Junot Diaz’s Library

The Sayreville Library in North Central New Jersey got a lovely shout out from Junot Diaz on yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning. The Pulitzer prize winner (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) said that when he was growing up, he would secretly escape his grim neighborhood by going to the library. “My friends would have laughed their asses off if they found out I was walking down to the Sayreville Library to read books,” he said. Why did he risk ridicule? “I was convinced that I could stumble upon the key text that would maybe describe why I was in the United States.”

There’s a powerful statement to bring to funding authorities, “We help create Pulitzer Prize winners.”

With Father’s Day approaching, the show also featured CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, whose book about his father, Always by My Side (Gotham), is now #11 on the New York Times Nonfiction list, after two weeks on the list.

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