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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:50 am | Updated: 6:16 pm, Mon Apr 15, 2013.

The parking lots at Bard College were jammed at 6 p.m. Monday: Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” “Drown,” and “This Is How You Lose Her,” was holding court at Olin Hall. Overflow audience members were sitting along the aisles and standing outside the entryways to the large auditorium.

Diaz, whose work is grounded in his identity as a Dominican-American, began by asking if anyone in the large crowd was from the Caribbean, to which he got one or two “whoos.” He then asked if anyone was from the Dominican Republic, and got the same one or two “whoos.”

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