By: Miranda Forman
With the North Carolina Literary Festival less than two weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about who you’ll want to hear. Meet Junot Díaz, one of our keynote authors.
The list of Díaz’s awards and accolades could fill all five of the high-resolution MicroTile walls in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and rightfully so. Along with the Pulitzer Prize, Díaz has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/O. Henry Award, and more.
The New York Times has called Díaz’s voice “one of the most distinctive and magnetic … in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic.” In an interview with Díaz, Sam Anderson writes that Díaz’s “receptivity to all the possible sources of inspiration is what makes Díaz’s work … so distinctively rich.” Díaz draws from every aspect of his history and our entire literary tradition to create vibrant characters who survive on many different borders, both physically and emotionally.
Díaz’s first book Drown was published to critical acclaim, featuring themes of absent fathers, immigrating from the Dominican Republic, and Díaz’s hallmark character Yunior—a nerdy, quirky teenager. The stories of Drown set the stage for Díaz’s later work, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her. If you’re looking for heartbreaking and inspiring reading from one of the most acclaimed writers in the country, pick up any one of Díaz’s books.
We are honored to welcome Díaz to the North Carolina Literary Festival where he will read and hold a book signing at 7:00-9:00pm on Friday, April 4th, at the Hunt Library—1070 Partners Way, Raleigh.
While the Festival is free and open to the public, space is limited, and we ask that you reserve tickets for two of our authors, Junot Díaz and Richard Ford. For free tickets to see Junot Díaz, please visit this link: https://t.co/ehKbjkk0RT. Richard Ford tickets can be reserved here: https://t.co/ojBnw27CcJ. You may also reserve tickets at Quail Ridge Books & Music.
For more information about the programs of the Literary Festival and to download the full schedule of events, please visit the Festival website.