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

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Recorded on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6:30pm
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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. Peter Carey reads from his novel, His Illegal Self, followed by a Q&A session with moderator, Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience. Carey discusses the difficulty of writing American characters as an Australian, how class figures into his work, the difference between the U.S. and Australian class system, and how he begins work on a novel.

The featured author and moderator is:

Peter Carey

"Let me be entirely clear about this: Theft: A Love Story is a novel that will get right up your nose...It is a rudely brilliant, infuriatingly beautiful, belligerently profane work of art."—The Guardian (UK)

"My fictional project has always been the invention or discovery of my own country. Looked at in this way, Great Expectations is not only a great work of English literature; it is (to an Australian) also a way in which the English have colonized our ways of seeing ourselves...Jack Maggs is an attempt to break open the prison and to imaginatively reconcile with the jailer."—Peter Carey

A two-time Man Booker Prize winner, Australian-born Peter Carey is the author of several books, including Oscar and Lucinda (1998) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001). He has taught writing at NYU, Columbia University, and The New School, and currently directs the MFA program at Hunter College.

Aoibheann Sweeney, moderator

Aoibheann Sweeney is the Director of the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has written book reviews for publications such as The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post Book World. Her first novel, Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking, was published this year.

Eat, Drink & Be Literary is sponsored by Bloomberg.

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