Noted Short-Story Writer Junot Diaz Reads at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 17, 2006) - Latin American short-story writer Junot Diaz, whose work has received critical acclaim in the U.S., will read his work on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Manatee Community College (MCC) campuses. He will read from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Community Room in the Professional Development Center, building number 800, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, and from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lancer Cafeteria in the Student Union, building 14, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The readings, which are funded by the Student Activities Budget Review Committee, are free and open to the public.

New Yorker magazine placed Diaz on its list of the top 20 writers in the 21st century. A recipient of a 1999 Guggenheim fellowship, Diaz won praise as a literary sensation after his collection of short stories, Drown, was published in 1997. His work has been published in The Best American Short Stories 1996, Best American Fiction 1999, Story, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and African Verse.

Diaz, who moved with his parents to New Jersey at age six, has a master's degree form Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He currently teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is almost finished with his first novel.

For more information, call Assistant Professor Douglas Ford at (941) 408-1501 or e-mail him at

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