Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Lecture by Tulane Reading Project featured author Junot Díaz

August 31st, 2009
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location
Tulane University, Uptown Campus
McAlister Auditorium

Junot Díaz will give a lecture and discussion of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Sponsored by: Reading Project with additional support from Newcomb-Tulane College
Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Tickets: Not required

Since its inception in 2002, The Tulane Reading Project has created a shared intellectual experience for the entering first-year class through the reading and discussion of a selected book. With a variety of events scheduled throughout the fall semester, the Reading Project creates a campus-wide dialogue on a variety of themes.

This year’s book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for best novel of 2007. It chronicles the painfully awkward adolescence of an overweight Dominican-American teenager, a hopeless romantic who nurses his frequently broken heart with heavy doses of sci-fi and fantasy. Stuck between two cultures-and saddled with a nasty family curse-Oscar struggles to find his place in the world, with results alternately humorous and heartbreaking.

In his New York Times review, Michiko Kakutani wrote that The Brief Wondrous Life is “so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets ‘Star Trek’ meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.”


At a coffee shop on the uptown campus, incoming students read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. (Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano)

For more information contact Trina Beck via email at tbeck@tulane.edu or by phone at 504-314-2806.

Additional information may be found at the event website.

Read a recent New Wave article about the Reading Project.

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