Bookish: In the Distance
Join us at the Museum as we read In the Distance by Hernan Diaz. A 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, In the Distance tells the story of a young Swedish immigrant who 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, American Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness. Spencer Wigmore, curator of the exhibition Thomas Moran’s Mount Superior, will share some insight on the recent acquisition of a long-lost watercolor by the acclaimed landscape artist, and we’ll learn more about the history of colonization and industrialization of the American West. After the tour, we will discuss the book.
Purchase In the Distance from the Museum Store.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation may be provided during this event upon advance request.
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