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The Wondrous Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz

“The half-life of love is forever,” writes Yunior, the serial-cheater protagonist of Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. In this special episode, we talk with the Pulitzer Prize winning author about love, loss, and his New Jersey childhood. Díaz’s characters are not perfect people—they’re nerds, outsiders, and antiheroes–but their stories are written to perfection.

28 mins

Sleep In Me

Jon Pineda (University of Mary Washington)

Jon Pineda is a poet, novelist. His latest memoir, Sleep in Me, chronicles his sister Rica’s sudden transformation from a vibrant high school cheerleader to a girl wheelchair bound and unable to talk.

11 mins

An Elephant Named Gravedigger

Tania James (George Mason University)

A story that explores the moral complexities of the ivory trade is told from an unconventional perspective. In her novel The Tusk That Did the Damage, author Tania James takes us into the hearts of minds of a homicidal elephant, a poacher, and a documentary filmmaker.

13 mins


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