Junot Díaz’s book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was recently named the best novel of the 21st century so far by BBC Culture.

He comes to St. Francis College as the latest speaker in the Walt Whitman Writers Series. Díaz will read from his work then answer questions from Isaac Fitzgerald (editor Buzzfeed Books). He will also take questions from the audience.

Writer Junot Díaz.

Writer Junot Díaz.

“Junot Díaz is among the most influential novelists alive,” said St. Francis College English Professor Theo Gangi, who is also the Director of the College Writing Program. “We are honored and excited to host him at St. Francis College.”

Díaz is the twelth writer to visit St. Francis for the Walt Whitman Series which continues to bring top contemporary authors to Brooklyn Heights to share their work and writing experiences with students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community. Previous authors include Charles Baxter, George Saunders, James Salter, Colum McCann, Ben Marcus, Dinaw Mengestu, Kate Christensen, Julie Orringer, Jonathan Lethem, Darcey Steinke, and Rick Moody.

The Walt Whitman Series is a continuation of St. Francis College’s commitment to supporting Brooklyn’s literary community. In addition to visits by these authors, the College also offers the biennial $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize and helps sponsor and host events for the Brooklyn Book Festival; giving students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community a front row seat to some of the best and most diverse professional writers at work today.

Who: Author Junot Díaz

What:  Walt Whitman Writers Series

Where: St. Francis College – Founders Hall

            180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

When: Thursday, April 16

            7:00pm

FREE & Open to the Public

Biographies

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.

Isaac Fitzgerald is the editor at Buzzfeed Books and the co-founder of Pen & Ink.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in

Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.  Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide

an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.

 

St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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