In 2018, Hernan Diaz seemed to erupt from nowhere. Apparently out of the blue, his first novel In the Distance, was hailed enthusiastically all over the globe. Although his book was published by a tiny press, Diaz catapulted himself to the Pulitzer Prize shortlist without batting an eyelid. His life is exceptional anyway: born in Argentina, raised in Sweden, living in New York. His scope is as broad as his biography would suggest.
In the Distance has an unforgettable opening scene: a hulk-sized man ploughs his way through a plain of ice. He is old, naked, dying. We know barely anything at that point, except that he’s obviously a survivor. Next, Diaz starts to peel away his story and his history. The book is set in Alaska during the Gold Rush. In the Distance is a ‘northern’ western that strays into the realm of magical realism, a grand narrative full of dark humour, written by a South-American with a European perspective living in the US.
Co-hosting, together with a group of wonderful writers, the Globe Trot. Details and tickets here.
Words Without Borders invites you to its annual celebration of international literature on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Tribeca Three Sixty. Join us for readings, cocktails, dinner, and the presentation of the 2019 Ottaway Award to Edith Grossman.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Authors Hernan Diaz, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, will be in conversation with Mark Haber about their books, IN THE DISTANCE and REINHARDT’S GARDEN. Two novels that reimagine histories in both the Americas and Europe. IN THE DISTANCE (one of Brazos bestselling fiction books) is a moving and incredibly orginal take on the American ‘western’, a contemporary classic. REINHARDT’S GARDEN, a dark and absurb novel about obsession, goes back and forth between early 20th century South America and Europe.
This conversation will be moderated by Taylor Davis-Van Atta.
IN THE DISTANCE: A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.
REINHARDT’S GARDEN: At the turn of the twentieth century, as he composes a treatise on melancholy, Jacov Reinhardt sets off from his small Croatian village in search of his hero and unwitting mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who is rumored to have disappeared into the South American jungle—“not lost, mind you, but retired.” Jacov’s narcissistic preoccupation with melancholy consumes him, and as he desperately recounts the myth of his journey to his trusted but ailing scribe, hope for an encounter with the lost philosopher who holds the key to Jacov’s obsession seems increasingly unlikely.
“Perspectives on the American West” lecture series.
The novelist Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, will give a talk for the “Perspectives on the American West” lecture series in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies on Monday, September 16th at 6 PM. There will be a book signing in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies before the lecture. A reception will follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Letters and Science and the Burton K. Wheeler Center.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
6:30 PM 8:00 PM
A CONVERSATION AROUND THE WORLD: LAUNCHING THE PARIS REVIEW’S WRITERS AT WORK AROUND THE WORLD
To celebrate The Paris Review’s latest anthology, Writers at Work around the World, the magazine is saluting its international origins with a conversation in English at the Albertine Bookstore (972 Fifth Avenue). Join us for the launch on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 P.M. Paris Review editor Emily Nemens will be in conversation with recent contributor Hernan Diaz and Peter Carey, whose 2006 Art of Fiction interview is featured in the anthology. The event is free and open to the public.
Writers at Work around the World is the latest volume published by the magazine’s in-house, limited-edition imprint, Paris Review Editions. Two currents have been central to the magazine since its founding in Paris in the fifties: internationalism, and documenting the thoughts, processes, and concerns of the greatest writers of our time. The book explores fiction from all corners of the globe, beginning with François Mauriac’s interview in 1953 and reaching forward to Dany Laferrière’s in 2017, stopping along the way with Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Ha Jin, Herta Müller, and Elena Ferrante, among others.
Thursday, June 6
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
972 Fifth Avenue, New York , 10075
Beyond honored to be introducing the one and only Lauren Groff, who will be in conversation with Jonathan Lethem at the 92Y.
Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies (President Obama’s Favorite Book of 2015), now publishes the story collection Florida. “Her stories have the feel of autobiography, although, as in a Salvador Dali painting, their emotional disclosures are encrypted in phantasmagoria,” wrote The New Yorker. “Her sentences are gorgeously weird and limber.” Jonathan Lethem’s new novel is The Feral Detective, his first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn. “Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, wayward America,” wrote Dana Spiotta. “In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty.”
Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30pm
In conversation with the brilliant Idra Novey, author of The Ones Who Knew.
On the eve of the first anniversary of the #MeToo movement, award-winning novelist, poet and translator Idra Novey presents a novel that explores the consequences of abuse and the public exposure of abuse in the deep and truthful way only fiction can. The author of the acclaimedWays to Disappear brings her readers to an unnamed island nation ten years after the downfall of a brutal regime where 30-year-old college instructor, Lena, begins to suspect the powerful politician she helped put in office is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When this same woman turns up dead, Lena is forced to reexamine her own complex past.
Those Who Knew conjures a modern-day fable that shows how public politics and private violence can controvert each other. The story sheds light on the forces—both personal and structural—that conspire in confounding ways to let abuse against women flourish in homes, businesses, and governments. In this powerful novel, Novey explores our human capability for hypocrisy and monstrous acts, but also for hope and resilience.
Novey will be joined in conversation by Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance, a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Mid-Sentence presents a series of conversations with groundbreaking literary voices. Indie authors and cult favorites explore the intersections between literature and lived experience.
Hernán Diaz, winner of the 2018 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for In the Distance, reads from his book. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception, book sale and signing.
The event is free and open to all, but please register. Registration opens soon. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.
This is a long established literary reading series with six events over the academic year. Open to the public, free of charge. Authors read from and discuss their work. Followed by a Q&A and book signing. Refreshments are provided.
1:00pm DISCOVERING AMERICA. The strange, twisted enigma of America has long fascinated writers, both foreign and local, while the questions of who we are and what we’ve become seem even more pertinent today. Join Croatian-born author Dubravka Ugresic (American Fictionary), Joseph O’Neil (Good Trouble), and Hernan Diaz (In the Distance) as they wrestle with the myths, mores, violence, and vulnerability of Americans in new works that glimmer with fresh insight and subversive wit. Moderated by Eric Banks.
Join us for a Sunday Social with Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance, a Milkweed Books favorite title of 2017. Diaz will be engaged in conversation by his publisher and editor, Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press, with Milkweed Books manager Hans Weyandt moderating the discussion. Read the New York Times profile of Diaz and In the Distance HERE. Read the Paris Review interview with Diaz HERE. LEARN MORE.
We’re delighted to welcome Hernan Diaz, whose debut novel In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Following a young Swedish immigrant as he walks alone across America in search of his brother, this is a luminous novel about solitude, companionship and wonder.
‘In the Distance by Hernán Diaz, is a weird western about a lonely Swede traveling America’s frontier in the 1800s. It’s very good.’ The New York Times
Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 7:00pm | Downstairs at Daunt Books Marylebone
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Gabe Habash celebrates the paperback launch of his debut novel Stephen Florida, in conversation with 2018 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance. Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it’s a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark. In Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance, a young Swedish boy, separated from his brother, becomes a man; the man, despite himself, becomes a legend and outlaw. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness. Join us for an exciting conversation about these two debut novels! Details here.
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