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Arlington Reads 2013 Author Event: Junot Díaz Discussing “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”–Central

When: Back to Calendar April 29, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington,VA 22201
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
Categories: Authors Book Clubs
Tags: @ Central Arlington Reads 2013

See Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Díaz

Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Arlington Reads 2013 welcomes Junot Díaz, author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”  The book weaves shifting narration and a tragic family backstory with the longings of a fatherless, overweight teen transplanted in New Jersey with only science fiction as an escape.

Like his main character, Díaz emigrated from the Dominican Republic. A best-selling first novel, “Oscar Wao” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007. Time magazine called it the best novel of the year, “a massive, heaving, sparking tragicomedy.” Díaz is another 2012 MacArthur fellowship winner and a 2012 National Book Award finalist.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the conclusion.

Arlington Reads is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.

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  1. Janet Donaghy says:

    What a wonderful idea it is to have authors who have themselves experienced immigration speak about their books and lives. I regret missing the first and hope to attend the second presentation. The recent tragedy in Boston emphasizes the importance and timeliness of this program, with regard to the challenges of growing up in a new country, including language, family, and other cultural demands. Congratulations, Arlington!

  2. Janet Donaghy says:

    What a wonderful idea it is to have authors who have experienced immigration speak to the community about their books and lives. The recent tragedy in Boston spotlights the importance of learning more about how moving to a new country presents challenges of language, intra-family relationships, and other cultural issues. Congratulations, Arlington!

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