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Eat. Drink & Be Literary:
Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe

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A unique series for sophisticated writers, readers, and eaters, Eat, Drink & Be Literary brings major contemporary authors to BAMcafé for intimate dinners, entertaining readings, and engaging discussions. Evenings begin at 6:30pm with a sumptuous buffet prepared by BAMcafé’s acclaimed executive chef, Tim Sullivan, served with select wines provided by Pine Ridge Winery and accompanied by live music. Following dinner, authors read from and are interviewed about their work, take questions from the audience, and sign books to conclude an evening of candid glimpses into the creative process and the rich writings it yields.



LOUISE ERDRICH
Thu, Jan 15 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney

"Erdrich's great strength lies in her ability to inhabit, with utter conviction, the characters on either side of the culture gap, not to mention those caught in the wide no-man's-land between." —The New York Times

"English is...a big, gobbling, greedy, thorny language, and a gift
to writers because it absorbs all corners and yet retains its most
ancient self."
—Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling novels, poems, and short story collections, including Love Medicine, The Master Butchers Singing Club, The Porcupine Year, and her most recent novel, The Plague of Doves. A member and descendant of the Chippewa nation, Erdrich is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O. Henry Award, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978­—2008 will be published in January 2009.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The January 15 menu includes:

  • Hot pretzels with Dijon mustard
  • German potato salad
  • Romaine and cucumber salad with marinated herring with sour cream
  • Weiner schnitzel with braised red cabbage and spaetzle
  • Bratwurst with sauerkraut and apple sauce
  • Petits fours

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening, enjoy a performance by Rufus Cappadocia on five-string cello.

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Photo Credit: Louise Erdrich by Persia Erdrich


NATHAN ENGLANDER
Thu, Jan 22 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker

"Daring, funny, exuberant...[a] powerful mixture of allegory and quotidian detail" —The New York Times on For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

"Often people hypothesize other writers as an author’s main influences, but it's always struck me that a donut shop or a girl band or a fourthgrade crush might be far more influential; who or what are your real influences? Or what do you wish they were?" —Nathan Englander

New York native Nathan Englander is the author of the international best-selling short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and, most recently, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. A Guggenheim Fellow and contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, Englander is also a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and was selected as one of "20 Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The January 22 menu includes:

  • Tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa
  • Cannellini bean, red onion, and arugula salad with balsamic-lime vinaigrette
  • Artichoke, Portobello mushroom, and potato casserole
  • Roast salmon on a bed on rice pilaf
  • Herb grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce
  • Fruit salad

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening, enjoy a performance by Di Wu on piano.

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Photo Credit: Nathan Englander by Elena Seibert


ART SPIEGELMAN
Thu, Feb 5 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker

"A quiet triumph, moving and simple—impossible to describe accurately, and impossible to achieve in any medium but comics." —The Washington Post on Maus

"I have spent a lot of time soul searching and still come out on the same side of the equation. If there's a right to make cartoons, there has to be a right to insult, and if there's no right to make cartoons, well, I'm in big trouble." —Art Spiegelman

Art Spielgelman is the creator of several critically-acclaimed comic books, including the best-selling In the Shadow of No Towers, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust narrative Maus. Widely published in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, he has continued to be a singular force in reviving critical interest in the comic book genre. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow, and was recently inducted into the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. His most recent book is Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate.

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening, enjoy a performance by Kirsten Agresta on harp.

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Photo Credit: Art Speigelman by Nadja Spiegelman


JIMMY BRESLIN
Thu, Feb 19 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker

"...a sense of history, a sense of humor, and an angry impatience with those swollen with power and self-importance [have] made him the city's steadiest and most accurate chronicler." —The Village Voice

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers." —Jimmy Breslin

New York native Jimmy Breslin is a long-time investigative journalist, columnist, and author of over twenty books, including The Church That Forgot Christ, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, and the biography of newsman/writer Damon Runyon, Damon Runyon: A Life. The recipient of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Breslin has also received the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting in honor of his work in Newsday. His most recent book is The Good Rat: A True Story.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The February 19 menu includes:

  • Chef selection of mezze served with toasted pita
  • Fattoush salad with romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, mint, radish, and red onion served with sumac dressing
  • Baked kibbeh with lebna dipping sauce
  • Shrimp baqiyah (paella)
  • Baklava and fruit salad

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening, enjoy a performance by Glenn White on tenor saxophone, Roberta Piket on piano, and Gary Wang on bass.

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Photo Credit: Jimmy Breslin by Matthew Roberts


A.M. HOMES
Thu, Mar 12 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney

"Fierce and eloquent." —The New York Times Book Review on The Mistress's Daughter

"I'm a fiction writer. I'm a big, fat liar. [It's all] about figuring out what's accurate for the people you're writing about, not what’s accurate for you. You can write what you know for about an hour and a half—then it's over."
—A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes has authored numerous works, including the novels
This Book Will Save Your Life and Music for Torching; the short story collection Things You Should Know; the recent memoir The Mistress's Daughter; and various pieces in Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and McSweeney's. A Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Homes was a writer/producer for the hit Showtime original series The L Word, and is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb, and The Blind Spot.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The March 12 menu includes:

  • Irish soda bread with honey whipped butter
  • Baby mizuna salad with jicama, carrots, cucumber, and golden raisins served with lemon and garlic cream
  • Corn beef and cabbage
  • Boiled potatoes and carrots
  • Baked salmon filet over Dublin coddle
  • Petits fours and fruit salad
MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening, enjoy a performance by Carl Riehl on piano.

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Photo Credit: A.M. Homes by Marion Ettinger


GERMAINE GREER
Thu, Apr 2 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Katha Pollitt

"...the ultimate Trojan Horse, gorgeous and witty, built to penetrate the seemingly unassailable fortress of patriarchy and let the rest of us foot soldiers in." —Time Magazine

"I think happiness comes from being un-self-conscious—just forgetting about yourself. It's the most important thing you can do. You just become a pair of eyes. And if you're really looking, then there's endless astonishment and delight to be had." —Germaine Greer

Australian-born writer, broadcaster, and academic, German Greer is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of our time. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970, turning her into a household name overnight and bringing her both adulation and criticism. Her most recent book Shakespeare's Wife is a bold new take on the usual portrait of Ann Hathaway and her marriage to Shakespeare.

Greer received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967 with a thesis on Shakespeare's early comedies, and she has taught at universities in Australia, Britain, and the United States. In 1986 she was invited to contribute to Oxford University Press's prestigious Past Masters volume on Shakespeare. In 1989 she set up her own publishing imprint, Stump Cross Books, and went on to publish scholarly editions of Katherine Philips and Anne Wharton. She is currently completing an online edition of the complete works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea. She lives in Northwest Essex with two dogs, thirteen geese, and a fluctuating number of doves.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The April 2 menu includes:

  • Biscuits with honey butter
  • Baby mixed green salad with breakfast radish, cucumbers, and tomatoes with shallot and herb vinaigrette
  • Poached asparagus and egg with wild mushrooms and frissee
  • Fish and chips with herbs and caper tartar sauce
  • Pot roast in a Dijon mustard demi-glace with potatoes and carrots

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening enjoy a performance by
Mathew Zalkind on cello and Evan Shinners on piano.

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Photo credit: Germaine Greer by Jonathn Ring


RICHARD PRICE
Thu, Apr 23 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney

"He depicts his characters' daily lives with such energy, such nuance and such keen psychological radar that he makes it all come alive to the reader—a visceral, heart-thumping portrait of New York City." —The New York Times on Lush Life

"...storytelling is an elaborate way of expressing affection by giving a piece of yourself to someone...It's sort of offering yourself up in some metaphorical way. It's trying to make the impossibly inarticulate somehow articulate." —Richard Price

A renowned chronicler of urban life, Richard Price has authored seven novels, including The Wanderers, Clockers, and most recently, Lush Life. In addition, he is an accomplished screenwriter whose credits include Mad Dog and Glory and the Oscar-winning screenplay for the film The Color of Money. In 1999, Price received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was most recently honored with the 2007 Edgar Award for his work on the HBO original series The Wire.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The April 23 menu includes:

  • Garlic bread
  • Mixed green salad with artichokes, tomatoes, and cucumbers served with creamy Italian vinaigrette
  • Chicken parmesan with spaghetti and meatballs
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Eggplant rollatini
  • Petits fours and fruit salad

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening enjoy a performance by
Mattias Jacobsson on guitar.

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Photo credit: Richard Price by Ralph Gibson


 

Saturday, April 25, 11:30am—2pm
BAMfamily Book Brunch
Writing Magic: Gail Carson Levine

The sensational author behind the Newbery Honor Award-winning Ella Enchanted, The Wish, and the Princess Tales series, Gail Carson Levine, comes to BAM for the annual BAMfamily Book Brunch. Levine's spellbinding children's and 'tween fiction has enraptured young readers, and now her recent nonfiction has encouraged kids to take up the pen themselves.

After a buffet of kid-friendly foods and drinks accompanied by live music, Gail Carson Levine will read from and discuss Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly—the hit how-to for young writers—and the acclaimed novel Dave at Night, about a Jewish orphan's adventures during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s (ALA Notable Children's Book and ALA Best Book for Young Adults). The event will conclude with an audience Q&A and a book signing.

Recommended age level: 8 to 12 years.
BAMcafé
$22 for adults; $17 for children 15 and under (includes brunch, tax, and tip)
Music: Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz will perform jazz and klezmer music during brunch.

Purchase tickets: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=768


HA JIN
Thu, May 7 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney

"Reading [Ha Jin] is almost like falling in love: you experience anxiety, profound self-consciousness, and an uncomfortable sensitivity to the world—and somehow it's a pleasure." —The New Yorker

"I think the ultimate goal for a piece of literature is to transcend time to some degree, not to vacate it but to go through it—to see past it to what is essential to the characters." —Ha Jin

Ha Jin is the author of several works, including the poetry collections Between Silences and Facing Shadows; the award-winning short fiction collections Ocean of Words and Under the Red Flag; and the recent novel Waiting, winner of both the National Book and PEN/Faulkner Awards for fiction. Widely anthologized, Jin earned his PhD in English from Brandeis University in 1993, and is currently professor in English at Boston University. His most recent novel, A Free Life, is just out from Vintage Books.

MENU
Before each reading, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and select wines from Pine Ridge along with musical accompaniment. Acclaimed executive chef Tim Sullivan and restaurateur Great Performances prepare a cuisine from around the world for each event guaranteeing mouth-watering creations for every palate. The May 7 menu includes:

  • Vegetable spring rolls with Julienne carrots, daikon, and radish served with ginger-soy vinaigrette
  • Miso-glazed rice noodle salad with carrots, jicama, daikon, peppers, edamame, and crushed nuts
  • Chicken and broccoli with steamed rice
  • Plum wine-glazed salmon with peppers, onions, and water chestnuts
  • Petits fours and fruit salad

MUSIC
During the dinner portion of the evening enjoy a performance by Donald Vega on piano with Jason Stewart on bass.

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Photo credit: Ha Jin by Jerry Bauer

 

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MODERATORS
Daniel Menaker
Daniel Menaker began his twenty-six-year career at The New Yorker as a fact checker in l969, and seven years later became an editor specializing in fiction. In l995, he went to Random House as Senior Editor. In 2001, he became Executive Editor at HarperCollins, returning to Random House in 2003 as Editor-in-Chief of the Random House Publishing Group. He is also the author of two books of short stories and a novel, The Treatment.

Katha Pollitt
Katha Pollitt is a columnist at The Nation, and the author, most recently, of Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first collection of poetry, Antarctic Traveller, as well as two National Magazine Awards for her essays and criticism. Her new collection of poetry, The Mind-Body Problem, will be published by Random House in June.

Aoibheann Sweeney
Aoibheann Sweeney is the Executive 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 in 2007 and won the Lambda Literary Award.

 


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