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Author Díaz to discuss his work

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 7 p.m. · 101 McCormick Hall
Award-winning novelist Junot Díaz will speak about his work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in 101 McCormick Hall.

The title of the discussion, "Dominican Tolkiens: Diasporic Nerdiness and the Quest for the Divine," refers to Díaz's latest novel, "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao," the story of an aspiring science fiction writer who hopes to become the Dominican version of J.R.R. Tolkien. Diaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for the book.

The event will feature Díaz in discussion with Albert Raboteau, Princeton's Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, and Emily Raboteau, an assistant professor of English at the City College of New York.

Díaz, whose works also include his critically acclaimed debut novel "Drown," has won several awards and was named one of the top 20 writers for the 21st century by The New Yorker magazine. He is an associate professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The event is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies; the Council of the Humanities; the departments of comparative literature, English, and Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures; the Office of the President; and the programs in American studies, creative writing and Latin American studies.

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