12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families. And more. Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz. Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.
The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT.