2011 Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe

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. Each evening begins with a sumptuous buffet prepared by BAMcafé’s acclaimed executive chef, Tim Sullivan, served with select wines 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. The event begins at 6:30pm; doors open at 6pm.

Eat, Drink & Be Literary is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Arts.

Featured events:

Elizabeth Strout

Thu, Jan 27 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Elizabeth Strout is the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for her novel Olive Kitteridge. She is also the author of two previous novels: Abide With Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker. She was raised in small towns in New Hampshire and Maine and currently lives in New York City.

 

Edmund White


Thu, Feb 10 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Michael Greenberg

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An esteemed novelist and cultural critic, Edmund White is the author of many books, including the autobiographical novel A Boy’s Own Story; a biography of poet Arthur Rimbaud; a previous memoir, My Lives, and most recently, City Boy. White lives in New York City and teaches writing at Princeton University.

Jennifer Egan

Thu, Mar 31 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Deborah Treisman

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Jennifer Egan has published short stories in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, and McSweeney's. Her first novel, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995 and was released as a movie starring Cameron Diaz in 2001. Her second novel, Look at Me, was a National Book Award finalist in 2001, and her third, The Keep, was a national bestseller. Her latest book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won critical acclaim “as a brilliant, all-absorbing novel” (All Things Considered). Also a journalist, Egan has written many cover stories for The New York Times Magazine on topics ranging from young fashion models to the secret online lives of closeted gay teens. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her 2008 story on bipolar children won an Outstanding Media Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Ann Beattie

Thu, Apr 7 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Deborah Treisman

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Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award collections and in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. In a review of her most recent novella, Walks with Men, Jay McInerney described Beattie as “a national treasure” (The New York Times Book Review). She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Key West, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thu, Apr 14 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Michael Greenberg

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into 30 languages and has appeared in various publications, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003, The New Yorker, Granta, Financial Times, and Zoetrope. Her novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Broadband Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her latest book is a story collection called The Thing Around Your Neck. She is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and was selected as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

 

Colum McCann

Thu, Apr 28 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Colum McCann is The New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin, which won the 2009 National Book Award. He is also the bestselling author of the novels Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed short story collections. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and The Paris Review, he lives in New York City.


Edward Albee

Thu, May 5 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Michael Greenberg

Edward Albee is the author of 30 plays, including The Zoo Story; The Sandbox; The American Dream; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; A Delicate Balance; The Lady from Dubuque; Three Tall Women; The Play About the Baby; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; At Home at the Zoo; and Me, Myself and I. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and president of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. He has won three Pulitzer Prizes, four Tony Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.


Cristina García

Thu, May 12 at 6:30pm
Moderated by Michael Greenberg

Cristina García is the author of five novels: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel, just published by Scribner. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was recently published by Akashic Books.

García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. She is the former artistic director for the Centrum Writers Exchange in Port Townsend, Washington and has taught literature and writing at numerous universities. Recently, Garcia was a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. She is also delighted to announce that she has accepted a permanent position with Texas Tech University as Professor of Creative Writing and will teach there every spring semester starting in 2011. Next fall, Garcia will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami.

MODERATORS:

Michael Greenberg

Columnist, Times Literary Supplement (UK)

A native New Yorker, Michael Greenberg has been a columnist for The Times Literary Supplement of London since 2003. Greenberg’s fiction and essays have appeared in such varied places as The New York Review of Books; O, The Oprah Magazine; Bomb; The Village Voice; The New York Times; and Boston Review. Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life was published by Other Press in September 2009. Greenberg’s memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine, was published by Other Press in 2008 and has been sold in 17 countries around the world. Greenberg lives in New York.

Deborah Treisman

Fiction Editor, The New Yorker

Deborah Treisman joined The New Yorker’s fiction department at 27, serving as the deputy fiction editor from 1997 to 2002 and becoming fiction editor in 2003. Prior to her time at The New Yorker, Treisman was a member of the editorial staffs of Grand Street, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The Threepenny Review.

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