Gary Shteyngart to Speak at the Tenement Museum This Month

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 at 10:03 am by

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Gary Shteyngart at the Chicago Humanities Festival in January 2014/Photo by Ben Gonzales

Gary Shteyngart, whose growing trove of stellar books includes Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, is set to take part in the Tenement Museum’s latest installment of Tenement Talks.

On Monday, March 31 at the Museum’s Visitor Center (103 Orchard St.), Shteyngart will be chatting about his latest work, Little Failure, a memoir which depicts the award-winning, Leningrad-born author’s immigrant experience with a mix of humor, melancholy and more. Manhattan-based writer Suketu Mehta, whose book Maximum City was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, will lead the discussion.

For a glimpse into Little Failure, check out the charming trailer below starring Rashida Jones and James Franco, plus a host of other cool folks such as American novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen and writer Sloane Crosley.

And his baby book is pretty fantastic, too. I mean, just look at the Little Failure cover. View all the awesomeness here.

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This free event kicks off at 6:30pm and seats are first-come, first-serve. Two seats can be reserved with the purchase of Little Failure by contacting Laura Lee via email or 212-431-0233, ext. 259. And for all the details on the Tenement Museum’s spring series of Tenement Talks, check out their official site.

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