“Young Lion” Olga Grushin to Read Fiction

Posted January 31st, 2008 at 6:16 pm.

photo: Olga GrushinAuthor Olga Grushin, who was chosen as one of Granta magazine’s “21 Best American Fiction Writers Under 35” last year and received the 2007 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House.

The reading, part of the College’s Creative Writing Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Grushin’s first novel, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, was among the most well reviewed books of 2006. It was named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, Washington Post, and many others. Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post Book World described it as “sophisticated, ironic and witty, multilayered, intricately constructed, deeply informed, elegantly written—the work, one would think, of someone who has been writing and publishing fiction for years.”

Born in Moscow, Grushin studied art history at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and journalism at Moscow State University. In 1989, she was given a full scholarship to Emory University, and became the first Russian citizen to enroll in and complete a four-year American college program, graduating summa cum laude in 1993.

Since coming to the United States, she has been an interpreter for former President Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a leading Washington law firm, and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Her short fiction has appeared in Partisan Review, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, and Art Times.

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