Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20090605, 20081003
Junot Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his second book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Dominican-American writer discusses this novel, as well as how genre fiction reveals the deepest fears of culture at large. He talks about the how his early childhood in the Dominican Republic and growing up in New Jersey influenced the creation of his characters in both his award-winning novel and his short story collection, Drown.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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