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2008 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Diaz to Give Reading at Pomona College

Acclaimed author Junot Díaz will read from his novel The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Pomona College.

Among other accolades, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel was heralded as, “Funny, street-smart and keenly observed…An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrenaline-powered prose,” by The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle described it as, “Genius...a story of the American experience that is giddily glorious and hauntingly horrific.” Time declared the book was “Astoundingly great.”

A Dominican-American writer, Díaz is also known for his highly praised collection of short stories, Drown (1996). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), Pushcart Prize XXII and in the forthcoming collection, The O'Henry Prize Stories 2009. He is the fiction editor at Boston Review and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont). For further information, call (909) 607-2919 or visit:

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.