An Evening With Junot Diaz Monday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
Junot Diaz’s struggle to complete his first book could have been called “The five long, tortuous years of a young Dominican-American.” Frustrated and discouraged, Diaz forced himself to keep writing. That tenacity led to
Drown, which won the PEN/O. Henry Prize. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was a literary sensation. With more than 100-million copies in print, the story spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and won a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Recently, Diaz received the much-coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius” award. Diaz’s new short story collection is This is How You Lose Her (Riverhead, $26.95). At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses. “Fast-paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive,” says Booklist in its starred review. Enjoy an evening with one of the freshest and most candid voices in literature today.
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)