Pen Pals

Hernan Diaz

Hopkins Center for the Arts - In-person + Virtual
Mon, May 5, 2025, 7:30pm
Tue, May 6, 2025, 11:00am
Ticket prices
$35 - $59
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Trust by Hernan Diaz Book Cover

Rather than asking how literature can accurately imitate life, I’m interested in how reality can be shaped by fiction.

 - Hernan Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Hernan Diaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of two celebrated works of fiction. His first novel, In the Distance, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 books of the year, and one of Literary Hub’s twenty best novels of the decade. It was originally released by Minneapolis publisher, Coffee House Press.

The author’s latest release—and winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction—is Trust, an unparalleled story of money, power, intimacy, and perception. Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? Diaz raises this question among others in this expansive, genre-bending story about the roaring ‘20s and the Great Depression. Trust was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and Time magazine. 
Diaz holds a PhD from NYU, edits an academic journal at Columbia University, and is also the author of a work of literary criticism: Borges, between History and Eternity. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.

All in-person Pen Pals programs are held at the Hopkins Center for the Arts—offering great sound and sight lines for the entire house. Just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 28 minutes from Saint Paul, Hopkins Center for the Arts offers free convenient parking as well as numerous nearby restaurants. Please click the button below to download a detailed directions and parking guide.

Hopkin Center for the Arts

1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

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Ticket holders to both sessions of this event will automatically receive access to a virtual live stream of the evening lecture via Zoom. A personalized link will be sent to the email provided during purchase at least 24 hours prior to the evening event. In addition, a link to an on-demand recording will be sent to ticket holders via email the day following the evening event and will be available for viewing for three days. If you plan on joining the livestream event and have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

Accessible parking and seating is available at all Pen Pals events. Captions are available for both in-person and virtual events, and assistive listening devices are available at in-person events. Read more about accessibility at Pen Pals here.

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