For Immediate Release: March 18, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Deliver Lecture at Providence College
Providence, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Ryan Concert Hall at the Smith Center for the Arts on campus. (There will be a brief reception at 3:30 p.m. before the lecture.)
Hailed as one of the top 20 writers of the 21st century by The New Yorker Magazine, Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
The book chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey who loves science fiction and fantasy novels and dreams of falling in love. It also talks about the curse that has plagued Oscar's family for generations.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao also received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Mercantile Library Center's John Sargent Prize for First Novel, and was a 2007 New York Public Library "Book to Remember."
Díaz is also the author of Drown, a collection of short stories which focus on the teenage narrator's impoverished, fatherless youth in the Dominican Republic and his struggle adapting to a new life in New Jersey. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker Magazine, African Voices, and Best American Short Stories.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Díaz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University and earned a master’s of fine arts from Cornell University, where he wrote most of his first collection of short stories.
Currently, Díaz teaches creative writing at MIT and is also the fiction editor for the Boston Review. In 2010, he became the first Latino to be appointed to the 20-member Pulitzer Prize board of jurors.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, English Department, Foreign Language Studies, the Global Studies Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, please call 401-865-2836.