Recorded on April 3. 2008 at 6:30pm
(48 mb, 59 minutes 51 seconds)
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.
Shalom Auslander reads from his memoir, Foreskin's
Lament, followed by a Q&A session with moderator,
Harold Augenbraum and the audience. Auslander discusses
the abuse of religious authority he experienced as
a child and how that informs his current professional
and personal life and why he chose memior and not
fiction to tell his story.
The featured author and moderator is:
"...[an] extraordinary collection, which
has an energy, a precision and a deep black humour
I haven't seen in a long time."—The
Guardian (UK) on Beware of God: Stories
"I think I'm fairly serious with things
I think are funny because it's so important that
they come out right. The frustration, of course,
is that people say, 'Oh, it's a funny book.' They
don't realize that you've been busy doing something.
Shalom Auslander is the author of Foreskin's
Lament, which Time magazine has
called "one of the best memoirs of the year."
His first book was the critically-acclaimed short
story collection Beware of God. Nominated
for the Koret Award for Writers Under 35, Auslander
has written for The New Yorker and The
New York Times Magazine, and is a regular
contributor to Public Radio International's This
Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National
Book Foundation, founder of the Proust Society of
America, and editor of the forthcoming Collected
Poems of Marcel Proust, has also written about
and taught U.S. Latino literature and Asian American
Eat, Drink & Be Literary
is sponsored by Bloomberg.