LINCROFT, NJ (Nov. 13, 2014) – Community members of all ages are invited to an evening with award-winning novelist Julia Alvarez at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The discussion will center on Alvarez’s bestselling novel “In the Time of Butterflies,” which was read by thousands of Monmouth County students and adults this fall as part of The Big Read 2014.

Alvarez, a Bura Pulpre Award winner and two-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, will also answer questions and discuss the book’s themes of human rights, equality and freedom.

“This is a wonderful and very rare opportunity for the community to hear Julia Alvarez speak in person,” said Deborah Degnan, coordinator of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale.  

General admission is $10; student admission is $5. Current Brookdale students can attend for free. Space is limited. To register visit

The Collins Arena is located at 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. For more information call Dale Daniels at 732-224-2074 or email

The event is part of Brookdale’s Visiting Writers Series and The Big Read, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and hosted in Monmouth County by Chhange. More information is available at