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An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist: Junot Díaz

Mon Oct 7 2013

September 26, 2013

(Wednesday, Oct. 16, Belk Centrum, 7 p.m.) Best known as the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Dominican-born Junot Díaz will be in Hickory on Wed., Oct. 16 as a member of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series.

Diaz was raised in New Jersey but his experience of America through his immigrant background informs his work. Writing about the power of love—obsessive, illicit, fading love—is Diaz’ specialty. His prose has been described as energetic, inventive, tender and funny.

His stories remind us that passion trumps experience. And his novel “This Is How You Lose Her” was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. Publishers Weekly says the book is, “Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart.”

Diaz is critically acclaimed and he’s the recipient of many awards and recognitions including a MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is the fiction editor at Boston Review and a professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This event is open to the public, and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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