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Tía Lola Stories

Letter to Readers
of Tía Lola Stories

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th - October 15th) and in celebration of the publication of the second book in the Tía Lola Stories series (four in all), How Tía Lola Learned to Teach (October 12, 2010), here's a short letter to fans of Tía Lola and to the readers of these books.

Tía Lola Blog Tour 2010

If you haven't yet met Tía Lola, I hope you will join us on the online blog tour that took place in October 2010. The blog posts are still available from Tía Lola's page.

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez October 2010:
How Tía Lola
Learned to Teach

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4 October 2010

How I Came To Write About Tía Lola
to readers of Tía Lola stories

I don't know about you, but I grew up with so many aunts in the Dominican Republic.
There was Tití, who was always reading books, and who knew the definition of any word without having to look it up in the dictionary. There was Tía Rosa, who was a wonderful listener and a great cook. And Tía Lulú, who told funny stories and loved to play practical jokes on people. There was Tía Idalita, who was always smiling, and Tía Claudina, who hardly ever smiled, and Tía Laurita, who was sentimental -- you had to be careful not to hurt her feelings, and Tía Amelia who was also my godmother, widowed and rich with a huge mansion; Tía Fofi, who made our clothes and could work a little magic.
When I was ten, we moved to the United States. I left all those aunts behind on the island, but I carried memories of them in my head.
Years later, I wanted to write those memories down. I rolled up all those remembered aunts into one aunt. I thought about a lot of the questions I was asking myself when we settled down in this country. What does it mean to come from another country and become an American? What does it mean if you are born here but your parents or grandparents came from somewhere else? What does it mean to be a little different from the people around you? What does it mean to be a family if your parents break up and your extended family is living far away? And finally, what happens when you've got all these questions in your head, and your crazy, smiling, funny, well-meaning, sometimes annoying, sentimental, and magical aunt Lola from the Dominican Republic comes to visit you in Vermont?
I wrote these Tía Lola books mostly to see if I could try to answer some of these questions, but also because I wanted to bring all those aunts back from the dusty past so that they could become a part of the lives of all my readers.
As Tía Lola would say in Spanish,
"¡Bienvenidos lectores a mis libros!"
Welcome, readers to my books!
How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay
-- published in 2000
How Tía Lola Learned to Teach
-- coming very soon: October 12, 2010
How Tía Lola Saved the Summer
-- coming kind of soon: May 10, 2011
How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over
-- last one to come: September 13, 2011

Julia Alvarez
Weybridge, Vermont

Copyright © Julia Alvarez 2010-2014.
All rights reserved. No further duplication, downloading or
distribution permitted without written agreement of the author
(please contact my agent, Stuart Bernstein).
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More Books by Julia Alvarez:

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Tía Lola Stories

How Tía Lola
Came to Visit Stay

How Tia Lola Came to -Visit- Stay: a novel for young readers by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
middle readers, 2001
click for book summary

How Tía Lola
Learned to Teach

How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
middle readers, 2010
click for book summary

How Tía Lola
Saved the Summer

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
middle readers, 2011
click for book summary

How Tía Lola
Ended Up Starting Over

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over, a book for young readers by Julia Alvarez
middle readers, 2011
click for book summary
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