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WORD Presents Junot Diaz for Islandborn Storytime

    04/14/2018 - 10:00am

    WORD Jersey City Presents Junot Diaz for Islandborn Storytime

    This event is free and open to the public! Signing line participaants to meet Mr. Díaz must purchase a copy of Islandborn or Lola. 

    About the Author

    Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Islandborn is his first children's book.

    About the Book

    “Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island-- she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories -- joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening -- Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." 

    “Immigrant communities don’t get enough books and they certainly don’t get enough love and I hope Islandborn will be both ,” says Junot Díaz. “On the face Islandborn tells of a girl’s journey of discovery but it's also a celebration of the kind of imaginaries that we immigrants have often needed to make homes for ourselves where previously there were none. When your life is scattered over multiple worlds a strong imagination is a straight-up necessity.”

    Islandborn Cover Image
    By Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780735229860
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

    From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot D az comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

     Cover Image
    By Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780525552819
    Availability: Backordered
    Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

    Del exitoso autor en ventas seg n el New York Times y ganador del Premio Pulitzer, Junot D az, nos llega su primer lbum ilustrado acerca de la magia de los recuerdos y el poder infinito de la imaginaci n, ahora en espa ol

    Todos los ni os en la escuela de Lola ven an de otra parte. Era una escuela de lugares lejanos.