Junot Diaz

When: Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m. 2009

Discussion of Diaz's first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani described as a "streetwise brand of Spanglish that even the most monolingual reader can easily inhale: lots of flash words and razzle-dazzle talk, lots of body language on the sentences, lots of David Foster Wallace-esque footnotes and asides." Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, and much of his writing reflects his experience as an immigrant in America. In addition to the Pulitzer, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was also awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was named the best novel of 2007 by 35 publications ranging from Time to New York Magazine. Not bad for a first book. Add in a teaching gig at MIT and a position as the Boston Review's fiction editor and here is one uniquely talented individual worthy of discussion.

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