Julia Alvarez

Writer (In the Time of the Butterflies, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents); PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist

New Words, you have crossed borders and included us all on your bookshelves and in projects and programs organized by your store. You have given us a voice and a home. Now again, you cross a new frontera in your search to empower us as storytellers and women. I am proud of you for not stopping at success but being courageous enough to change as the needs change. ‘The function of freedom is to free someone else,’ Toni Morrison has said. New Words, you have made that your driving mission, and in doing so, you have provided us all with a model and a challenge to grow. Your leadership and vision are more necessary now than ever. ¡Pa’lante!