MIDDLEBURY (AP) - Novelist, poet and Middlebury College instructor Julia Alvarez has won a National Medal of the Arts.

Alvarez, who lives in Weybridge, will receive the award along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Monday.

Alvarez is author of "How The GarcĂ­a Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butterflies." Her latest book, "A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship," is a nonfiction story that starts at a farm and literacy project she and her husband set up in the Dominican Republic.

The president awards the National Medal of the Art to individuals or groups who are "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States."


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