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Author Junot Díaz relaxes on campus before his public reading from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Cited by critics as “street-smart” and “fueled by adrenaline-powered prose,” the novel won a Pulitzer and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Díaz was the keynote speaker for Skidmore’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month, organized by the student club Raíces.
A Dominican native who grew up in the US, Díaz has said, “The entire universe can be found in the Dominican experience. If you want the ground zero where the Old World died and the New World began, it’s there … the modern world was given rise by what began in the Caribbean.” Along with giving the reading, he met informally with students and visited a fiction-writing class. Other Latino Heritage events, which have now become popular campus traditions, included a banquet and the Café con Leche talent show. —SR
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