A group of writers will come together to read from the backs of their books instead of the pages on the inside.
Authors John Wray, Rachel Shukert, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, and Karolina Waclawiak can no longer ignore the increasingly prolific and undeniably amazing works of writer Gary Shteyngart — a man who has taken the field of back-cover blurb writing to a whole new level.
The scribes will discuss their own work, but mostly, they’ll celebrate the man who put his two cents on backs of their books — and left an imprint on the part of the cover that readers are supposed to judge.
“Gary Shteyngart’s blurbs are touching, funny and true,” Gary Shteyngart tweeted about himself. “This is a blurber to watch.”
Shteyngart — a revered writer in his own right — was speaking to Jacob Silverman, who started a Tumblr website called “The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart: A catalogue of promiscuous praise.” The site publishes the effusive words of recommendation that Shteyngart, the author of “The Russian Debutant’s Handbook” and “Super Sad True Love Story,” has generously given to a growing number of authors.
A few of those writers who are lucky enough to have the Shteyngart stamp of approval are fetting the blurber — such as Adam Wilson, about whose book Shteyngart said, “OMFG, I nearly up and died from laughter when I read ‘Flatscreen.’ ”
The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, Live! at Word Bookstore [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com]. Nov. 7, 7 pm. Free.