Hot on the heels of his latest novel, Alma Mutters, Julio Varela has announced that he will be hosting an author event at Books & Books in Coral Gables.
Come See Julio Varela, Author of Alma Mutters
When: June 30, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Alma Mutters is a hilarious and scathing satire of the private school system. After twenty years teaching in the frying pan of higher education, philosophy professor Xavier Mas Penoso (“Most Bashful”) leaps from the skillet and straight into the forest fire of his alma mater. Back in the 80s, Bellarmine Jesuit Preparatory School had taught him to analyze and synthesize in a school with little patience for slackers. However, in the intervening thirty years, Bellarmine’s old school Jesuits have been supplanted by a new breed of media savvy priest, long on ambition, short on integrity. In a school where volitional acts have no consequences, Xavier resolves to dispense wisdom, even if it takes rocket-propelled grenades, a Kevlar helmet, and more holy water than The Exorcist.
Julio Varela teaches undergraduate literature, humanities, film, and philosophy courses in South Florida, where he began teaching in 1993. Dr. Varela’s writing credits include Vortex to Virus, Myth to Meme: The Literary Evolution of Nihilism and Chaos in Modernism and Postmodernism, published in 2009 by VDM Verlag, as well as a number of book reviews for Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science. He received his doctoral degree in humanities from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Varela lives in Miami, Florida. This is his first novel.