Creating Home: On Finding Yourself in Another Culture

Sunday, April 29 | 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
  • International
  • Literary

Hernan Diaz, Rodrigo Hasbún, Tommy Wieringa, moderated by Oscar Villalon

“Home”—losing it, finding it, creating it—is one of the most fundamental themes in literature. These three authors explore the concept of home and foreignness, creating utterly captivating stories that subvert readers’ expectations. Hernan Diaz, associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University, sends a youthful Swedish immigrant on a cross-country American trek in his new novel, “In the Distance,” called “a potent depiction of loneliness, a memorable immigration narrative, and a canny reinvention of the old-school western.” In Rodrigo Hasbún’s, “Affections,” a former member of the Nazi propaganda machine flees to Bolivia to find a fresh start, only to discover revolution. Tommy Wieringa’s “These Are the Names” is “part fable, part murder mystery,” telling the interwoven stories of a group of refugees and a good-hearted policeman—”this touching novel insistently affirms the values of civilization above tribalism and fear” (Wall Street Journal).

The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

With the support of Letterenfonds/Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York