The New Salon: Jaroslav Kalfař and Sidik Fofana in conversation with Darin Strauss
Thursday, February 1, 7pm
The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation
Readings by Sidik Fofana and Jaroslav Kalfař with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception/signing.
Open to the public. All attendees are required to RSVP in advance; please click here
While NYU has ended COVID-19 related restrictions and policies, we continue to remind and recommend to members of the NYU community that they stay up-to-date on their boosters, they stay home if they feel sick, and masks are always welcome.
The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House is not currently wheelchair accessible.
Jaroslav Kalfař, born in the Czech Republic, immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen. His debut novel, Spaceman of Bohemia, a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Dayton Literary peace prize, was translated into sixteen languages. Spaceman is now a major motion picture starring Adam Sandler and Carey Mulligan. His second novel, A Brief History of Living Forever, was called one of the best books of the season by Lit Hub, WIRED, and Esquire. Kalfař is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Kalamazoo College. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in Brooklyn.
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Sidik Fofana is a graduate of NYU’s MFA program and a public school teacher in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in the Sewanee Review and Granta. He was also named a fellow at the Center for Fiction in 2018. Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, his debut short story collection composed of eight narratives about residents of a fictional building in Harlem, was published by Scribner in August 2022.
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Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than it Hurts You, the memoir Half a Life, and most recently the acclaimed novel, The Queen of Tuesday : A Lucille Ball Story (Random House, 2020). Strauss is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim, an American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books, Entertainment Weekly Must Books of the Year, and Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. He teaches at New York University.
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