The Dominican-American writer is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Junot Díaz is coming to a city near you.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose books include The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her, is making his first foray into children’s writing with Islandborn. The picture book celebrates cultural diversity in the U.S. and poses questions about identity and belonging, as Díaz tells the story of a young girl’s imaginary journey back to her birthplace: “The Island.”

“When my goddaughters were young, they asked me to write a book about kids like them,” Díaz said last summer, “by which I took to mean super-curious kids who loved to read and draw and ask questions, and whose families had crossed continents to get where they are at. Islandborn is the book promised all those years ago — for my goddaughters and anyone who has ever wondered about their family’s ‘faraway place.’”

Illustrated by the award-winning Leo Espinosa, Islandborn has already generated good buzz ahead of its March 13 bow, and now Díaz is gearing up for the book’s release by revealing his touring schedule. The author has exclusively shared with EW the dates and locations for his Islandborn tour, where he’ll interact with longtime fans as well as young readers new to his work.

The tour will take place from March to April as Díaz travels to schools, bookstores, and libraries around the country. Check out all of the information in the graphic below, and pre-order Islandborn here.

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