The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

In the Time of the Butterflies
A novel by Julia Alvarez

The Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College is proud to join with the National Endowment of the Arts in sponsoring The Big Read in Austin, Texas. From October 11th to December 1st, we are encouraging and supporting the reading of The Big Read selection In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez.

We are sponsoring events for adults, teens, and children on our campuses, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, at Austin Public Library sites, in various Austin area schools, and at Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Recreation Center. We are especially pleased to be able to partner with so many wonderful organizations in our city.


Get your copy of In the Time of the Butterflies and En el tiempo de las Mariposas at:

Resistencia Bookstore
1801–A South First St.
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 416–8885


Project Manager: Lyman Grant, Dean, Arts and Humanities Division, 512-223-3352
Program Manager: Charlotte Gullick, Department Chair of Creative Writing, 512-223-3226
Program Manager: Rosa Davila, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language, 512-223-3342