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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500


Gary Shteyngart

Thursday, January 16, 8:00 p.m.


  • $24 General including hardcover book
  • $20 Members including hardcover book
  • $10 Lecture only

Click here to purchase a ticket for the
Gary Shteyngart lecture and book*

Click here to purchase a ticket for the
Gary Shteyngart lecture

Reservations recommended

See below for check-in details and updates on the 405 Freeway project.

*Books purchased in advance will be available at Will Call on the night of the lecture. Additional copies of the book will be available on the night of the lecture for $24 apiece. Lecture-only ticketholders will not be able to apply their fee toward a book purchase on the night of the event.


Hear acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart read from his candid, witty, and deeply poignant new memoir, Little Failure.

Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His decision at age five to become a writer led his disappointed mother to dub him Failurchka, an English/Russian fusion meaning “little failure.” The memoir depicts his immigrant experience with self-deprecating humor, moving insight, and literary bravado.

Shteyngart is the author of Super Sad True Love Story, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, and Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Time. He was named a Granta Best Young American Novelist and a New Yorker Best Writer Under 40.

“Thanks to Little Failure, the army of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is about to get bigger.”—New York Times

"This rollicking, splayed-out, no-holds-barred account of [Shteyngart's] life is often unnervingly frank, sometimes shocking—and occasionally disorienting, in a good way."—Bookforum

Tips on check-in and how to get here:
  • Will Call opens at 7:00 p.m. Guests who pre-purchased Little Failure may pick up their copies at the Will Call table at this time.
  • Copies of Little Failure are available for purchase for $24 at the door.
  • Please be aware that due to scheduled I-405 freeway ramp closures, we recommend the following routes to the Skirball:

    If driving southbound on the 405, be sure to exit at Burbank Blvd. (or earlier) and drive to the Skirball via Sepulveda Blvd.

    If driving northbound on the 405, be sure to exit at Moraga Dr. (or earlier) and drive to the Skirball via Sepulveda Blvd. 
For freeway updates, visit Metro's website

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