The Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry are pleased to present Pulitzer Prize-winning author and McArthur ‘Genius’ Junot Díaz at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, April 23rd. Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New Jersey and currently serving as an MIT tenured professor, Díaz provides a unique voice for “capturing the absurdities of the human condition” (as per the NY Times).
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“One of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.” Michiku Kakutani (The New York Times, 9/4/2007)
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
Tucson Weekly/Mari Herreras: Junot Díaz: Five Questions (4/17/14)
Bill Moyers: Junot Díaz on Rewriting the Story of America (interview, 12/28/2012)
New York Times: Travails of an Outcast by Michiko Kakutani (9/4/2007)
The New Yorker: Twenty under Forty (6/14/2010)
Atlantic Monthly: How Junot Díaz Wrote a Sexist Character, but Not a Sexist Book (9/11/2012)
NPR: Guest DJ: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz (10/12/2012)
The New Yorker: Conversations with Junot Díaz, Karen Russell, and George Saunders (video interview, 10/11/2013)
SAMPLE PUBLISHED FICTION & NON-FICTION
Drown (New York: Riverhead), 1996.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (New York: Riverhead), 2007.
This Is How You Lose Her (New York: Riverhead), 2012.
“How to Date a brown girl (black girl, white girl or halfie)” (short story)
“Miss Lora” (short story, The New Yorker, April 23, 2012)
“Homecoming, with Turtle” (essay, The New Yorker, June 14, 2004)
“Negocios” (in Spanish; translation by Diaz)
“One Year: Storyteller in Chief” (essay, The New Yorker, Jan. 20, 2010)