now through January 3, 2019.

Alvarez’s 1994 novel is a work of historical fiction based on the lives of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground efforts to topple dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's three-decade-long regime in the Dominican Republic. Three of the sisters—Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa—were executed on Trujillo's orders on November 25, 1960. Their story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just three months earlier in fear that her father's participation in the resistance would make him a target of Trujillo.

Complimentary copies of Alvarez’s novel are available on a first-come, first-served basis and viewers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Butterflies in Memoriam installation piece by creating their own butterfly in remembrance or honor of someone close to them.

At Rutgers–Camden, the goal of the Big Read is to connect approximately 3,000 New Jerseyans to the book and to each other through a two-month celebration, featuring a lecture series, interactive installations, and family-friendly storytelling performances. These activities are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit the Big Read website.

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