Book Soup at the Skirball presents Gary Shteyngart reading from Lake Success


Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. (Random House)

"Gary Shteyngart has held up a mirror to American culture that is so accurate, and so devastating, that it makes you want to break the mirror right over your own head. I mean this as a good thing."--Elizabeth Gilbert

This program is presented in partnership with Scripps Presents, the public programming series of Scripps College. 

This ticketed event will be held at Skirball Cultural Center, located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, 90049

Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Ticket options:

$28.00 + tax (includes one entry and one signed copy of Lake Success)

$34.00 + tax (includes two entries and one signed copy of Lake Success)


Please note: each ticket option includes one signed copy of Lake Success to be handed out at check in, the night of the event. Additional copies will be available for purchase the night of.

The reading and q&a with Gary Shteyngart will be followed by a book signing.

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If you have any questions please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe


Event date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049