Dec 13, 2012 — 2012 was a very jittery year — what with the presidential election, extreme weather events and the looming "fiscal cliff." Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan found that her favorite fiction and nonfiction this year directly confronted the atmospheric uncertainty of the age.
Nov 14, 2012 — What are the best of the books? NPR Books looks at this year's National Book Award nominees for fiction and nonfiction. These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers.
Oct 4, 2012 — Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
Sep 13, 2012 — Junot Diaz's third book, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories, many narrated by recurring character Yunior. Diaz's voice-driven prose describes characters who are simultaneously appealing and appalling, says NPR critic Carmen Gimenez Smith.
Sep 11, 2012 — Yunior is a gruff, masculine artist who finds it nearly impossible to stay faithful to the women in his life. And then the day comes when all of that betrayal finally catches up with him. In This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz delves into what it takes to get an adulterer to change his ways.
Sep 6, 2012 — Diaz stops by Alt.Latino to talk about books, music, immigration, the Caribbean diaspora, machismo and why so many men relate to Oscar Wao. And, of course, he picks an exciting assortment of bachata and urban merengue to play on the show.
May 30, 2011 — Short story month is just about over, but take heed: if diving into the latest bestseller seems too daunting, the short story could be the form of fiction for you. Atlantic writer and producer Miriam Krule suggests three collections that are complex and nuanced despite their brevity — and perfect for your morning commute.
Jun 10, 2009 — The program continues its Summer series of conversations with fiction authors. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz talks to host Michel Martin about his breakthrough literary work Drown, published in 1996. Diaz takes listeners inside the book's collection of stories about young Dominican-American men building new lives and seeing new visions.
Oct 21, 2008 — Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the story of an overweight, lovesick "ghetto nerd."
May 2, 2008 — Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Set in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, the novel explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once, with prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence.