A Tribute to Julia Alvarez

Online Marathon Reading
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

Author Talk
Julia Alvarez with Concepción de León

A Tribute to Julia Alvarez

Author Talk
Julia Alvarez with Concepción de León

November 1st, 8pm ET


An Online Marathon Reading
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

November 2nd, 8th, 9th, 8pmET

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November 1st, 8:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023, for a captivating talk as Author Julia Alvarez discusses family, language, and identity with Concepción de León, senior editor for nonfiction at Pantheon Books, and previously a reporter with The New York Times. There will be a special introduction by Sandra Cisneros, author of the best-selling novel, The House on Mango Street.

Julia Alvarez

Concepción de León

Special Introduction by
Sandra Cisneros


November 2nd, 8th, 9th

On Thursday, November 2nd, Wednesday, November 8th, and Thursday, November 9th, join us for three evenings of marathon readings of Julia Alvarez’s best-selling novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, read by an amazing cast of powerful women who have a special connection to Alvarez and her work.

Marie Arana

Sandra Cisneros

Edwidge Danticat

María Amparo Escandón

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Gabriela Garcia

Reyna Grande

Maria Hinojosa

Sonia Manzano

Cleyvis Natera

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Nelly Rosario

Yamile Saied Méndez

Esmeralda Santiago

Helena Maria Viramontes

Antonia Bernal
Literacy Partners Student

Special Introduction by Stephanie Ramos
Reporter of ABC News

Julia Alvarez by Brandon Cruz González
Concepción de León from publishersweekly
Marie Arana by Victor Ch. Vargas
Sandra Cisneros by Keith Dannemiller
Angie Cruz by Erika Morillo
Edwidge Danticat by Lynn Savanese
María Amparo Escandón by Chris Ventura
Kali Farjado-Astine by Estevan Ruiz
Reyna Grande by ara@vipimages.com
Maria Hinojosa from imdb
Sonia Manzano by David Conzalez
Cleyvis Natera by Beowulf Sheehan
Ingrid Rojas Contreras by Jamil Hello
Nelly Rosario from Pen America
Yamille Saied Méndez by Raquel Acevedo
Esmeralda Santiago by Robert Curtis
Helena María Viramontes by Lindsay France
Stephanie Ramos from nexttv.com

* Both the author talk and the marathon reading are virtual events.


Drawing on her own upbringing between the Dominican Republic and the United States, in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez introduces us to the García sisters, Carla, Yolanda, Sandra, and Sofia, as they come of age in New York City. A generation of readers have found themselves in this captivating story of daily struggle and changing family dynamics in a “wondrous but not always welcoming” new home.

This virtual event is hosted by Literacy Partners, an adult literacy program where parents come to transform their lives and create a brighter future for their children through the power of literacy. Alvarez gives voice to the stories of so many of our students for whom language is key to belonging and accessing opportunity as they make a life for themselves and their family. She powerfully describes the complicated journey of forming a new, dual cultural identity.