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Gary Shteyngart, whose memoir, Little Failure, sent fans and critics alike into raptures of delight and Anya Von Bremzen, whose Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking filled readers’ eyes with tears and their hearts with laughter, share childhood memories of the hardship and the madness of Soviet Russia and the immigrant experience of coming to America, and how their Russian culture—so sticky, so impossible to shake—continues to inform who they are to this day.

There will be a selling and signing of Gary Shteyngart's Little Failure and Anya Von Bremzen's Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking following the event.


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Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart lives in New York City and upstate New York.


Anya von Bremzen is the winner of three James Beard awards; a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine; and the author of five acclaimed cookbooks, among them The New Spanish Table, The Greatest Dishes: Around the World in 80 Recipes and Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook (coauthored by John Welchman). She also contributes regularly to Food & Wine and Saveur and has written for The New Yorker, Departures and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between New York City and Istanbul.


Budd Mishkin is the host and reporter for NY1's weekly profile series, "One On 1 with Budd Mishkin," which profiles influential New Yorkers who have significant personal and professional ties to the city.

Among those profiled since the series started in 2003 are musicians Wynton Marsalis, Wyclef Jean and Judy Collins; writers Robert Caro, Gay Talese and Pete Hamill; TV chefs Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain; broadcaster Mike Wallace; educator Geoffrey Canada; environmental activist Majora Carter; and Donald Trump, Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo.

Budd started with the newschannel in 1992 and is one of NY1's original employees. He has served as a sports anchor/reporter for NY1's nightly program "Sports on 1, The Last Word," covering some of the biggest events in recent New York sports history: the Rangers Stanley Cup victory, the Yankees World Series run, the 2000 Subway Series and the Knicks playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat.

As an anchor for the show, Budd has interviewed some of the greats of the New York sports world and beyond: Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Rod Gilbert, Boris Becker, Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson, to name a few. Perhaps his most enjoyable in-studio interview was horse owner and actor Jack Klugman, the beloved Oscar Madison of "Odd Couple" fame.

Since NY1's inception, Budd has contributed feature stories outside the world of sports on subjects ranging from the one-year commemoration of September 11th to profiles of Steve Van Zandt and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His anchoring work was cited in an Emmy awarded to NY1 in 1999 for a half-hour special on the death of Joe Dimaggio.

Budd was born in 1959 and raised in Monroe, New York, where his primary loves were the Knicks, the Rangers and The Beatles, though not necessarily in that order. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1981 with a degree in International Relations. Budd has worked in radio and television news and/or sports ever since, including jobs at WNBC Radio, CNN New York and WRGB in Albany, before coming to NY1. He has also worked as a freelance feature reporter for "Sportsdesk" on the MSG Network.

One previous job that gets excluded from his resume? Budd served as a radio ski reporter in 1985-86, calling stations around the Northeast with daily updates on conditions. He did this not from the slopes but from his cramped apartment in Manhattan. In order not to wake up his two roommates, Budd broadcast his ski reports on the phone every morning from the bathroom. He spent three hours every morning during a cold winter calling radio stations about skiing—true story.

Away from NY1, Budd has turned a hobby into a slowly developing second career: Russian folk singer. He studied in the former Soviet Union in high school and college in the 1970s, then traveled there twice in the 1990s. He describes his Russian as passable, but his love for the music of the late Soviet singer/songwriter Bulat Okudzhava is real. Budd has performed Okudzhava's music at the Cornelia St. Cafe and Makor in New York City, and appears frequently before Russian groups throughout New York. And the one line he's used to start all of these shows? "I know what you are thinking," he says. "Just another TV sports guy who sings Russian folk songs."

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