Junot Diaz is in Baltimore to read from his novel, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Blogging in the Baltimore Sun, Mary McCauley asks him about his development as an author.
His introduction to his lifelong love of literature was at his school library. Diaz says, "Mrs. Crowell, the librarian of the Parlin Elementary School in New Jersey, encouraged my love of reading. When I found the library, I felt as though I'd stumbled onto Ali Baba's cave. I'd walk four miles to take out books. She's even let me photocopy lists of books in print, so I could find new titles by my favorite authors."