The Gambler Wife: A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved Dostoyevsky

**FINALIST FOR THE 2022 PEN AMERICA JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY**

A revelatory new portrait of the courageous woman who saved Dostoyevsky’s life—and became a pioneer in Russian literary history

In the fall of 1866, a twenty-year-old stenographer named Anna Snitkina applied for a position with a writer she idolized: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A self-described “emancipated girl of the sixties,” Snitkina had come of age during Russia’s first feminist movement, and Dostoyevsky—a notorious radical turned acclaimed novelist—had impressed the young woman with his enlightened and visionary fiction.

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Books Behind Bars is now the subject of the documentary, Seats at the Table, airing nationally on PBS 2020-2021

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew D. Kaufman is a nationally recognized educator, author, speaker, and innovator who is bringing classical literature alive for wide audiences ranging from corporate executives to incarcerated youth. A PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Stanford University, Kaufman is the author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times and Understanding Tolstoy, and co-author of Russian for Dummies. His work has been featured on Today, NPR, PBS, and in The Washington Post, and he has served as a Russian literature expert for Oprah’s Book Club. He is also the creator of Books Behind Bars, introducing incarcerated youth to the writings of Dostoyevsky and other authors.

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NEWS FLASH

  • Andy's book, The Gambler Wife, named Finalist for 2022 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, for a "biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research."

  • The New York Times calls Andy's book, The Gambler Wife, "gut-wrenching," and the Times Literary Supplement calls it "a much needed act of justice" and "profoundly entertaining." 

  • Books Behind Bars tops the list of courses from around the world featured in international education expert Ken Bain’s Super Courses: The Future of Teaching and Learning.

Andrew on the Today Show

Andrew on PBS

Andrew's TEDx Talk

Andrew on CSPAN Book TV

BOOKS BEHIND BARS

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Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership is an internationally recognized program that brings together incarcerated youth and university students and transforms both groups through the power of conversation about great Russian literature. READ MORE

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SPEAKING

Andrew Kaufman is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator available to speak on:

Making Social Change and Combatting Mass Incarceration in and out of the Classroom 
The Five Critical Skills Students Need to Create Social Change 

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