Guest DJ: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz's new book is titled This Is How You Lose Her. i i

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Junot Diaz's new book is titled This Is How You Lose Her.

Junot Diaz's new book is titled This Is How You Lose Her.

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Dominican author Junot Diaz joins us this week on Alt.Latino. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz is one of the most exciting contemporary Latin writers in the business. His new book, This Is How You Lose Her, tells the story of a man's downward spiral after his fiancée finds out about his numerous infidelities and leaves him. In true Diaz fashion, the book's characters are charming, sad, hilarious and at times infuriating. One man's life serves as a window into other issues, as well: the Caribbean exodus, sexism in Hispanic culture, the resilience of immigrant communities in America and more.

While we'd planned for a simple discussion with Diaz about his new book and the music he loves, we got more than we bargained for; the discussion felt like a get-together with old friends. Diaz (who thrilled us with kind words about Alt.Latino), Felix Contreras and I discussed topics as lighthearted as dating and good places to eat Dominican food in D.C., but also as deep as the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and machismo in the Latin community.

Sit back, relax and join in on our conversation — it's the crown jewel of Alt.Latino's Guest DJ series.

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Esta semana en Alt.Latino, recibimos la visita del autor dominicano Junot Díaz, ganador del premio Pullitzer por su novela La maravillosa vida breve de Óscar Wao. Díaz es uno de los autores que ha producido la literatura más conmovedora de los últimos tiempos, y su más reciente libro, Así es como la pierdes, no es excepción. Se trata de cómo la vida de Yunior se desmorona luego de que su prometida descubre sus numerosas infidelidades y lo abandona. Es característico en la obra de Díaz, que los personajes provoquen risa, pena, compasión, furia y frustración. La historia de Yunior nos sirve para navegar otras temáticas: el éxodo del pueblo caribeño, el machismo en la cultura hispana, y la fortaleza de las comunidades inmigrantes en Estados Unidos.

Originalmente habíamos planeado una simple conversación con Díaz acerca de su nuevo libro y la música que el ama. Pero gratamente recibimos más de la cuenta, y la charla se convirtió en una especie de reunión amistosa. Diaz (que manifestó su admiración por nuestro programa), Félix y yo hablamos sobre temas como los mejores lugares de comida dominicana aquí en Washington D.C., pero también acerca de temas impactantes como la diáspora afro-caribeña y la cosificación de la mujer.

Una de nuestras mejores entrevistas. Pero dedíquenle atención al programa de esta semana — y hágannos saber su opinión.

Guest DJ: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Diaz

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