If you're a regular attendee at the author appearances at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you've seen a fair share of geniuses. Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu -- who today received "genius" grants from the MacArthur Foundation -- have appeared in recent years at the Pratt.
Diaz entertained a packed auditorium at the 2009 CityLit Festival, and it was gratifying to see so many young faces in the crowd, eager to hear his words. He is best known for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," and more recently released "This Is How You Lose Her."
Mengestu, who lives in Washington, appeared at the Pratt in October, 2010, as Gregg Wilhelm of the CityLit Project reminded me. Mengestu's novel, "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," was among the books considered by the One Maryland One Book program as it looked for a work that outlined the immigrant experience. It's a very good read.
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