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Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe, 2015

Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Raise a glass and share a meal with some of today’s most renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé. Each event begins with a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, accompanied by live music. Following dinner, 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.

All events begin at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete parties are not permitted to save seats.

Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation.

National Book Foundation
The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.

Moderators: Lorin Stein and Deborah Treisman

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FEATURED ARTISTS:


Dinaw Mengestu imageDinaw Mengestu

Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

The acclaimed author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children discusses his work with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Ethiopian-born writer Dinaw Mengestu is the author of the novels How to Read the Air, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, and All Our Names. He has contributed writing to Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s, among other publications, and is the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 Award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in New York City and teaches at Brooklyn College and Georgetown University.

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Tiphanie Yanique imageTiphanie Yanique

Tue, Mar 3, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Caribbean-born writer Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, and, most recently, the novel Land of Love and Drowning. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Boston Review Prize in Fiction, an Academy of American Poet’s Prize, and, in 2010, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award. A former Fulbright scholar, Yanique is an assistant professor at The New School and splits her time between Brooklyn and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

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Michael Cunningham imageMichael Cunningham

Wed, Mar 11, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels The Snow Queen, A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, Specimen Days, By Nightfall, and the PEN/Faulkner and Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Hours, which was adapted into a major motion picture. He also penned the non-fiction work Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown and is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Cunningham lives in New York and teaches writing at Yale University.

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Lydia Davis imageLydia Davis

Wed, Mar 18, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Lydia Davis is the author of a novel, The End of the Story, and six short story collections, including The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories; Break It Down, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the National Book Award; and the collection Can’t and Won’t (2014). The recipient of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, awarded for an entire body of work, Davis is also a Guggenheim fellow and MacArthur genius grant winner. She has translated numerous authors from French, including works by Proust, Flaubert, Foucault, and Blanchot, and teaches at the University at Albany.

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Chris Ware imageChris Ware

Tue, Apr 21, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Chris Ware is the author of the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which was named as one of the top 10 books of 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, Time Magazine and The New York Times. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Ware has also appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, McSweeney's, This American Life and the Whitney Biennial of American Art, as well as in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife and daughter.

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Joseph O'Neill image Joseph O'Neill

Wed, Apr 29, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Irish-born writer Joseph O’Neill is the author of the novels This Is The Life, The Breezes, the PEN/Faulnker Award-winning Netherland, and, most recently, The Dog, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and Warwick Prize for Writing. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, O’Neill has also contributed to The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Harper’s, and authored the non-fiction work and New York Times notable book Blood-Dark Track: A Family History. He lives in New York and teaches at Bard College.

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Jane SmileyJane Smiley

Tue, Jun 2, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Jane Smiley is author of more than a dozen books, including A Thousand Acres, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award; the novels The Greenlanders, and A Good Horse; the novella The Age of Grief; and the non-fiction work Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Her most recent novel, Some Luck, was long-listed for the 2014 National Book Awards. Smiley lives in northern California.

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Rachel Kushner imageRachel Kushner

Wed, Jun 10, 2015, 6:30pm

LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé
RUN TIME: 2hrs
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $48—51
SINGLE TICKET PRICE: $60

Moderated by Lorin Stein

Rachel Kushner is author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and selected as one of The New York Times' top five novels of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, making her the only writer ever nominated for both a first and second novel. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Paris Review, among other publications. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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