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VIDEO: Junot Diaz Speaks On The Importance Of Libraries

As the U.S. economy continues to crawl toward recovery, more and more people find themselves at the library. Filled with resources, computers, books and programs, the local library is often one of the only places people can go to get their information needs met, and unlike most online sources, there are real live people there to offer assistance.  Writers tend to be very vocal champions for libraries, particularly these days as funding is cut while demand is highest. Earlier this year, during an author visit to his local library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Junot Diaz spoke for a few minutes on the importance of libraries, particularly as it relates to his success as an author. "I can directly attribute who I am as a writer, an artist, as a thinker..from my early, early experiences in my... Read More →

Junot Diaz Shares What’s On His Christmas Dinner Table

We're keeping it light this week—we know everyone is busy with family and friends and the wonderfulness of the holiday season. In honor of Christmas being around the corner, we found this interview with Junot Diaz on American Public Media about his connection to his culture and how he celebrates Christmas. We particularly liked this quote about the connectedness of the holidays:  I think part of sitting down and sharing a meal with family and with the community is that food is a remarkable bonding force. When I think of that state that we loved to achieve. That state where you're together with people you love, that you care about, who are your relatives. For a shining evening, or for a shining day, you are able to achieve communion. It's kind of a peace with each other. It's kind of... Read More →

Are There Books On Your Holiday List? Here’s Three Books We Think You Should Include

If you haven't read it already, Junot Diaz' This is How You Lose Her is a terrific collection of short stories that reaffirmed NY Times book critic Michiko Kakutani belief that Diaz has "one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction."                      Multiple book critics have deemed Louise Erdrich's new novel the best she's written and that's saying a lot as her other 13 novels have been widely praised for her extraordinary storytelling skills. Watch a quick video of Erdrich discussing her latest.                      Do we need to say more about Toni Morrison? We don't think so. We've enjoyed her many interviews this year while on... Read More →

In A Disaster, Do People Need Books As Much As They Need Other Supplies?

Several Nobel laureates, Libraries Without Borders and dozens of authors believe so. They are petitioning for books to be considered crucial in disaster relief. Among those who have signed the petition are Anisfield-Wolf winners Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates and Edwidge Danticat. Patrick Weil, chairman of Libraries Without Borders, says they are urging the UN to consider "nourishment of the mind" a fundamental resource in disaster relief. This first came about after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, when the organization was contacted about rebuilding a destroyed library.  Weil said:  "The first priority is life, but when life is secure, what can people do if they are staying in a camp? They cannot do anything, and they can become depressed. Once life is secured,... Read More →

A Look Back At Junot Diaz’ Incredible Year

Junot DíazFew writers get the opportunity to be popular and well-regarded, particularly with readers' fickle attention spans. But Junot Diaz seems to be hitting on both fronts. Diaz wrote a message of thanks to all his fans this year on his Facebook page. His list of accolades for his latest book, This is How You Lose Her, is quite impressive:  Now with the long tour over the new book is finally starting to come to life--God knows when it will get done but it's starting to pull on me again. If it takes off I might be signing off facebook in a couple of weeks in order to focus on its full-time and will be back in late summer in time for the fall paperback tour madness. Again: thanks one and all. Also: my publisher sent along this list and I'm super-grateful to all the editors who pulled for... Read More →

Junot Diaz Presents Keynote At 2012 Facing Race Conference

Junot Díaz2008 winner Junot Diaz recently wrapped up his book tour for his latest book, This Is How You Lose Her, at the Facing Race conference in Baltimore last week. He wrote to his fans:  "So many extraordinary activists, so many brilliant youth. Thanks to all the organizers who made it happen and to all the already-tired participants that patiently endured my keynote. You seriously rock! In other news tonight was the last day of the tour. Basically two straight months on the road, two months I was very lucky to have...It was better than anything I could have imagined. Thanks to everyone who supported the work, who advocated for the new book, who took time to come to the readings. Thanks to all the booksellers to all the librarians to all the teachers who often often brought their students to... Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Winners Reaction To The Election

The 2012 election cycle was filled with a bombardment of political ads, 24-hour news cycles dissecting every possible angle, and an overwhelming sense of hype surrounding who will be our next batch of elected representatives. Some of our winners got in on the action and made a few comments about the election as well.  Junot Diaz, who has been writing consistently about the Latino effect in this year's election, wrote a special message on his Facebook page. "Obama WINS!" he wrote shortly after the race had been called. "The Latino community came out BIG for Obama. Very proud of my community, very proud of all the new voters, the very proud of all the Obama supporters who put in the time and the hard work to make this happen." Never one to shy away from his passions, David Livingstone... Read More →

VIDEO: Junot Diaz Cracks Jokes, Reads Excerpt From Latest Book At Authors @ Google

Junot Diaz made a lively appearance at Google's headquarters for its "Authors @ Google" interview series. Watch the video above and listen as Diaz reads the introduction to one of the short stories in his book, This is How You Lose Her.  Read More →

Junot Diaz, Louise Erdrich Named Finalists For The National Book Awards

We keep on telling you how terrific 2012 is shaping up for Junot Diaz and the accolades keep coming. Today, he and fellow Anisfield-Wolf award winner Louise Erdrich were named as 2012 National Book Awards finalists. Watch the announcement in the video below: Read More →

Junot Diaz Wins 2012 MacArthur “Genius” Grant

We think it's safe to say that 2012 is a great year for Junot Diaz. He just released his third book to critical acclaim (and outright gratitude from the readers who wait years for new material). Now he can add being a MacArthur "genius" to his list of accomplishments.  Each year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards "genius grants" to individuals whose creativity and potential lends themselves to an investment in their future work. Each MacArthur Fellow (the formal name of the awards) receives $500,000 ($100,000 each year, spread over five years) to spend as they wish, in the pursuit of a new project.  Diaz was surprised with the award last month in Chicago and once the award was made public he wrote on his Facebook page to show his gratitude: "Thanks to... Read More →
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