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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.
  • Christine Sneed: Short stories deserve love, too

    Christine Sneed: Short stories deserve love, too
    A paradox resides within the heart of the large and thriving community that produces, publishes and consumes works of fiction: short story collections are often regarded by the book-world rainmakers as the literary equivalent of the poor relation who...

    The Brothers Book Club

    The Brothers Book Club
    Our club: We are The Brothers Book Club, and we were founded in Los Angeles more than 15 years ago. Members live in Chicago; Los Angeles; Oakland and Palm Springs, Ca.; Washington D.C.; and South Plainfield, N.J. Our meetings: We meet quarterly and...

    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...