Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in New Jersey. He is the author of the short-story collection Drown and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which released in September; part of both books first appeared in The New Yorker. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Fellowship in Literature. His most recent New Yorker story, "Wildwood", appeared in the June 11th & 18th 2007 Summer Fiction Issue.
Annie Proulx won a pen / Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards, and a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for her second novel, The Shipping News. She is the author of the story collections Close Range: Wyoming Stories and Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2. Her story "Brokeback Mountain", which appeared in The New Yorker in 1997, received an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine Award, and was the basis of the Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee.
Would you consider the audio edition of The New Yorker Festival to be better than the print version?
No, not at all. But it was good. Now let me ask a serious question. Why don't more authors like Annie Proulx read their own books? Wouldn't you love to hear "To Kill a Mocking Bird" read by Ms Harper Lee? Annie and Junot Diaz give us a taste of what it's like to hear the work in the authors voice. That alone was well worth the price of this book, but the Q and A after was worth twice the asking price. Bravo
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
With the author's voice I'd never turn it off.
Any additional comments?
Please ask Annie to read more of her work for Audible and for us.