Animal: What Makes Us Human
Junot Díaz: This is How You Find Him
Is there anything that plagues the human animal more than love? In Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Junot Díaz’s work the answer is no. Platonic love, romantic love, familial love. Its charms and chaos give Diaz’s fiction—The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her—a verve, vitality, and readability that have galvanized audiences and critics for more than a decade. His characters are loud and rambunctious, brave, lovable, and always in-your-face. For Díaz, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, his cultural backgrounds are a calling and an inspiration. Join him for a far-reaching conversation about his remarkable work and career.
Díaz is joined in conversation by Peter Sagal, host of the NPR game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
This program is presented in partnership with Time Out Chicago.
Photo Credit: Nina Subin
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; This is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist; and Drown. A graduate of Rutgers College, he is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship and PEN/O. Henry Award among others. He is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and a professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.