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Brevity Has Its Advantages: 9 Astounding Short Story Collections

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.08.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Susan Perabo | Off the Shelf I know so many great readers who don't read short stories. On one hand, I get it. Short stories are definitely differ...

11 Artfully Interwoven Episodic Tales

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.02.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

These eleven episodic novels do not follow traditional linear storylines, but don't think of them as short story collections either. Read as a whole, these narratives illuminate in their content and structure how we're more connected than we think.

23 Books By Latinos That Might Just Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.19.2015 | Latino Voices

Whether you're looking to find yourself in a book or lose yourself in a story, there's a colorful and magical literary world to explore through the le...

Dozens Of High-Profile Hispanics Write Blistering Open Letter To Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices

Dozens of prominent Hispanic figures from across the political divide have come together to formally "condemn" Donald Trump and the comments the GOP c...

#LiterarySwag Movement Makes It Stylish To Read Books

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Style

Though he might not consider himself a street style photographer, Yahdon Israel has captured a compelling collection of images of folks rocking an acc...

Dominican Consulate Lashes Out At Junot Diaz Over Human Rights Activism

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.24.2015 | World

Eduaro Selman, the Dominican consul of New York, revoked an award from Junot Diaz on Thursday because the writer publicly opposes the Dominican Republ...

Why This MIT Professor Requires Students Watch 'Star Wars' Before His Class

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao) has a very simple way of helping young students understand the complex...

Longing to Belong: What's Next in the European Migrant Crisis

Beth Kephart | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

Do we calculate our compassion -- our own humanity -- against the measure of individual faces and particular stories or against the staggering reality of the math? The millions fleeing. The miles of razor-wire.

My Top 6 Lovable Literary Liars

Alisa Valdes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Alisa Valdes

My belief in Dahlia as a character came from the fact that I, too, have enjoyed reading about liars in novels. They are some of my favorite characters, and lying is one of the more fascinating parts of the human condition.

Writers of Color Need Something More

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Vanessa Mártir

You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.

Celebrities and Another Kind of Cultural Work

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Celebrities have a huge role to play in drawing attention to the cause; but people need to pay attention to their own actions after they come to understand the situation in Palestine.

Finding Myself In Junot Diaz

Off The Shelf | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Off The Shelf

While I readily accept T.C. Boyle as a brilliant stylist, I also need writers like Junot Diaz or Toni Morrison, both of whom legitimize and authenticate a separate experience; one unfamiliar to the grand white European and now American tradition.

First Nighter: 'Sex With Strangers' Is Sexy With Straining

David Finkle | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Since Laura Eason calls her tense romantic comedy Sex With Strangers, audiences can be forgiven for jumping to the correct conclusion that these strangers -- they're both writers -- won't waste too much time before having torrid sex with each other.

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Words to Young Writers

April Brucker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
April Brucker

Someone pointed out that the world doesn't always welcome creative people, and adults often discourage that path. What would I tell a young writer? That was a very good question.

Roque Planas

Junot Diaz Fights Back After Threats And Insults | Roque Planas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Dominicans who support a court ruling that could strip thousands of their Haitian-descended compatriots of citizenship are railing against author Juno...

Stop 'Humanitarian Crisis' In Dominican Republic, Latino Leaders Plead

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.12.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino leaders in the United States hope to stop the Dominican Republic from leaving hundreds of thousands of Haitian-descended Dominicans stateless. ...

The Line From Literature That Makes Junot Díaz Cry

Posted 11.05.2013 | Books

Brief Interviews is a new series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. Junot Díaz is a ...

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Steven Petite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Then Junot Diaz asked me a question: "What could you possibly write that would interest people?" This being a reference to my age, and possibly my closed-off suburban background. I know that it was not meant as an insult, but at the same time, how would he know if my writing could interest people just by looking at me?

Junot Diaz's 'This Is How You Lose Her' Gets Illustrated

Colorlines | Posted 10.25.2013 | Latino Voices

Junot Díaz is teaming up with award-winning graphic novelist Jaime Hernandez to release a deluxe illustrated version of his best-selling short story ...

WATCH: Why Junot Díaz Doesn't Like What He Sees On TV

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz buys tickets to the latest blockbuster flick or sits down to watch some prime-time TV, he doesn’t lik...

Arlene Torres or Why Anthropology Still Matters (Part II)

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 08.30.2013 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

As politicians continue to debate immigration policy, efforts to better grasp the particularities of life in diverse communities have become even more relevant.

PHOTOS: 7 Impossible But Awesome Romantic Author Pairings

John J. Healey | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
John J. Healey

As someone whose heroes are almost exclusively literary, it is hard to describe the emotions I felt discovering the love affair that occurred in the summer and fall of 1851 between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville.

Latino Literary Giant Appears On Colbert

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz dropped by the Colbert Report Monday night where he spent much of his appearance defending immigration refor...

Egg in My Beer: Reading Short Stories for Long Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Pull up a chair, draw a beer, and throw in the egg of inspiration: In other words, find a quiet place to read and open up a book of short stories. The satisfaction will last longer, much longer, than any beer (egged or not).