2012 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 ARTISTS:

Russell BanksRussell Banks

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Francine Prose

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“the most important living white male American on the official literary map, a writer ...whose books help and urge us to change.” —The Village Voice

A prolific writer of fiction, Russell Banks is the author of The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction—both of which were adapted into feature films—as well as The Darling, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Continental Drift, the recent Lost Memory of Skin, and others. His poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Harper’s, as well as in the collection Angel on the Roof. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ingram Merrill Award and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 

Tea ObrehtTéa Obreht

Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

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“Obreht is an expert at depicting history through aftermath, people through the love they inspire, and place through the stories that endure.” —Publishers Weekly

Born in the former Yugoslavia in 1985, Téa Obreht is the author of the “stunning” (The New York Times) National Book Award-nominated debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife. She has contributed stories to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and Best American Non-Required Reading collections. Obreht was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” and was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best fiction writers under 40.

 

Teju ColeTeju Cole

Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Francine Prose

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“His readers will be those who understand that all stories are interconnected, that literature is not mere entertainment, and that art is nothing if not an extended conversation spanning eras, nations and languages.” —The New York Times

Teju Cole is a Nigerian-American photographer and art historian, and the author of two critically acclaimed books: the novella Every Day is for the Thief, about a Lagos homecoming; and the novel Open City, about a Nigerian immigrant in Manhattan. He has contributed to numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Guardian. A professor and distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, Cole is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction work about Lagos.

 

Aleksandar HemonAleksandar Hemon

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

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“Hemon’s writing sometimes reminds one of Nabokov’s…yet the feat of his invention exceeds the Russian’s” —The New Yorker

Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, a series of stories about coming of age in Communist Sarajevo. He is a Guggenheim fellow as well as the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

 

Ann PatchettAnn Patchett

Thu, May 31, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Harold Augenbraum

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“Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.” —The New York Times Book review

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including the New York Times Notable Book The Patron Saint of Liars; The Magician’s Assistant; the Pen/Faulkner Award winner Bel Canto; Run; and, most recently, State of Wonder. She is also the author of the memoir Truth & Beauty, and has made numerous contributions to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and others. A Guggenheim fellow, Patchett was the editor of The Best American Short Stories 2006. Patchett’s work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

 

SapphireSapphire

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Harold Augenbraum

“unflinching in her exploration of ignorance and deprivation” —The Guardian

Sapphire is a poet, novelist, and performer whose work explores the experience of poverty and struggle in black America. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Push, which won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award and was the basis of the Academy Award winning motion picture Precious. She is also the author of The Kid, the recently released companion novel to Push, as well as the poetry collections American Dreams and Black Wings & Blind Angels.

 

Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat

Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

“She knows the dreams and hidden thoughts of her characters, and her readers. She takes us traveling down a river of blood. That river sings in our veins.” —Walter Mosley

An incisive chronicler of Haitian and West Indian experience, Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; the National Book Award finalist Krik? Krak!; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and several works for young adults. She has edited numerous essay and poetry collections, such as The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Haiti Noir, and The Best American Essays 2011. Danticat’s memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 National Book Award finalist. Her most recent work is the essay collection Create Dangerously.

 

Denis JohnsonDenis Johnson

Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

“a visionary angel, a Kerouac, or, better yet, a Blake, who has seen his demon and yearned for God and forged a language to contain them both” —Newsday

Denis Johnson is the author of several novels, including the National Book Award winner Tree of Smoke, The Name of the World, Already Dead: A California Gothic, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, and The Stars at Noon. He also penned the short story collection Jesus’ Son, the poetry collections The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, The Veil, and The Incognito Lounge, and the forthcoming book of plays Soul of a Whore and Purvis: Two Plays in Verse. Johnson is the recipient of a Lannan fellowship in fiction and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

 

MODERATORS:

Francine Prose

New York Times bestselling author

Francis Prose is the author of A Changed Man and the National Book Award finalist Blue Angel, as well as the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008.

 

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.

 

Harold AugenbraumHarold Augenbraum

Executive Director of the National Book Foundation

Harold Augenbraum is executive director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. He has published seven books on the Latino literature of the US, as well as translations of works by Proust, José Rizal, and others.

 

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