The Just Buffalo Literary Center will close their 11th season of BABEL with MacArthur “genius” Junot Díaz.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Díaz immigrated to New Jersey when he was 6 years old. As an English Language Learner, Díaz mastered the English language as a young boy by reading—walking four miles, each way, to his public library to immerse himself in the world of books.
In response to a school librarian that introduced him to books.
"...we need models to understand what we can possibly become. Until that moment I did not know that it was possible to somehow live a life with books. I assumed I could be a ballplayer, maybe if I was super brilliant I could be the doctor I saw every now and then....this librarian gave this to me as a gift. She showed me a door and I walked through it".
Now a Professor of Writing at MIT, his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao earned him a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named TIME Magazine’s Best Book of the Year. More recently, critics named this bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny portrait of a multigenerational family with its “mash-up of Dominican history, comics, sci-fi, [and] magic realism” “the best novel of the 21st century to date".
The event will be held at:
Kleinhan's Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m.
General Admission: $35
General Admission (Student Discount): $10
General Admission (Library Card Discount): $30
After the author's talk, all ticket holders enjoy an interview-style Q&A moderated by Just Buffalo Artistic Director Barbara Cole, and may have their books signed by the author. During this time, music will be provided by Son BoriKua, with special guests Alexsandra López and Sara Rodriguez.
This is intended as a member/networking event. ALL are welcomed to attend.
Please like share and spread the word! Opportunities such as this don't come to Buffalo often! You can not be what you can not see! What an amazing opportunity for our youth! Members of our immigrant communities will be able to see a reflection of themselves on stage at Kleinhan's! A reflection that will inspire them, make them proud and realize that their dreams are achievable and that they themselves can become successful BECAUSE of their challenges, not DESPITE them!
A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more, although there is no assigned seating for the event. Please email Alexsandra López at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and how many tickets you would like to purchase by April 6, 2018.
Should there not be enough interest, or if you do not want to attend as part of our group. Please purchase tickets directly from Just Buffalo. Should you have any questions regarding the event itself, please direct them to Just Buffalo.
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