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Shorties (Gary Shteyngart's Book Tour Diary, A Luna Reunion, and more)

Gary Shteyngart is keeping a book tour diary at Page-Turner. The band Luna has announced a 2015 reunion tour. The Rumpus interviewed author Megan Stielstra. Hypebot has kicked off a guide to crowdfunding music projects. The New York Times profiled...

Gary Shteyngart Tries and Tries Again to Eat at Ess-a-Bagel

"Not everything can be sea urchin and chicken cracklings, you know?" #wrap-wrap.jackDanielsSpot{display:none;} !+[sponsored-jack-daniels] Gary Shteyngart, the author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure (which comes out in paperback on October 7), has lived and traveled all over the world. Show More Summary

Blurbing for Laughs

Recommended Viewing: Even though Gary Shteyngart is done with blurbing, he’s such an addict that he did make time to blurb the worst books ever at a recent improv show at Late Night Basement.

Watch Gary Shteyngart blurb the world’s worst books

Though the author swore off blurbing, he indulged an audience at an improv show

Goodbye to King of the Blurbs

Recently, it seemed hard to find a book not blurbed by Gary Shteyngart. He did blurb 150 books in the past decade. Yet now the author has decided to mostly retire from blurbing, he announced in The New Yorker. “Literature can and will go on without my mass blurbing. Perhaps it may even improve.” Pair […]

Shorties (Gary Shteyngart on Book Blurbing, The Top Five Hip Hop References in Poetry, and more)

Gary Shteyngart on book blurbing at the New Yorker. The Tottenville Review interviewed author Alena Graedon. OUPblog listed the top five hip hop references in poetry. Angus Andrew of the band Liars listed his favorite albums at The Quietus. What...

Book News: The Celebrity Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

8 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Also: Exiled Romanian poet Nina Cassian has died; the real title of Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir; Gary Shteyngart retires from book blurbing.

An Open Letter from Gary Shteyngart

Dear Everyone, During the past ten years, it has been my pleasure and honor to blurb over a hundred and fifty books. It is with deep sadness that I announce that the volume of requests has exceeded my abilities, and I will be throwing my “blurbing pen” into the Hudson River during a future ceremony, time and place to be determined....read more

Prada Wants to Bestow Literary Fame on You

8 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Last fall, Gary Shteyngart, Jay McInerney, and Jonathan Ames were among the readers at the Prada Journal's first inaugural literary contest, which asked literary aspirants to respond to the prompt "What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?" In good... More »

Shorties (2014 Lollapalooza Lineup Announced, Gary Shteyngart on His Next Novel, and more)

The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup has been announced. The New York Times reported that Gary Shteyngart's next novel will be an international thriller. "At its heart 'Hotel Solitaire' is a family drama set in the high-stakes world of global finance, moving...

Discussing ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ With Gary Shteyngart

At 6:30 p.m., join an online discussion of Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" with Gary Shteyngart and Ginia Bellafante tonight.

Writer Gary Shteyngart Was Almost a Bavarian Porn Star: Watch

Bestselling author Garry Shteyngart came to TIME to talk about — among other things — his weird name. Shteyngart’s birth name is Igor, but as a schoolboy, the writer copped so much flak for having the same name as Frankenstein’s assistant that his parents changed it to Gary. Show More Summary

Immigrant Song

Why are Americans so enamored by immigrant fiction but rarely read anything in translation? David Naimon and Gary Shteyngart discuss this and more in the latest Between The Covers podcast. Shteyngart’s latest book, Little Failure, was part of our 2014 book preview.

How I Wrote It: Gary Shteyngart, on "Little Failure"

When he started writing his first-ever memoir, Gary Shteyngart says he thought he knew plenty about his own life story. As he began researching his past--an awkward childhood in the Soviet Union, his family's move to the United States, his...

Book News: U.N.-Backed Report Finds 'Shocking' Levels of Youth Illiteracy

11 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Also: Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell has a deal for two graphic novels; Susan Sontag's biographer on reading her emails; Gary Shteyngart on his reading habits.

Shorties (Literary Cocktails, Gary Shteyngart on His Memoir, and more)

Food Riot lists cocktails based on literary characters. Bookworm interviews Gary Shteyngart about his memoir, Little Failure. Tin House shares an excerpt from Peter Mountford's new novel The Dismal Science. Critic Robert Christgau looks back on 2013's music releases at...

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

Sean Carman reviews LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.

Gary Shteyngart & Laurie Halse Anderson Get Booked

11 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date. Author Gary Shteyngart will headline a conversation event with actor Oliver Platt to discuss his new memoir Little Failure. Show More Summary

A Stately, Confident Novelist Goes Dystopian

11 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Chang-rae Lee was the first writer to recognize the genius of Stranger favorite Gary Shteyngart—he helped place The Russian Debutante’s Handbook with a publisher, launching Shteyngart’s career. Lee is a very different writer than Shteyngart... KEEP READING > > [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

“Trying to save Brooklyn”

At Salon, an interview with Year in Reading alum Gary Shteyngart, whose new memoir, Little Failure, came out last week. Shteyngart talks about the rise of a new “global fiction” and laments the fact that Russia “can’t seem to catch a break.”

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