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Junot Diaz & Abraham Verghese Speak In Durham, N.C.

February 13, 2009

The upcoming week brings two big names to the the Triangle region, with acclaimed author Abraham Verghese and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz both coming to locations in Durham, courtesy of Regulator Books.

coverVerghese, whose previous nonfiction books, My Own Country and The Tennis Partner, were respectively a National Book Critics Circle finalist and a New York Times Notable Book, visits the area with his debut novel, Cutting for Stone, which received a mixed but admiring review in the New York Times. Verghese will read from the new book on Tuesday evening, February 17, at 7 p.m. at the Searle Center on Duke’s West Campus. (Update to this post: A profile of Verghese appears in the Monday, February 16, issue of The Washington Post.)

6a00c2252ab767f21900e398f8f4390005-500piThen the next night, Junot Diaz comes to Duke for another event sponsored by the Regulator. Selections from Diaz’s Drown are perennially a treat for students when I teach them in writing classes, and his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the Pulitzer last year, of course. Expect a packed house when Diaz takes the stage on Wednesday, February 18, at 6 p.m. at the Richard White Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus. The event is co-sponsored by Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity and the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. 

Also on the calendar for the coming week are two authors previously interviewed on this blog:

Kate Betterton, author of Where the Lake Becomes the River, visits McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village on Saturday morning, February 14, at 11 a.m.

And Ed Southern, executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and editor of Voices of the American Revolution in The Carolinas, appears at the Regulator in Durham on Wednesday evening, February 18, at 7 p.m. and then at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books the following night, Thursday February 19, at 7:30 p.m.

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