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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Quotes & Highlights

“With Shteyngart’s nutty knack for tangy language, it’s as if Vladimir Nabokov rewrote 1984_.”  —_People Magazine on _Super Sad True Love Story _
“The most riveting look at the dark side of marriage since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  —Stephen King on Mr. Peanut


The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series brings noted American and international writers to Washington, DC to present eight to ten public fiction readings in the Elizabethan Theater of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Readings are followed by a reception and book signing where audience members may meet visiting writers and engage in lively conversation about literature. This program brings diverse voices of literary excellence to the Washington, DC region and allows reads an opportunity to meet with the minds behind their favorite works.

*Gary Shteyngart *was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as a best book of the year by Time, The Washington Post Book World, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. His last novel _Super Sad True Love Story _was featured on over 40 best end-of-year lists an won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Shteyngart lives in New York City.

*Adam Ross *is the author of two books — Mr. Peanut, a novel, and Ladies and Gentlemen, a collection of short fiction. Ross was born and raised in New York City and attended the Trinity School, where he was a state champion wrestler. A child actor, he has appeared in movies, commercials, and television shows, as well as on radio dramas such as _The Eternal Light _and E.G. Marshall’s Mystery Theater. He graduated with departmental honors in English from Vassar College and holds an MA and MFA in creative writing from Hollins University and Washington University respectively.

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