Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2008, will give a literary reading and book signing on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on the seventh floor of University Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won 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.
His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009. He has received 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 is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This even its sponsored by Montclair State University's Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of Education and Community Outreach, College of the Arts, Psychology Department, Anthropology Department, Center for Student Involvement, Department of Spanish and Italian, Equity and Diversity, Honors Program, New Student Experience, Office of Residential Education and Services, President's Commission on Affirmative Action and Diversity, Center for Non-Violence, Multicultural Psychology Scholars, History Department, and the Latino/a Caucus.