Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz is the author of the genre-spanning, critically acclaimed novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and short story collections Drown (1996) and This Is How You Lose Her (2012). Díaz grew up in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to New Jersey as a child, and this immigration experience serves as the thematic focus of most of his work. Critics describe his work as "electrifying," "distinct," and "vulgar, brave and poetic," and he has received the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the MacArthur Genius Fellowship. Díaz is currently the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he is working on a novel of science fiction entitled Monstro.
It might also be fun to meet up for coffee afterwards, but that would be too late for me. Just a thought for others that have the time. And also, I can't be sure, but it's possible that he might sign copies of his book. I'm going to bring a copy just in case.