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The Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series presents JUNOT DIAZ
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7 PM
Law School Auditorium, 767 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Junot Díaz is the author of 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. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is the fiction editor at Boston Review and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Annual Faculty Reading
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:00 PM
Boston University Hillel House, 4th floor
213 Bay State Road
Mai Wang (fiction alum 2014)
Free and open to the public
The Ha Jin Visiting Lecturer Series presents RACHEL KUSHNER
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6 PM
Photonics Auditorium, 8 St. Mary’s Street in Boston
Rachel Kushner is the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Folio Prize, and the James Tait Black Prize, long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a New York Times Top Five Novel of 2013. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times, and the Paris Review, among other places. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
The Annual Faculty Reading
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 7 PM
Boston University Photonics Center Auditorium
8 St. Mary’s St.
Free and open to the public
This event is free and open to the public. We suggest arriving early to guarantee a seat. Public parking is available in the BU Granby Street lot at 665 Commonwealth Avenue, with limited metered spots on Bay State Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Via MBTA, take the Green Line to BU East. You can find more information at http://www.bu.edu/maps/ or http://www.bu.edu/parking.
The Ha Jin Visiting Lecture Series presents JHUMPA LAHIRI in conversation with DAPHNE KALOTAY
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, a graduate of our program in fiction, will read from her novel The Lowland, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. After the reading, Lahiri will be joined onstage for a conversation with fellow alumna Daphne Kalotay (Fiction 1994), the award-winning author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading.
This event is free and open to the public. We suggest arriving early to guarantee a seat. Public parking is available in the BU Granby Street lot at 665 Commonwealth Avenue, with limited metered spots on Bay State Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Via MBTA, take the Green Line to the Kenmore or Blandford Street station. You can find more information at http://www.bu.edu/maps/ or http://www.bu.edu/parking
JHUMPA LAHIRI was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A citizen of both Canada and the U.S., DAPHNE KALOTAY grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Vassar College before moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University’s Creative Writing Program. There her stories went on to win the school’s Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from The Henfield Foundation. She remained at BU to complete a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature and, with Saul Bellow as her advisor, wrote her doctoral dissertation on the works of Mavis Gallant. (Her interviews with Mavis Gallant can be read in The Paris Review‘s Writers-At-Work series.) A MacDowell Fellow, Daphne has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and Yaddo. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday), was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and her debut novel, Russian Winter (HarperCollins), won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize, made the long list for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been published in 21 foreign editions. Her newest novel is Sight Reading (Harper, 2013). Currently co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, Daphne lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Ha Jin Visiting Lecture program, made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Robert Hildreth of Boston, is designed to bring internationally renowned fiction writers to Boston University to teach master classes and give public lectures. Jhumpa Lahiri is the third Visiting Lecturer; past honorees have included Victor Golyshev and Paul Harding. The series is named for HA JIN, a Boston University Creative Writing alumnus and current professor. Born in China in 1956, Jin was a teenager when China entered the Cultural Revolution. He became a member of the People’s Liberation Army at the age of fourteen. Writing in English, Jin has won the National Book Award, the PEN/ Faulkner twice, the PEN/Hemingway award, and the Flannery O’Connor prize.
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