NJ – Islandborn Signing

Press Release:

Author Junot Díaz comes to WORD Jersey City on Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 AM for a reading, Q&A, and signing of his first children’s book, Islandborn. This beautiful picture book with lush illustrations by award-winning artist Leo Espinosa celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us–to our families, to our past and to ourselves. Books will be available for sale in Spanish and English. También disponible en español!

This event is free and open to the public! To get a book signed and meet Junot Díaz you must purchase a copy of Island Born which can be done day of or via our website.

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WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
(201) 763-6611

PA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the “unruly, manic, seductive” (Esquire) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the author of the story collections Drown and the National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her. He serves as fiction editor at Boston Review and professor of creative writing at MIT. His many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Islandborn—Diaz’s first foray into children’s books—is an ode to the power of our imaginations to connect us to the past.

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Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

TX – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at BookPeople on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

About the author:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is author of the critically acclaimed “Drown”; “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “This is How You Lose Her,” a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review, and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

TX – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

About the author:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is author of the critically acclaimed “Drown”; “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “This is How You Lose Her,” a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review, and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-2593

IL – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Wentz Concert Hall on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

More about the book:
Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.

So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island – she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories – joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening – Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.

Gloriously illustrated by Leo Espinosa and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imaginations boundless ability to connect us to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

About the author:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is author of the critically acclaimed “Drown”; “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “This is How You Lose Her,” a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review, and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

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Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-7469

UT – Islandborn Signing

Artist Junot Díaz and illustrator Leo Espinosa appear at the Rowland Hall Upper School on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM to present and sign ISLANDBORN!

The purchase of a $20 Family Ticket from The King’s English Bookshop includes a copy of Islandborn and general admission seating for up to four people. Tickets go on sale now!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz’s first foray into children’s books is an ode to the power of our imaginations to connect us to the past. In Islandborn, young Lola, who was born in the Dominican Republic and lives in New York City, is asked by her teacher to draw a picture of her home country, except that she moved from the Island as a baby and does not remember it at all. She turns to her family members and asks them to share their stories. She learns about their happiest moments in the Dominican Republic, as well as the darker parts of the country’s history. Through their anecdotes, she creates her drawing. Islandborn touches on immigration, struggling to find a place of belonging, and identity.

Lavishly illustrated by Utah artist Leo Espinosa, this picture book will delight the entire family.

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He is also the author of the story collections Drown and the National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her. He serves as fiction editor at Boston Review and professor of creative writing at MIT. His many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia. His work has been featured in a variety of mediums, including The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, Chronicle Books, Nickelodeon, Swatch, Hasbro, American Greetings, and Coca-Cola. Leo has served as faculty member at Rhode island School of Design and his illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3×3, and awarded with Gold and Silver Medals from The Society of Illustrators. He lives with his family in Park City, Utah.

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Larimer Auditorium at Rowland Hall Upper School
843 South Lincoln Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

CA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Kepler’s Books on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets here…

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. 
Hers was a school of faraway places.

When Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island–she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories – joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening – Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us –t o our families, to our past and to ourselves.

“With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that’s chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Díaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Diaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kepler’s Books and Magazines
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

MA – Islandborn Reading + Q&A

Author Junot Díaz appears at Boston Public Library on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN!

Press Release:

Celebrated Author Junot Diaz will read from his first book for children, Islandborn. Mr. Diaz’s picture book celebrates memory and imagination through the eyes of a young girl who imagines a colorful journey back to her Island birthplace. A Q&A will follow. Islandborn will be available for sale in both English and Spanish. Purchasing a copy of Islandborn will be required to join the signing line. Mr. Diaz will sign up to three backlist titles for patrons who have purchased Islandborn.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5400

CA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Skylight Books on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN!

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized, and will be accommodating our youngest guests first:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Islandborn here at Skylight Books. Online presales will begin January 8, 2018, and books with tickets will be available for pickup beginning March 13, 2018.
  • Junot will personalize copies of Islandborn with first names.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

FL – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Miami Dade College, in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, on Friday, March 16th at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets from Books & Books at the link…

New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Díaz, to discuss the gloriously illustrated and lyrically written picture book, Islandborn, a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

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Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 237-3000

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