Junot Diaz

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Junot Diaz sits down with The New Yorker's Book Bench

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of the forthcoming collection of stories This Is How You Lose Her spoke to The New Yorker's book blog about his narrative style, career, and passions.

"I seem to have to make my characters family before I can access their hearts in any way that matters," Diaz said of his characters. "And as any elder can tell you—you can make a friend in a minute, but family requires a different order of commitment. Seems you got to put your whole life into it for it really to work." Read the full interview here.

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Junot Diaz at BEA!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We'll be livestreaming Junot Diaz's appearance at BEA on June 5 from 8 - 9:30 AM! Tune in then!


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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Four Riverhead authors featured in New Yorker’s Summer Fiction Issue

Riverhead authors Junot Díaz, Aleksander Hemon, George Saunders, and Salvatore Scibona have each contributed a piece to the New Yorker's 2011 Summer Fiction Issue. Click here to read Scibona's "Where I Learned to Read." To read Saunders' story "Home," click here, and to read his interview with the New Yorker, click here.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Junot Diaz to be honored at The American Place Theater’s Literature To Life Awards Gala

Literature to Life® is a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. This educational program gives students a new form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books with performances that create an atmosphere of discovery and spark the imagination. The group’s adaptation of  Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will be featured at their annual gala where Junot will be on hand as the guest of honor and to discuss the performance. For upcoming performance dates, click here.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Junot Díaz predicts what 2010 will bring

Junot Díaz writes an essay for The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy about what 2010 will bring in the way of culture, media, world events, economic matters, technology, and scandals. Díaz’s prediction? More of the same. Read the essay here.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Oscar Wao and Everything Bad are among the Greatest Gen X Books of All Time, says Details

Details just published their list of the 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time which included Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (#3, “written with such slangy exuberance, and explore[s] so powerfully and originally the links between colonial politics, fantasy escapism, and the American immigrant experience.”) and Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad Is Good For You (#7, “Brilliantly counter-intuitive.”).

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the "Novel of the Decade"

Sam Anderson praises Junot Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in his New York Magazine piece, “When Lit Blew into Bits,” calling it the “Novel of the Decade.” Anderson discusses what the novel has grown into in the past ten years (which he refers to as “the aughts”) and asserts that The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao “most artfully co-opted our newfangled webbiness, [and] allowed itself to feel simultaneously major and small, [and] anchored its post-postmodern gimmickry in solid fictional ground…The result is a reference-studded Spanglish loaded so densely with extratextual shout-outs (ringwraiths, Le Corbusier, Joseph Conrad’s wife) it practically requires the web as an unofficial appendix. The book could have been sponsored by Google and Wikipedia; you either have to consult them constantly or just surrender to the vastness of the knowledge you don’t have—which is, of course, its own kind of pleasure.” Read the fascinating article here.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Junot Díaz on becoming a writer in O, The Oprah Magazine

Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, writes for O, The Oprah Magazine about his process of becoming a writer despite years of not being able to produce anything “worth a damn.” Díaz writes, “In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Read the piece here.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Riverhead authors at the New Yorker Festival Oct 16-18

Check out a few Riverhead authors at the 2009 New Yorker Festival October 16-18—Junot Díaz in conversation with Edwidge Danticat, Aleksandar Hemon talks to Joshua Ferris, George Saunders alongside Gary Shteyngart, and David Owen interviewing New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth. Find out more details and how to get tickets here.

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