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Author Gary Shteyngart Gives Talk At Conservative Synagogue In Westport

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Novelist Gary Shteyngart will speak Sunday, March 6 at the Conservative Synagogue in Westport about his New York Times-bestselling memoir "Little Failure," the story of how he and his parents emigrated from the USSR to the United States in 1979.

The Conservative Synagogue and the Westport Library are community partners for the program.

"Little Failure" is the selection for the synagogue’s community read, sponsored by the Wainshal Family in memory of Harouzi Wainshal and Shirley Weitzen and part of the Books B'yachad series.

Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. The book was named one of the best books of 2014 by more than 45 publications.

He is the author "Super Sad True Love Story," which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than 40 news journals and magazines around the world.

He also wrote "Absurdistan," which was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Time magazine and also was "The Russian Debutante’s Handbook," winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the programs, which is free. Registration is requested and can be done online .

For more information, call 203-291-4800 or click here .

The event will take place from 7-8 p.m.

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road.

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