11/13/2012 11:44 am ET Updated Jan 13, 2013

Junot Díaz: Giant Monsters, Linguistics, And Five Years Of Freedom

The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT. Several years ago, after the release of his celebrated novel, The Brief Wondrous of Oscar Wao​, he was the toast of the Miami Book Fair Interational.

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