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  • Interview: Author Junot Diaz

    Interview: Author Junot Diaz
    Junot Diaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, as well as the short story collections Drown and, most recently, This Is How You Lose Her —- a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He's a professor at MIT, a MacArthur "Genius," and the first Latino to sit on the Pulitzer Prize board of jurors. Still, the Dominican-American writer graciously took the time to answer a few of my questions via e-mail amidst a rigorous teaching schedule and a national paperback book tour (he'll be stopping by Yale University on Nov. 12 and Naugatuck Valley Community College on Nov. 14). We managed to cover the meaning of art, some of the quirks of his reoccurring narrator Yunior, and I even did my best to coax a little writing advice out of him.
  • The Biblioracle: Literary podcasts worth a listen

    The Biblioracle: Literary podcasts worth a listen
    It used to be if you wanted to hear someone talking to an author at length on the radio, you had to wait for Terry Gross and "Fresh Air" to invite someone on. I think Gross is a great interviewer, and sometimes her author chats are so good (particularly...

    Junot Diaz's broadside on 'too white' bias in MFA programs

    Junot Diaz's broadside on 'too white' bias in MFA programs
    Junot Díaz is not the only “person of color,” or POC, to have had an unpleasant MFA experience. Sandra Cisneros confesses to having “hated” her time at the famous Iowa Writers Workshop. “It was rather horrible,” she...

    USC's MPW program moves to Vermont College of Fine Arts

    USC's MPW program moves to Vermont College of Fine Arts
    When USC announced in January its plans to close its Masters of Professional Writing program, there was a cry of disapointment from alumni, writing teachers and the Southern California literary community. And yet it's not over for the program: Los...

    Diversity in kids' books campaign goes viral after BookCon uproar

    Diversity in kids' books campaign goes viral after BookCon uproar
    BookCon is a readers’ convention organized by Book Expo America for this month in New York. When BookCon organizers announced an all-star line up of children’s writers-- including Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan and Lemony Snicket...