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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Junot Diaz to Give Reading on Campus

Junot Díaz, author of the widely acclaimed novel The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will give a reading on November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Hills Theater in the Smith Campus Center. Díaz received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his work, a lively novel that mixes English, Spanish and Spanglish to tell the story of Oscar, a 300-pound geek who wants to be the next Tolkien, and his Dominican-American family who suffer from a multi-generational curse.

Díaz has won several awards for his novel—his second book after a collection of short stories titled Drown (1996)—including the Pulitzer, the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was also declared the best novel of 2007 by Time and New York Magazine.

Entertainment Weekly called the book “"Terrific. . . . Narrated in high-energy Spanglish, the book is packed with wide-ranging cultural references--to Dune, Julia Alvarez, The Sound of Music--as well as erudite and hilarious footnotes on Caribbean history. It is a joy to read, and every bit as exhilarating to reread."

Díaz is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The reading will be preceded by the Latin American Studies Fall Reception at the Smith Campus Plaza at 4:15 p.m. Book purchases and book signings will be available after the reading as time permits.