Lit Bit: Julia Alvarez Announced as 2009 F. Scott Fitzgerald Honoree


Popular novelist Julia Alvarez has been announced as the 2009 honoree for the prestigious F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award.  She will accept the award at the 14th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference on October 17.


Julia Alvarez is an author who excels in multiple fields of writing:  storybooks for children, young adult books, nonfiction, poetry – and most notably, novels.  She is best known for critically acclaimed novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accentsand In the Time of the Butterflies.  More recent fiction includes Return to Sender and Saving the World. 


In being selected as an F. Scott Fitzgerald Honoree, Julia Alvarez Leonard joins an impressive group of talented authors.  Previous award winners to accept the Fitzgerald award at the annual conference in Rockville, Maryland include John Updike, Norman Mailer, E.L. Doctorow,  Joyce Carol Oates, Ernest J. Gaines,  Edward Albee , William Styron, John Barth, Grace Paley, Pat Conroy, William J. Kennedy, and Jane Smiley.  Last year’s honoree was Elmore “Dutch” Leonard.


Support comes from the City of Rockville, Montgomery College, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Gazette Newspapers, the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission, Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd., Vermont Coffee Company, Roundhouse Theater and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.


Learn more about Julia Alvarez and her work at her website.


Make plans to see Julia Alvarez in person at the next F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference on October 17, 2009.  Stay tuned to the conference website for details as they become available.




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