Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz graces Villa Victoria Center for the Arts to debut his latest work, Islandborn.
llustrated by Leo Espinosa, Islandborn celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
“Immigrant communities don’t get enough books and they certainly don’t get enough love and I hope Islandborn will be both,” says Díaz. “On the surface, Islandborn tells of a girl’s journey of discovery but it's also a celebration of the kind of imaginaries that we immigrants have often needed to make homes for ourselves where previously there were none. When your life is scattered over multiple worlds a strong imagination is a straight-up necessity.”
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.*
Come meet this incredible author and help us celebrate this important new story! Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event.
*courtesy of Penguin Random House.