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Podcast from Eat, Drink & Be Literary:
Dinner and a Reading in BAMcafé

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Recorded on Thursday, January 11, 2007
Time: 53 minutes 59 seconds
43.3 MB

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What you will hear:
A unique series for sophisticated writers, readers, and eaters, Eat, Drink & Be Literary continues the momentum of the past two sell-out series, bringing major contemporary authors to BAMcafé for intimate dinners, readings, and discussions that are always entertaining and engaging.

There is a brief introduction by Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. Francine Prose then reads from her new book Reading Like A Writer, an interview follows by moderator Brigid Hughes. Prose talks candidly about her teaching style, the issues that inform her work and gives insight into how her style of reading has influenced her writing. An audience Q&A complete the podcast.

Photo: Lisa Yuskavage
The featured author and moderator is:

Francine Prose

"Prose masterfully meditates on how quality reading informs great writing, which will warm the cold, jaded hearts of even the most frustrated, unappreciated and unpublished writers."

"Too often students are being taught to read as if literature were some kind of ethics class or civics class—or worse, some kind of self-help manual. In fact, the important thing is the way the writer uses the language. I think there are writers who would be read more—and, conversely, writers who would never be read at all—if people actually looked at how well or how badly they wrote."—FRANCINE PROSE

A distinguished critic, essayist, and novelist, Francine Prose is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the recent non- fiction book Reading Like a Writer. She has taught literature and writing at Harvard, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, Bard College and The New School. Prose lives in New York City.

Photo: Tobias Everke

Brigid Hughes, moderator

Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space, a journal of literature and culture based in Brooklyn. She worked at The Paris Review for many years, succeeding George Plimpton as editor in 2003; she left the magazine in 2005. The debut issue of A Public Space was published in March 2006.


Books discussed during the event include:

Reading Like A Writer Blue Angel Caravaggio A Changed Man The Lives of the Muses
More information about A Public Space can be found on their website at


Eat, Drink & Be Literary is sponsored by Bloomberg.

Francine Prose's books are currently available at your local library or for sale through most major retailers, including:

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