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Junot Díaz

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Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20150918, 20141024

With nearly a decade between his first collection, Drown and his follow-up novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008Junot Díaz discusses the importance of fallow periods for his writing. Grateful for his awards and recognition, including a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, Díaz says they haven't affected his writing or the motivations behind it. He discusses structuring his short stories as a complete body of work and his process of sometimes dropping great stories to preserve the overall flow, and reads from his 2012 collection, This is How You Lose HerAn earlier 2008 interview with Junot Díaz is also available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Structure, Inspiration, Reading, Literature | Interview Year: 2013 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Genius Grant |

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