On reading, fame and immigration.
Earlier this year, Junot Díaz re-scheduled a Los Angeles meet-and-greet in favor of lunch with an admirer. His fan? Barack Obama. Lunch? At the White House, during the final week of Obama’s presidency. The reasons behind his invite echo, perhaps, those for which Díaz has also received awards that include the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “Genius Grant”). His novels, in the words of Obama, speak “to a very particular contemporary immigration experience,
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