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Author Gary Shteyngart

Born to Jewish parents in Leningrad during the decline of the Soviet Union, Igor Shteyngart immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1979. With the move and a hope to ease his assimilation, Igor’s name changed to Gary. But, even with those momentous changes, Gary was still the same small, asthmatic boy his father called Soplyak (Snotty) and his mother called Failurchka (a fusion of English and Russian, meaning Little Failure). With that foundation, Gary thought he was destined to disappoint and would never succeed. (Who can blame him!) Today, however, Gary not only teaches writing at Columbia University, he is The New York Times bestselling author of three critically acclaimed novels. His memoir Little Failure debuted as a bestseller in January and quickly became lauded as one of the best publications of this year. In it, Gary insightfully shares his own story with candor, emotional depth and his signature self-deprecating wit. Gary is the first American ever to win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comedic Fiction, so come to his lecture prepared to laugh. Preview Gary’s satiric style before you arrive by viewing the star-studded book trailer for Little Failure.

One evening
Fri., 7 pm, Oct. 17, 2014
CRN 1200 / $25*

*Price includes a copy of the new edition of Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart is the award-winning author of
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure. His work has been translated into 26 languages.

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