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January – June 2023

67: An Evening with Elif Batuman

67: An Evening with Elif Batuman


This event will have ASL interpretation.

Laugh-out-loud funny, erudite, and ever-so-astute, Elif Batuman’s novels have surprised and delighted the academy, the critics, and millions of readers worldwide. A Pulitzer-finalist, The Idiot was lauded for its witty and wise depictions while Batuman’s follow up, Either/Or, has already been marked as even more compelling. Join this author of a generation for an intimate conversation with Anakana Schofield. The last time these two were on stage together is written in Fest lore as one of the funniest events of the past 35 years. Join these exceptionally witty, acclaimed authors as they discuss the creative process, literary devices, strange protagonists, and more. Think of this as the dinner party conversation of your dreams.

Event Participants:

Elif Batuman

ELIF BATUMAN was a Pulitzer Prize-finalist for her first novel, The Idiot, which was also shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She joins the Festival with the acclaimed novel’s sequel, Either/Or—an instant New York Times bestseller. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker. (UNITED STATES)

Anakana Schofield

ANAKANA SCHOFIELD is the author of the 2020 Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted novel BINA: A Novel in Warnings, and the acclaimed, Giller Prize-shortlisted novel Martin John. Her debut novel Malarky won the First Novel Award and the DebutLitzer Prize for Fiction.