Presenter of the National Book Awards

Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe, 2017


Eat, Drink & Be LiteraryPresented in partnership with the National Book Foundation

Feb 12—Apr 5, 2017
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: Lorin Stein, and Deborah Treisman
Tickets go on sale January 5 for BAM Members and January 12 for the general public.

FEATURED authors:



Walter MosleyWalter Mosley

Moderated by Lorin Stein
Tue, Feb 21
Walter Mosley is the author of more than 50 critically acclaimed books and the winner of numerous awards, including a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement award. His iconic Easy Rawlins detective series celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with the publication of Charcoal Joe.

 

Maggie NelsonMaggie Nelson

Moderated by Lorin Stein
Thu, Mar 23
Genre-defying writer and 2016 MacArthur fellow Maggie Nelson works at the nexus of memoir, theory, poetry, and autobiography. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Argonauts, which won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and eight other books, including The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, and Jane: A Murder.

 

Jacqueline WoodsonJacqueline Woodson

Moderated by Deborah Treisman
Wed, Apr 5
Jacqueline Woodson’s New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming received the 2014 National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Award, and the NAACP Image Award. She is also the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, including If You Come Softly, The Other Side, and Miracle’s Boys. Her novel Another Brooklyn was a National Book Award finalist.

 

Ben LernerBen Lerner

Moderated by Deborah Treisman
Tue, May 2
Ben Lerner has been awarded fellowships from
the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur
Foundations, among other honors. He is the author
of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures,
Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path) and two novels
(Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). His latest
book is the monograph The Hatred of Poetry.

 

Claudia RankineClaudia Rankine

Moderated by Lorin Stein
Tue, May 9
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including the 2014 National Book Award finalist Citizen: An American Lyric. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and a 2016 MacArthur grant. She lives in New York City.

 

Elif BatumanElif Batuman

Moderated by Deborah Treisman
Wed, May 31
Elif Batuman is the author of the new novel The Idiot and the essay collection The Possessed, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Between 2010 and 2013, she was based in Istanbul and wrote about Turkey for The New Yorker, where she has been a contributor since 2006.