September 07, 2011

Author Junot Diaz Meets Freshman Class to Discuss Writing

Headshot of Junot DiazWhat: Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
When: September 13, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m.
Where: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Watson Auditorium
550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(*reception to follow)

Information: Junot Diaz, author of this year's summer required reading selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will be on campus Tuesday, September 13, to address the entire freshman class. His book is about a self-proclaimed sci-fi ghetto nerd and his search for love, and it also deals with his family history in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Diaz will read from his novel and take questions from the students.

This annual event connects Wentworth’s freshman class with the author from their required summer reading to underscore the importance of reading and reinforce the students’ academic experience.

In 2008, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, given for “distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” It won The National Book Critics Circle Award and was Time Magazine's Number One Fiction Book of the Year for 2007.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and is open to the Wentworth community. For more information, contact Gloria Monaghan, chair of the Summer Reading Committee, at (617) 989-4294, or Elaine Mom, academic coordinator, at mome@wit.edu or (617) 989-4293.

About the Author: Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently serves as the fiction editor at the Boston Review, and is the Rudge and Nancy Allen professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has received several awards, including the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States), and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.  He is also the author of a collection of short stories titled Drown.

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