If you put your money on Chinese author Mo Yan to win the Nobel prize in literature, you probably made out pretty well. He was announced as the winner earlier today, beating out favored big-name writers like Haruki Murakami and Philip Roth.
Here to give us an introduction to the work of Mo Yan is our book critic David Kipen. He's also the founder of the bookstore slash lending library - Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights.
We also discuss the winner of the National Book Awards, Junot Diaz, who is also the recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant.