Author Evening at D.U. with Gary Shteyngart

University of Denver

The University of Denver's Enrichment Program joins us in Presenting author Gary Shteyngart as he discusses and signs his memoir Little Failure.

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.

Tickets for this event are $25 and include a copy of the book Little Failure. Please click here for the Enrichment Program's website to register.

Gary Shteyngart’s website


Event date: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
2211 S. Josephine St.
80208 Denver
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