Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/critic/UH Honors College faculty member Robert Cremins – plus a book sale and signing.
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Jonathan Lethem will join filmmaker Fred Barney Taylor for a film screening of Lethem, a portrait of the author featuring those who have impacted his life, as part of Houston Cinema Arts Festival on Sunday, November 11, 4 pm, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet (77005). Use promo code HCAF18 for a 20% discount. For more information click here.
JONATHAN LETHEM, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, has been called “one of America’s greatest storytellers” by the Washington Post and “one of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers” by Entertainment Weekly. Lethem’s novels include Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Fortress of Solitude, a New York Times bestseller; and Chronic City, a New York Times Best Book of the Year. He is also the author of several story collections and nonfiction books, including The Ecstasy of Influence, a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He comes to Houston to read from his 11th novel The Feral Detective—his first detective story since Motherless Brooklyn—which follows an unlikely pair as they navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds to find a missing girl. Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to both of these novels; Motherless Brooklyn is scheduled for release in 2019 starring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.
GARY SHTEYNGART has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers.” His debut novel The Russian Debutante’s Handbook won the Stephen Crane Award and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His other novels include Absurdistan—named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and a best book of the year by Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere—and Super Sad True Love Story, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His New York Times bestselling memoir Little Failure was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart’s work has been translated into 29 languages. Elizabeth Gilbert writes, about his new novel Lake Success, from which he will read: “This is a novel that seems to have been created in real time, reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute…. The novel is stupendous.”