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Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe, 2016


Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation
Feb 16—Jun 8, 2016
Raise a glass and share a meal with today’s most renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé. Each event begins with a dinner featuring a seasonal menu devised by Great Performances with James Beard and local Brooklyn chefs — plus dessert, wine, and live music. Then the evening’s featured author reads from his or her work and discusses the creative process. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and have their book signed at the conclusion of the evening.
Moderators: Alexander Chee, Lorin Stein, and Deborah Treisman

FEATURED authors:


Marlon James

Marlon James

SOLd out

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Jamaican-born novelist Marlon James is the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women and John Crow's Devil, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. James lives in Minneapolis.

 

Eileen MylesEileen Myles

Tue, Mar 1, 2016
6:30pm

Moderated by Alexander Chee

Celebrated poet and essayist Eileen Myles has written 19 books, including the recent collection I Must Be Living Twice and the 1994 autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls, which was reissued this year. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers' Grant, a Lambda Literary Award, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing 2015, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, The Nation, and The Paris Review. Myles divides her time between Marfa, Texas, and New York.

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Darryl PinckneyDarryl Pinckney

Tue, Mar 15, 2016
6:30pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Darryl Pinckney is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is the author of the forthcoming novel Black Deutschland; High Cotton, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy; and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. Pinckney has worked with the director Robert Wilson on several theatrical projects and he is a recipient of the Harold D. Vursell Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Pinckney lives in Harlem with his partner, the English poet James Fenton, and is currently at work on a collection of essays about African-American literature in the 20th century.

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Zadie SmithZadie Smith

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Tue, Mar 22, 2016
6:30pm

Moderated by Lorin Stein

London-born novelist Zadie Smith is the author of NW, which was named one of The New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2012”; On Beauty, which won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction; The Autograph Man; and the 2009 essay collection Changing My Mind. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, won the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Smith writes regularly for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books and is currently a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.

 

YiYun LiYiyun Li

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Chinese-American fiction writer Yiyun Li is the author of The Vagrants, Kinder Than Solitude, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. Her debut short story collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award, among other accolades. She is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur genius grant and was named among The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Li is a contributing editor at A Public Space and teaches at the University of California, Davis.

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Karl Ove KnausgaardKarl Ove Knausgaard

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Mon, Apr 25, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of the six-volume, New York Times-bestselling autobiographical series My Struggle, which has been translated into more than 15 languages. My Struggle: Book One was a New Yorker Book of the Year, Book Two was listed among The Wall Street Journal’s 2013 Books of the Year, and Book Three was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Knausgaard is also the author of the novels Out of the World and A Time for Everything. He lives in Sweden with his wife and four children.

 

Sally MannSally Mann

SOLd out

Tue, May 3, 2016
6:30pm

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Sally Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers, best known for her evocative landscape work in the American South and intimate portraits of her family, collected in Immediate Family, Still Time, What Remains, and At Twelve. Her recent memoir Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs chronicles, in prose and images, her family history. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery and the Edwynn Houk Gallery, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Bill CleggBill Clegg

Wed, Jun 8, 2016
6:30pm

Moderated by Rebecca Mead

Bill Clegg is the author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. His debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and the 2015 National Book Award. Clegg is a literary agent in New York City. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, New York, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar.

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