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.
Though the author swore off blurbing, he indulged an audience at an improv show
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 […]
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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
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 »
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...
At 6:30 p.m., join an online discussion of Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" with Gary Shteyngart and Ginia Bellafante tonight.
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
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.
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...
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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...
Sean Carman reviews LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.
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
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 ]
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.”
(Gary Shteyngart reads tonight at Town Hall.) You've never seen an author photo quite like this one. Every chapter of Gary Shteyngart's new memoir, Little Failure (Random House, $27), opens with a photograph of Shteyngart from the corresponding time period, but it's the picture from chapter four, "Moscow Square," that captures your imagination. Show More Summary
Today’s the big day, folks. Gary Shteyngart is reading at Town Hall, from his new memoir, Little Failure. Everybody in the office who has spoken about Shteyngart speaks highly of him. All rivers flow to Shteyngart. Now, let's talk about other recommended events for tonight. Show More Summary