Julia Alvarez, The Cemetery of Untold Stories. Authors on Main event!

Monday, April 15th, 2024, 7pm at the BNH Stage. Ticketed event: https://www.ccanh.com/show/julia-alvarez-on-main

Gibson's Bookstore, in conjunction with New Hampshire Public Radio and the Capitol Center for the Arts, is pleased to welcome best-selling author Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies) to the BNH Stage for an evening of literary discussion of her new novel, The Cemetery of Untold Stories, as part of our author series, Authors on Main!

Readers of Isabel Allende’s Violeta and Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead will devour Alvarez’s extraordinary new novel about beauty and authenticity, and will be reminded that the stories of our lives are never truly finished, even at the end.

Alvarez will be in conversation with NHPR's Julia Furukawa, host of NHPR's All Things Considered.

Alma Cruz, the celebrated writer at the heart of The Cemetery of Untold Stories, doesn’t want to end up like her friend, a novelist who fought so long and hard to finish a book that it threatened her sanity. So when Alma inherits a small plot of land in the Dominican Republic, her homeland, she has the beautiful idea of turning it into a place to bury her untold stories—literally. She creates a graveyard for the manuscript drafts and revisions, and the characters whose lives she tried and failed to bring to life and who still haunt her.

Alma wants her characters to rest in peace. But they have other ideas, and the cemetery becomes a mysterious sanctuary for their true narratives. Filomena, a local woman hired as the groundskeeper, becomes a sympathetic listener as Alma’s characters unspool their secret tales. Among them: Bienvenida, the abandoned second wife of dictator Rafael Trujillo, consigned to oblivion by history, and Manuel Cruz, a doctor who fought in the Dominican underground and escaped to the United States.

The characters defy their author: they talk back to her and talk to one another behind her back, rewriting and revising themselves. The Cemetery of Untold Stories asks: Whose stories get to be told, and whose buried? Finally, Alma finds the meaning she and her characters yearn for in the everlasting vitality of stories.

A signing line follows the event.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available from The Capitol Center for the Arts website: https://www.ccanh.com/show/julia-alvarez-on-main
Single: $38, includes general admission for one, and one hardcover copy of The Cemetery of Untold Stories
Double: $48, includes general admission for two, and one hardcover copy of The Cemetery of Untold Stories

Can't make this event? Order the book through our website, and leave your personalization/signing request in the order notes!

Event date: 
Monday, April 15, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
16 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301