Novelist Junot Diaz to appear at Rowan

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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz will read from his works and discuss the art of writing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Boyd Recital Hall in Wilson Hall at Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, N.J.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz will read from his works and discuss the art of writing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Boyd Recital Hall in Wilson Hall at Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, N.J.

The appearance by Díaz, one of the nation's most prominent fiction writers, is part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Middlesex County, Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books 2007). The book also won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anifield-Wolf Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

His critically praised, bestselling debut book, Drown, led to his inclusion as the only writer among Newsweek's "New Faces of 1996." His fiction appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), The Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009.

Díaz has received a Eugene McDermott award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Fiction editor at the Boston Review, Díaz is the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For information about the event, contact Bill Freind, freind@rowan.edu.

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