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Writer Elif Batuman speaks at Downey House

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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’sThe New Yorker, n+1The 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
Cost: $0

More selections of Batuman’s writing follow:

Alan Gilbert and Porochista Khakpour to Read at Russell House – CANCELED!

GilbertNOTE: This event has been CANCELED due to snow. The original event text follows.

On Wednesday, February 5th at 8 p.m. poet Alan Gilbert and novelist Porochista Khakpour will kick off this semester’s series of Russell House readings.

Alan Gilbert is the author of two books of poetry, The Treatment of Monuments and Late in the Antenna Fields. His collection of essays, articles and reviews, Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2006. He is a visiting writer in Wesleyan’s English department.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her new novel, The Last Illusion, will be published this spring. Her essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Slate, and Salonand she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. This semester she is a visiting writer in the English department.

Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit here.

Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Russell House