From the Poetry Center Archive: Gary Shteyngart and Victor LaValle

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story has just been published in paperback—see this super funny book trailer with Shteyngart and Paul Giamatti—and today we feature video of Shteyngart and fellow novelist Victor LaValle answering questions after their readings at 92nd Street Y in March. Read Gillian Reagan’s review of the evening on Bookish at

Some highlights from the video: Shteyngart confessing that he got his start as a writer while trying to make friends in Hebrew School; and LaValle, when asked about portraying fat characters, revealing that some of his sympathy comes from a long-held desire to redeem Orson Welles.

In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For more information about the rest of the upcoming season, please click here.

Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

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