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Tuesday Noon with Elif Batuman and Jami Attenberg

March 21 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Hampton Room
1030 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Scripps Presents
(909) 607-8508


Elif Batuman. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

“[The Idiot] is self-aware, cerebral, and delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Hilarious, courageous, and mesmerizing from page one, All Grown Up…is that rare book I’m dying to give all my friends so we can discuss it deep into the night.” —Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

The year is 1995, and Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, is entering her first year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in unfamiliar subjects, befriends her worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. This is life on the cusp of adulthood, and it’s also Elif Batuman’s novel, The Idiot. In All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg’s heroine, Andrea, is at the threshold of a different kind of reckoning; a 39-year-old, single, childfree woman, she is defying convention as she seeks connection. Batuman and Attenberg visit Scripps to share from their new books that reflect on the ways we invent and reinvent ourselves over time. Scripps faculty Kimberly Drake joins them for a conversation.

Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of the Whiting Writers’ award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans.