Resolution J1795-2013

Honoring Junot Diaz upon the occasion of winning the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Junot Diaz upon the occasion of winning
the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  American artists who have achieved worldwide recognition, for, in
so doing, we also give thanks for our freedom which allows us to  create
and express ourselves artistically; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  also  the  tradition of this Legislative Body to pay
tribute to those individuals of historic and literary significance whose
creative talents have contributed to  the  cultural  enrichment  of  our
communities and our Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Junot Diaz upon the occasion of winning the  Sunday  Times  EFG  Private
Bank Short Story Award 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Junot  Diaz is the author of the critically acclaimed 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; and
  WHEREAS, Junot Diaz' numerous awards and accolades include a MacArthur
"Genius" Fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, the  Dayton  Literary  Peace
Prize,  Guggenheim  Fellowship,  the  PEN/O. Henry Award, and Rome Prize
from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was also  selected  as
one  of the 39 most important Latin American writers under the age of 39
by the Bogota Book Capital of the World and the Hay Festival; and
  WHEREAS, Junot Diaz is regarded as one of the best short story writers
of his generation; his short fiction has appeared  in  THE  NEW  YORKER,
which  listed  him  as  one  of the 20 top writers for the 21st century,
STORY, THE PARIS REVIEW and in several anthologies; and
  WHEREAS, Junot Diaz won the prestigious British literary contest  with
"Miss  Lora",  a  short  story from his collection, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE
HER; in addition to the honor, the Times EFG Private  Bank  Short  Story
Award carries with it the world's richest short story cash prize; and
  WHEREAS,  Well  known  for his ability to seamlessly integrate Spanish
into English text, Junot Diaz wrote "Miss Lora" in Spanglish; the judges
panel noted that the story stood  out  "with  its  precise,  unflinching
prose, and with its brilliant evocation of an immigrant world struggling
with modernity"; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  in  the  Dominican  Republic and raised in New Jersey,
Junot Diaz is a graduate of Rutgers College; he is currently the fiction
editor at BOSTON REVIEW, and the Rudge  and  Nancy  Allen  Professor  of
Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  most fitting that we take time to honor our literary
giants, recognizing their transcendent ability to reflect  the  multiple
and  manifold  hopes,  dreams and experiences that comprise the American
character and their invaluable contributions to the uplift and  inspira-
tion  of generations and communities across this great State and Nation;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Junot  Diaz  upon  the  occasion  of winning the Sunday Times EFG
Private Bank Short Story Award 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Junot Diaz.

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