Junot Díaz

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, readers, fans, and miscellaneous miscreants almost caused at riot at the Union Square Barnes and Noble appearance of author Junot Díaz.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author was in attendance to read from his newly released short story collection This is How You Lose Her. According to Colorlines, an estimated 1,000 people showed up for the event, with a good number of them chillin’ on the massive bookstore’s third floor while the fortunate folks were situated on the fourth floor for the actual reading.

NYPD officers had to assist Barnes and Noble staff in keeping the peace and making sure a full-blown stampede did not take place.

Díaz is a great writer, and I enjoyed his first short story collection, Drown. However, most people’s fascination with him can be attributed to his rather overrated The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Then again, Oscar Wao is for what Díaz won the Pulitzer; hell, I’m still try’na get people to read my first novel, so what do I know?

This is How You Lose Her is available now at Amazon.

[Colorlines]

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