Synopsis: 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.
Start Time: Monday, October 15, 2018 12:00 AM
End Time: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Location: Paul Robeson Library
Address: 300 North 4th Street
Campus: Camden
City, State, Country: Camden, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Sponsor: Rutgers University Libraries
Category: Other
Contact Name: John Powell
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (856) 225-2838
Additional Information: 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.
Target Audience: Current Students,  Faculty,  Staff