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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gary Shteyngart and others added to the Ivy Hall Writers Series

SCAD announced an expanded line-up for their Spring 2011 Ivy Hall Writers Series today. They're starting the series with two of Atlanta's literary belles, Kathryn Stockett and Susan Rebecca White, at the end of this month. April will bring two writers who've developed interesting and clever ways of adapting history into contemporary work, Sarah Vowell and Elizabeth Kostova. The big announcement, though, is that Russian-born novelist Gary Shteyngart will be coming to speak in May.

Shteyngart's last novel, a dystopian satire titled Super Sad True Love Story, continued a luminous streak of literary success that began with his debut in 2003, The Russian Debutante's Handbook. His work has been praised by everyone from The New Yorker, which named him one of their "20 Under 40" last summer, to Granta, who also among their "Best of Young American Novelists." Rightfully so - the often-noted humor of his work is only matched by his consistent insight and unflappable craft. He is also, as seen above, responsible for one of the best book trailers in the history of book trailers.

Check out the schedule and details after the jump.

From the SCAD press release:

Notable writers Kathryn Stockett and Susan Rebecca White will kick off the series as guest lecturers on Wednesday, March 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

The New York Times best-selling author Sarah Vowell is loved by critics and readers and is best known for her unique take on American history and culture. Her newest book, “Unfamiliar Fishes,” investigates the history of Hawaii since the United States annexed it in 1898. Vowell will speak Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

Elizabeth Kostova, known for melding history and fiction, will speak about her novels, "The Historian" and "Swan Thieves." An international bestseller, "The Historian" tells the story of Vlad the Impaler, the dark figure who inspired the Dracula legend. "Swan Thieves" tells the tale of a beautiful woman, a mysterious painting and a historical art secret. Kostova’s lecture is Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.

Gary Shteyngart's recent novel "Super Sad True Love Story" instantly hit The New York Times Best Sellers list and more than 40 "Best Books of the Year" lists, including NPR's Fresh Air, The New York Times, The Washington Post and O Magazine. His other works have met similar acclaim from major newspapers around the country. His novels have been translated into more than 24 languages, and his fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, GQ, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire, among others. Shteyngart will speak Monday, May 9, 6:30-8 p.m., at Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.

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