Sophia Franchi ’15 writes in:
Award-winning author Elif Batuman is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. The New York Times Book Review described The Possessed as “hilarious, wide-ranging, erudite, and memorable…a sui generis feast for the mind and fancy.”
Her work has appeared in the 2014 Best American Travel Writing and the 2010 Best American Essays collections. She has received several awards, including a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and the Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Recently writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.
Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or click here.
Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House
I am tripping over myself with excitement because this Friday, May 2nd, the writer Elif Batuman will be on campus for a Writing Programs-sponsored reading. Batuman is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, as well as numerous journalistic and critical essays for Harper’s, The New Yorker, n+1, The London Review of Books, and many other periodicals of renown.
At 4:30 p.m. in Downey House room 113, Batuman will read from her work and offer a brief Q&A. Do not miss the event many have already begun referring to as “the literarary event of the semester” and “likely to be very good.”
You might enjoy this New Yorker piece in which Batuman describes training with three-time Muay Thai boxing world champion and autodidact Bunkerd Faphimai, and writes the sentence, “It was astounding to see these enormous men, in protective helmets and mouth guards and shin guards, flying to all corners like discarded robots while Bunkerd stood in the middle of the ring, cheerfully wiping blood from his nose and displaying no sign of fatigue or ill humor.”
Date: Friday, May 2
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Downey House, room 113
More selections of Batuman’s writing follow: