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Junot Diaz was awarded a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Monday for his novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category.
The novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" revolves about Oscar, an obese comics fan growing up in Paterson, N.J., and his dysfunctional Dominican family, going back to the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship.
Diaz himself is Dominican, who moved to New Jersey later in life.
"Tree of Smoke" by Denis Johnson and "Shakespeare's Kitchen" by Lore Segal were also nominated as finalists in this category.
Prior to Diaz, the only U.S. Latino writer to ever receive the Pulitzer Prize in literature was Oscar Hijuelos, for "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," published in 1989.
Michael Ramirez, another Latino, of Investor's Business Daily won in the editorial cartooning category.
The total list of winners for the literature section of the Pulitzer Prize are listed below:
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