Acclaimed Authors To Visit Manhattan College

The Manhattan College English department and the school of arts are launching the fourth semester of the Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.), beginning with acclaimed author Junot Díaz on Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. 

The Manhattan College English department and the school of arts are launching the fourth semester of the Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.), beginning with acclaimed author Junot Díaz on Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. 

Designed to engage and expose students to modern literature, M.A.R.S. has brought a variety of writers to campus for readings and book signings, including Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad; Rick Moody, award-winning novelist; and Tina Chang, the poet laureate of Brooklyn. 

The school of arts, in conjunction with student government, Manhattan Magazine and the modern foreign languages department, is proud to welcome Díaz, the first Latino writer in the M.A.R.S. program. 

Author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Dayton Literacy Peace Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), Pushcart Prize XXII and The O’Henry Prize Stories (2009). He is currently fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge & Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Entertainment Weekly has described The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as, “Terrific … Narrated in high-energy Spanglish, the book is packed with wide-ranging cultural references — to Dune, Julia Alvarez, The Sound of Music — as well as erudite and hilarious footnotes on Caribbean history. It is a joy to read, and every bit as exhilarating to reread.” 

Following Díaz, Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married and the forthcoming Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, will visit campus on April 2. Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Late Wife, will finish off the spring 2012 series on April 19. 

All of the M.A.R.S. events are open to the public and will be held on campus in Hayden Hall, room 100. In addition, the April 2 and 19 events will start at 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the M.A.R.S. series at Manhattan College, contact Adam Koehler, assistant professor of English, by email at adam.koehler@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7546 or David Eye, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, by email at david.eye@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7921.