Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7pm, Music Building, $20
u n o t í a z
with Leonard Lopate
is the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, as well as the collections of stories Drown and, most recently, This Is How You Lose Her, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2012. Walter Mosely has said: “Junot Díaz is a major new writer. His world explodes off the page into the canon of our literature and our hearts.” The Dallas Morning News has said: “[Díaz’s] style is succinct and unadorned, yet the effect is lush and vivid, and after a few lines you are there with him, living in his documentary, his narration running through your head almost like your own thoughts….Remarkable.” The Boston Globe has described Drown as “graceful and raw and painful and smart….The pages turn and all of a sudden you’re done and you want more.” Francine Prose, writing in Elle, has described the stories in Drown as “searing snapshots from the rocky, dangerous road that leads [Díaz’s] characters to adulthood—from the barrios and villages of the Dominican Republic to the crowded apartments and crack dens of New Jersey’s inner cities…. Engaging…compulsively readable…spare, tense, powerful.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times, has said: “Junot Díaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a wondrous novel…. An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrenaline-powered prose…a book that decisively establishes [Díaz] as one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.”
In addition to reading from his work, Junot Díaz will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Junot Díaz: Nina Subin