Praise for The Secret History

"A penetrating analysis certain to compel a major reassessment of the Nabokov canon."
— starred review, Booklist

"...a brilliant examination that adds to the understanding of an inspiring and enigmatic life."
— starred review, Kirkus

"Highly recommended for all Nabokov fans..."
— starred review, Library Journal

"Certainly the most remarkable and insightful book on Vladimir Nabokov in many years."
— Michael Maar, author of Speak, Nabokov and The Two Lolitas

"... an intriguing and provocative new take on one of the giants of modern American letters."
— Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion: 1914-1918 and other books

"... a feat of fascinating literary detective work ..."
— Christopher Goffard, author of You Will See Fire and Snitch Jacket

"A wide-ranging introduction to Nabokov's life and work as well as a game-changer for those readers who thought they knew his writing cold."
— Steven Belletto, author of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives (Oxford U. Press)

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The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov is now in stores, and I'm in the process of visiting several cities to read from or talk about the book. If you'd like to recommend a place near you, or if you're interested in hosting a reading or talk on Vladimir Nabokov's novels and his century, email me!


New York, NY
March 13, 2013
92nd Street Y/Tribeca location
12 noon to 1:00 pm, book signing to follow
Registration info and details

Washington, DC
March 14, 2013
New York University - DC Campus
Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St., NW
6:00 pm, reception and book signing to follow
Free and open to the public--but you must register
Registration info and details

Cambridge, MA
March 29, 2013
Harvard Book Store
7:00 to 8:00 pm, book signing to follow
Additional details coming soon

Minneapolis, MN
May 2, 2013
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. South
7:30 pm

Chicago, IL
May 3, 2013
The Book Cellar
4736 - 38 North Lincoln Avenue
7:00 pm

Washington, DC
June 6, 2013
The Smithsonian Associates Program
6:45 to 8:45 pm
Registration details

San Francisco, CA
June 12, 2013
The Booksmith
1644 Haight St.
7:30 pm

Sausalito, CA
June 13, 2013
"Why There Are Words" reading series
Studio 333
333 Caledonia Street
7:00 pm

West Hollywood, CA
June 14, 2013
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
7:00 pm