Hernán Díaz wins VCU Ca­bell First Nov­el­ist Award

Díaz is au­thor of ‘In the Dis­tance’

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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.”

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