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 Reviewand 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.
- This event has passed.
September 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$29 - $46
In Conversation with Isabel Duffy
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater
Series: Special Events
Buy Tickets | 415.392.4400
All $46 Orchestra tickets include copy of Gary Shteyngart’s new book, “Lake Success”.
- City Arts & Lectures
- Juliana SpahrPoet and Professor of English at Mills College Juliana Spahr celebrates her new book "Du Bois's Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment" (Harvard U.) with a discussion at City Lights. The book explores how state interests have shaped U.S. literature; whether writing can be revolutionary; and if art can be autonomous--topics Spahr and David Buuck […]
- M. NourbeSe PhilipAcclaimed Toronto-based poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NorbeSe Philip visits San Francisco to read from her work as part of The Poetry Center's newly launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Philip is the author of many works, including the poetry cycle "Zong!" (Wesleyan U, 2011) and "Blank: Essays and Interviews" (Bookthug, 2018). […]
- Kiese Laymon with Tongo Eisen-MartinJackson, Mississippi native Kiese Laymon visits San Francisco to read from his astonishing new book "Heavy: An American Memoir." Presented by The Poetry Center at SFSU, Laymon reads and is in conversation with local favorite Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the poetry collection "Heaven Is All Goodbyes." The only question is what to be more excited […]
- Litquake and Lit CrawlSan Francisco's annual 10-day festival Litquake returns for its 19th year, taking over the greater Bay Area with readings, panels and literary parties of and for all kinds. Culminating in the world-famous Lit Crawl--some 100 free events in 4 hours, all in the Mission District, which features a healthy sampling of local reading series--the fest […]
- Voice of WitnessVoice of Witness launches the first in a new series with Haymarket Books, "Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary Confinement", which in trademark VOW style explores the mental, physical and spiritual impacts of America's widespread embrace of solitary confinement through first-person accounts. Editors Mateo Hoke and Taylor Pendergrass will be in conversation with Bay Area […]
- Jennifer CroftWinners of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and translator Jennifer Croft visit San Francisco to discuss "Flights," a hard-to-classify work that spans centuries and interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of human anatomy. Sponsored by The Center for the Art of Translation, this promises to be an invigorating […]
- John SimsInterdisciplinary conceptual artist John Sims visits City Lights to celebrate the release of his video poem chapbook "A Blazing Grace and the AfroDixieRemixes: The San Francisco Sessions." Part of a 16-year project, the chap confronts the anthem of the Confederacy by remixing and cross-appropriating a wide range of genres of black music, from spiritual and […]
- Reyna GrandeMexican author Reyna Grande, who walked across the border at age nine looking for her parents and a home, celebrates her new memoir, "A Dream Called Home," at The Bindery. She's joined in conversation by Carolina De Robertis ("The Gods of Tango"). Grande has received many honors for her work, including an International Latino Book […]
- Evie ShockleyA finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her fifth collection, "semiautomatic," which the committee called "a brilliant leap of faith into the echoing abyss of language, part rap, part rant, part slam, part performance art, that leaves the reader unsettled, challenged--and bettered," Evie Shockley reads for the Holloway Series, a chance to […]
- Juan Gabriel VaquezColombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez reads from and discusses his new novel "The Shape of the Ruins" at Green Apple Books on the Park. A sweeping political thriller concerned with conspiracy theories, actual assassinations that took place in Bogota, and state secrets, the novel is grounded in reality and eerily parallels the current political situation […]