An Evening with Junot Díaz: MVCS Benefit


“An Evening with Junot Díaz” will be held at Gallery Josephine to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The reading by the author will take place on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Gallery Josephine is located at 91 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  See info below:

Join us for an intimate, art-filled evening at gallery josephine on Martha’s Vineyard featuring live music from Grammy-nominated musician John Forte, artisanal hors d’ouevres and wines, and specialty cocktails, while surrounded by Jerome Lagarrigue’s paintings. The evening will culminate in a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz from his collection of short stories This Is How You Lose Her. All proceeds will benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Service’s New Paths Recovery Program to assist members of the Island community in addiction recovery and rehabilitation.

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2009.

He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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