Hernán Díaz wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
Díaz is author of ‘In the Distance’
RICHMOND — Hernán Díaz has won the 2018 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. His winning book, “In the Distance,” published by Coffee House Press, tells the story of a Swedish immigrant crossing America’s western frontier in the years between the gold rush and the Civil War, a story that encompasses both the vast landscape and the quiet depths of one man’s suffering.
Díaz will receive the award Nov. 6 at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he will give a reading and participate in a roundtable and panel discussion with VCU students and the public. The event will be held in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303) at 7 p.m.
For additional details, visit www.firstnovelist.vcu.edu/event/.
Díaz was one of three finalists for the prize, now in its 17th year, which is presented on behalf of VCU’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program and sponsored by the James Branch Cabell Library Associates, VCU Libraries, the Department of English, Barnes & Noble @ VCU and the College of Humanities and Sciences.
The other finalists were S.J. Sindu for “Marriage of a Thousand Lies” and Anelise Chen for “So Many Olympic Exertions.”