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Two blockbuster authors Elif Batuman and Gary Shteyngart, critically lauded for their wit and craftsmanship, take the stage together in one sensational night! Join us as they read from their new books.



A self-described “six-foot-tall first-generation Turkish woman,” Elif Batuman was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The London Review of Books and other publications.

Nested like a Russian matryoshka doll, Batuman’s first book, The Possessed is a captivating book about books, filled with sketches of eccentric authors, existential angst among their fans, awkward encounters with authors’ descendants and a quirky literary history that infinitely leads to even quirkier mysteries. Blending homage, memoir, travelogue and wry comedy, The Possessed is more than a portrait of obsession with Russian literature; it is a full-scale diorama for anyone who loves the printed word, or whose life has been shaped by fictional characters.

Read reviews from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other press here.  


Author of the critically acclaimed knockout novels The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, Russian-born Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. His book trailers are viral hits and his collection of blurbs has earned him the tongue-in-cheek title of “master blurber”.

His new memoir, Little Failure is a candid, witty and deeply poignant account of his life so far. He shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights and literary bravado.

Off the page, Shteyngart is a masterful storyteller recounting his life as a Lenin-loving ratty-fur-overcoat-wearing child to his anxiety-attack-prone twenties in New York. As a speaker, Shteyngart explores what it means to be an immigrant, a son, an American, a grown-up and a writer.

Want more information about Little Failure? Catch a trailer of his new memoir here

Catch a Q&A session following Gary’s last reading at 92Y here.

View past 92Y events here.

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