Literary Events

Elif Batuman and Yiyun Li in Conversation

When: Thu., March 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 2017

Join these two outstanding writers as they talk about culture, craft, language and the importance of the novel. This is also a book launch for Elif's first novel, The Idiot. The Idiot takes a kind of story that we all think we know well, and turns it completely on its head. Batuman's novel reminds us that to be American means to be from elsewhere. Our heroine, Selin, is the daughter of Turkish immigrants who have made deep sacrifices so that their daughter may be able to experience all the privileges of the American way of life, in particular, when it comes to her education at Harvard. But the weight of that expectation does not sit lightly.

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