Chicago Humanities Festival Welcomes Author Gary Shteyngart Today
The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) hosts author Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Chicago writer Aleksandar Hemon today, Jan. 22, 2014 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple (77 W Washington St). Shteyngart's only Chicago appearance comes on the heels of his just-published memoir Little Failure, which is receiving rave reviews from critics. Hailed by The New York Times as "hilarious and moving," Little Failure details Shteyngart's childhood in Leningrad to his adolescence in Queens. Shteyngart joins Hemon, another brilliantly funny immigrant who found his calling as an American writer, to discuss his life and career. Tickets are on sale now at chicagohumanities.org.
"We are thrilled to welcome Gary Shteyngart to Chicago!" said CHF Artistic Director Matti Bunzl. "His voice is among the most unique of contemporary American writers--fierce and funny, deeply honest and full of hyperbole. We are delighted to have him in conversation about Little Failure, which is earning well-deserved accolades across the literary spectrum."
Born in Leningrad in 1972, Gary Shteyngart came to the United States at the age of seven. He is the author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Super Sad True Love Story, and Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine, as well as a book of the year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Travel & Leisure,and The New York Times Magazine. In June 2010, Shteyngart was named one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" luminary fiction writers. Shteyngart's new memoir, Little Failure, was released on Jan. 7, 2014 to critical acclaim.
"Little Failure is Gary Shteyngart's best, funniest and saddest book to date," said Hemon. "It turns out that the greatest wrangler of the English sentence in America and the funniest man in the world is also a human being. I can't wait to talk to him about it all."
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles, and The Book of My Lives. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon traveled to Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. During his visit, Sarajevo came under siege, preventing him from returning home. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.
For more information about the Gary Shteyngart/Aleksandar Hemon program, visit chicagohumanities.org. Tickets are on sale now at chicagohumanities.org or through the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets range from $10-15, with a limited number of reduced-price tickets available for students and teachers (with valid ID). A $6 per order processing fee is applied to all pre-event sales. Tickets are $5 more per ticket at the door.
CHF Winter 2014 Schedule:
(G=General Admission, M=CHF Member, ST=Students/Teachers)