Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Junot Diaz Wins Pulitzer


I remember attending a writer's retreat just days after Junot Diaz' book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" was released, and hearing both Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen and the poet Reggie Harris channel Miss Cleo to proclaim with absolute certainty that Diaz was going to win the Pulitzer. He just did, and is only the second U.S. Latino writer to ever do so.

Partial list of winners:

# Fiction: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
# History: What Hath God Wrought, by Daniel Walker Howe
# Biography: Eden's Outcasts, by John Matteson
# Poetry: Time and Materials, by Robert Hass and Failure, by Philip Schultz
# General Non-fiction: The Years of Extermination, by Saul Friedlander
# Drama: August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts

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