Author Junot Díaz talks about incorporating experiences from his own life into his novels, the power of literature and his 2018 children’s book, “Islandborn.”
Junot Díaz 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.
Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels, including “The Edible Woman,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin,” which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her novel “The Heart Goes Last” was published in 2015.
David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and best-selling author whose biographies of Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente are both definitive and compelling. His biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” was published in 2012.