Originally published on WHYY’s Sixth Square blog:

A growing bilingual author series in North Philadelphia is getting its biggest name in its over thirty year history this Friday evening. Taller Puertorriqueño in North Philadelphia will be host to Dominican-born and central New Jersey-raised Junot Díaz, fresh off winning the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year for his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Oscar Wao drew almost unanimous praise upon its release for its combination of the sensibilities of comic books, science fiction, literary fiction, and New Jersey Latino immigrant communities. Díaz had even considered releasing a more multimedia-oriented product, inspired by his childhood love of comic books, before deciding to keep the story bound to a more old-fashioned ink and paper novel…

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