NYC – Islandborn Launch Party

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Greenlight Bookstore is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM to host an all-ages event to launch Islandborn, the debut picture book from New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz!

In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and 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. Junot Diaz, who was born in the Dominican Republic, reads the book to kids and families, followed by a book signing.

Doors open at 5:30, with activities for kids provided by the Brooklyn Public Library.

Pricing: $20 for single admission (one book included), or $12.50 for family tickets (one book & admission for 2) – perfect for parents and kids! (*Please note: for two seats/one book, you must purchase two $12.50 “Family” tickets.) English and Spanish editions available. Additional copies of the book available for sale at the event. Get tickets here…

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Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
718.230.2100

 

DC – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Sidwell Friends Meeting House on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, brings his magic to the world of children’s books with Islandborn. In this celebration of diversity and imagination, Lola’s family helps her to remember the island of her origins for a class assignment. The memories are sometimes dreadful, sometimes wondrous and joyful. With Díaz’s trademark vibrancy enlivened by Leo Espinosa’s effervescent illustrations, Lola’s story is full of the sights, sounds, hurricanes, and magic of the Dominican Republic. Díaz says children’s books are “our first passports into the world,” and this book is one young girl’s first exuberant voyage into her family’s courageous history. (All ages)

Ticket options include purchase of either an English edition (Islandborn) or Spanish edition (Lola) of Diaz’s picture book for signing at the event.

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

MA – World Book Club feat. Junot Díaz

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The BBC World Service’s World Book Club will be featuring Junot Díaz and his Pulitzer-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in an upcoming program, and they’ll be recording the segment at Porter Square Books on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Junot will be signing books afterward.

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who–from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister–dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fuku–a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere–and risk it all–in the name of love.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
617-491-2220

CA – An Afternoon with Junot Díaz

Author Junot Díaz appears at San Diego State University on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 for a reading and signing at 4:00 PM.

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. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He is the co-founder of the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation

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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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200