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Story/Teller: Gary Shteyngart Presents Our Country Friends with Sloane Crosley and Frank Wood

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT November 2, 2021

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

In-person tickets are sold out. All registrants will receive a copy of Our Country Friends and a link to livestream the event. In-person* ticketholders will receive their books at the event check-in.

Gary Shteyngart, “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers,” according to the New York Times, celebrates the launch of his fifth novel, Our Country Friends. The novel examines friendship, betrayal, and isolation among eight friends waiting out a pandemic in a country house. Tony-winning actor Frank Wood will perform a dramatic reading of excerpts from the novel followed by a conversation between Shteyngart and bestselling American essayist, Sloane Crosley. Brilliantly crafted and reflective of recent turmoil, Our Country Friends captures relationships in their most honest form during uncertain times.

*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event in person. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • CDC vaccination card
  • Excelsior pass
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered your vaccine

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    Gary Shteyngart

    Gary Shteyngart

    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. His novel Super Sad True Love Story won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and became one of the most iconic novels of the decade. His memoir, Little Failure, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel is Lake Success. His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries.

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    Sloane Crosley

    Sloane Crosley

    Sloane Crosley is the author of the essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Look Alive Out There (both finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor), How Did You Get This Number, and the novel, The Clasp. She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series and is featured in The Library of America’s 50 Funniest American Writers, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Phillip Lopate’s The Contemporary American Essay and others. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Vogue, the New York Times, the Guardian, New York magazine, and the New York Review of Books. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and books columnist for Departures magazine. Her new novel, Cult Classic, will be out from FSG in June 2022. She lives in Manhattan.

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    Frank Wood

    Frank Wood

    Frank Wood won both the Tony Award and the Drama League Award for Sideman. He went on to play the role of “Gene” on London’s West End, and in Australia. His Broadway credits include The Great Society; Network; The Iceman Cometh; Clybourne Park; August: Osage County; Born Yesterday; and Hollywood Arms. His Off-Broadway credits include: The Perplexed, Manhattan Theatre Club; In the Blood, Signature; The Babylon Line, Lincoln Center; The Nether, MCC at The Lucille Lortel; Angels in America, Signature; and Spring Awakening, The Atlantic.

    His work in film includes Joker; Detroit; Gold; St. Vincent; Changeling; Taking of Pelham 123; Dan in Real Life; Thirteen Days; Pollock; People I Know; In America; Down to You; and The Royal Tennenbaums. His television credits include Prodigal Son; Evil; Dopesick; Servant; Blacklist; The Get Down; The Night Of; Mozart in the Jungle; Newsroom; Younger; The Good Wife; Modern Family; Elementary; Blue Bloods; The Knick; Girls; Flight of the Conchords; Grey’s Anatomy; The Sopranos; and Law & Order: SVU. He has performed at regional theatres including Goodman Theatre; ACT; Long Wharf Theatre; Hartford Stage; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Cincinnati Playhouse; Arena Stage, DC; Mark Taper Forum; and New York Stage & Film. Frank received his BA from Wesleyan University and his MFA at the NYU Graduate Acting Program.