Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Prize Chairmen Amid Misconduct Allegations

Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Prize Chairmen Amid Misconduct Allegations

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Last week, award-winning author and MIT professor, Junot Díaz was confronted by author Zinzi Clemmons, who stated he backed her into a corner and forcibly kissed her while she was a graduate student in his workshop in 2012. What quickly followed was a slew of accusations and allegations from various authors; accusing Díaz of sexual misconduct, assault, harassment, bullying, and violent misogyny.    As a grad student, I invited Junot Diaz to speak to a workshop on issues of representation in literature. I was an unknown wide-eyed 26 yo, and he used it as an opportunity to corner and forcibly kiss …

This Maine Bookshop Just Pulled All Junot Diaz Work Off the Shelves

This Maine Bookshop Just Pulled All Junot Diaz Work Off the Shelves

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It was only recently that the literary community took a hit with the allegations and stories surfacing about Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz. Various victims have come forward with their stories and everyone is shaken up. Now, action is being taken by women in the book community.    Image Via Keep Me Current   Quill Books and Beverage in Westbrook, Maine has made the decision to pull all works by Junot Diaz from the shelf. Co-owner Allison Krzanowski made an announcement via social media to stop selling the author’s famed works that helped him gain so much success.“There are plenty …

Junot Díaz Withdraws From Sydney Literary Festival Following Harassment Allegations

Junot Díaz Withdraws From Sydney Literary Festival Following Harassment Allegations

The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao author, Junot Diaz, has pulled out of Sydney’s Writers’ Festival after sexual harassment claims were made against him.    The claims, made by author of What We Lose, Zinzi Clemmons, were brought up on Friday when she stood up during a panel and asked Diaz about an incident six years ago when Diaz allegedly harassed her.    via The Guardian   Following the allegations, Clemmons took to Twitter, saying, “I refuse to be silent anymore,” sparking more and more women to come forward about abuse inflicted on them by Diaz.    As a grad student, …

Junot Díaz Reveals Tour Dates for First-Ever Picture Book ‘Islandborn’

Junot Díaz Reveals Tour Dates for First-Ever Picture Book ‘Islandborn’

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New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz is releasing his first-ever children’s book in March which celebrates cultural diversity in the U.S. and poses questions about identity and belonging. The story is told through an imaginary journey back to a young girl’s birthplace, “The Island.” Here is everything you need to know about it:   Image Via Amazon   Islandborn is set to be on shelves March 13th, and it’s already generating excitement as Díaz’s readers await the chance to meet him in person on his book tour, which begins in March and ends in April. The tour will take …

Like This Book? Then Try This One!

Like This Book? Then Try This One!

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It’s not hard to come by book recommendations, but it’s hard to find recommenders who make a compelling case for just why you should take a leap of faith with a new book. As a result, we have decided to directly compare these newer or underrated gems to better-known works you’ve probably read, so that they may find the wider/louder audience they deserve. It’s never a bad idea to read what you know!   Like this?: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green           Try this!: ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini …