October 1, 2012 |
On Monday, news of who would be named the 2012 MacArthur Fellows leaked out early in reports by the Associated Press and elsewhere. Two writers are among the 23 artists, scientists and thinkers on the list: Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu. Diaz is the author of, most recently, the short story collection "This Is How You Lose Her," published in September. Mengestu's most recent work is the 2010 novel "How to Read the Air. " Both are published by Riverhead. Each author will receive a no-strings-attached "genius grant" of $500,000.
December 14, 2008
Fiction 1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 3. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14) 4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz ($14) 5. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) Nonfiction 1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama ($7.99) 2. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ($14.95) 3. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15) 4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15) 5. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle ($14)
March 13, 2008 |
Writer Junot Diaz has always juggled multiple identities: Born in the Dominican Republic, he grew up part nerd, part playboy in New Jersey. His 1996 book of short stories, "Drown," turned some heads, but it wasn't until his debut novel last year, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," that all those identities beautifully collided to make bestseller gold. Suddenly, it's not only literary nerds who know Diaz's name -- or Oscar Wao's. Diaz will be in town for a free reading from the novel at Westwood's Hammer Museum at 7 p.m. Monday.
September 16, 2007 |
Junot Díaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" seems poised to be the hottest debut novel of the year. Arriving after 11 years of expectation following Díaz's celebrated story collection "Drown," the novel's narrative voice evokes both the polyglot energy of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" and the sexual longing (and New Jersey setting) of Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint." But in some crucial ways Oscar, the novel's hapless protagonist, is the opposite of the horn dog Portnoy.