ONE OF THE “TOP TEN BOOKS” OF 2022
Hernan Diaz in conversation with Paul Stasi
Thursday, March 9, 2023
4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library (3rd Floor)
7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222
Free and open to the public.
Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer-nominated fiction writer and former UAlbany faculty member, is the author of the acclaimed new novel, Trust (2022), a mind-blowing and multi-layered narrative, the book is composed of four manuscripts, each telling a different version of the life of a Wall Street tycoon and his wife, building to Black Thursday and the Great Depression.
One of the most talked-about novels of the year, Trust was named one of the “Top Ten Books of 2022” in both the New York Times and the Washington Post, and long-listed for the Booker Prize. One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2022, Trust is currently being developed as a limited series for HBO.
Born in Argentina and raised in Sweden, Diaz was Assistant Professor in the University at Albany's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the 2000s and 2010s. His first novel, In the Distance (2017), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Paul Stasi is a UAlbany English Associate Professor and a friend of Hernan Diaz who is thanked in the acknowledgments of Trust. He researches and teaches in the areas of Modernism, 20th-century Anglophone writing, Marxist, aesthetic, and postcolonial theory, and silent film.
His new book is The Persistence of Realism in Modernist Fiction (2022), from Cambridge University Press. Previous books include Modernism, Imperialism and the Historical Sense (2012), Ezra Pound in the Present (co-editor 2016), and Deadwood and the End of American Empire (co-editor 2013).
Cosponsored by the English Department’s Creative Writing Program and Young Writers Program, and the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies.