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

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Recorded on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 6:30pm
Time: 53 minutes 43 seconds
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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. Kurt Andersen then reads from his novel Heyday, an interview follows by moderator Jessica Hagedorn. Andersen talks about his life as a radio personality, journalist, and novelist. He discusses why he decided to expand from nonfiction/journalism to fiction, and explains his interest in Victorian New York.

Photo: Brigitte LaCombe
Photo: Marion Ettlinger
The featured author and moderator is:

Kurt Andersen
Wed, May 30 at 6:30pm

New York is depicted in exuberant detail. One of the best things about Heyday is Andersen's refusal to surrender to sentiment. Andersen's novel is a major historical work, of lore and wisdom, irony and humor — the kind of historical novel that has always been the most satisfying to read."—THE LOS ANGELES TIMES ON HEYDAY

"[Research] was the most blissful professional thing I have ever done in my life..It was work, but with none of the anxiety of actually writing. Just pulling all of these little nuggets and immersing myself in a world sufficiently to believe that I could replicate a version of it."—KURT ANDERSEN

Accomplished in a range of media, Kurt Andersen is a bestselling author, the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning radio show Studio 360, and a columnist for New York Magazine. His new novel Heyday will be published in March 2007. He lives in New York City.

Jessica Hagedorn, moderator

Born and raised in the Philippines, Jessica Hagedorn moved to the United States in her early teens. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (among other awards), her novels include The Gangster of Love, Dogeaters, and Dream Jungle. Her theater work includes the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, and her film work includes screenwriting for Fresh Kill.

Books discussed during the event include:

Bleak House, Charles Dickens The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald The Blithedale Romance, Nathaniel Hawthorne

North River,
Pete Hamill

Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art, Rene Steinke

Eat, Drink & Be Literary is sponsored by Bloomberg.

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