Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe
Jan 23—Jun 3, 2013

This unique literary series for savvy writers, readers, and eaters brings some of today’s most compelling authors to BAMcafé. Each event includes dinner, wine, and a reading by the evening’s featured author, followed by a discussion. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and have their books signed at the conclusion of the evening.

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FEATURED ARTISTS:

 

Martin Amis

Martin Amis
British author Martin Amis reads from and discusses his latest novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

“Mr. Amis is his generation’s top literary dog...You’re never out of reach of a sparkly phrase, stiletto metaphor or drop-dead insight into the human condition.” —The New York Times Book Review

Martin Amis is the author of 13 novels, including Money, London Fields, Time’s Arrow, The Information, The Pregnant Widow, and, most recently, Lionel Asbo: State of England. He is the author of the memoir Experience, two collections of short stories, and six books of nonfiction, including The Moronic Inferno, Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions, Koba the Dread, and The War Against Cliché. Amis has served as literary editor of The New Statesman and is a regular contributor to many newspapers and journals including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. He lives in Brooklyn.

> RELATED VIDEO: Martin Amis introduces Elmore Leonard, Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters recipient at the 2012 National Book Awards

 

Colson WhiteheadColson Whitehead

The Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor reads from and discusses his post-apocalyptic zombie novel, Zone One.

Wed, Feb 6, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

“A satirist so playful that you often don’t even feel his scalpel, Whitehead toys with the shards of contemporary culture with an infectious glee.” —The Daily Beast

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels John Henry Days, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize; Apex Hides the Hurt; the bestseller Sag Harbor, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and most recently, the post-apocalyptic zombie novel Zone One. He is also the author of the essay collection The Colossus of New York. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, and Granta. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Award. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Nell Freudenberger

Nell FreudenbergerThe acclaimed author of Lucky Girls reads from and discusses her most recent work, about a Bangladeshi Muslim woman whose online courtship leads to marriage in America.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Phillip Lopate

“In simple, elegant prose, she renders foreign landscapes with unsentimental precision.” —Vogue

Nell Freudenberger is the author of The Dissident, a novel about a Chinese performance artist in Los Angeles, and most recently, The Newlyweds, about a Bangladeshi Muslim woman whose online courtship leads to marriage in America. She is also the author of the short story collection Lucky Girls, which won the PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Freudenberger, a Guggenheim Fellow, was a recipient of a 2005 Whiting Award and was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” She lives in Brooklyn.

 

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica KincaidThe beloved author of At the Bottom of the River reads from and discusses See Now Then, her first novel in 10 years.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Phillip Lopate

“Kincaid writes with passion and conviction…a musical sense of language, a poet’s understanding of how politics and history, private and public events, overlap and blur.” —The New York Times

Born in Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid is the author of the memoir My Brother, which won the Prix Femina Etranger, and the works Annie John, Lucy, Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya, Mr. Potter, and The Autobiography of My Mother, which won the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. Kincaid’s short story collection At the Bottom of the River won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award and was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and The New Yorker, where she was a staff writer for 19 years.

 

Junot Díaz

Explicit: Language

Junot Díaz The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao reads from and discusses his critically acclaimed new collection of stories, This is How You Lose Her.

Wed, Apr 3, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

“His world explodes off the page into the canon of our literature and our hearts.” —Walter Mosley

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic. He is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; This is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist; and the critically acclaimed short story collection Drown. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, and numerous Best American Short Stories anthologies. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a PEN/O. Henry Award, among other accolades. Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Alison BechdelAlison Bechdel

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alison Bechdel will not be able to participate in this event. To learn how you can exchange or get a refund for your tickets, please visit www.bam.org/literary/2013/alison-bechdel.

The acclaimed author of the popular syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For discusses her recent graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

Wed, May 8, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Phillip Lopate

“As complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs…The book delivers lightning bolts of revelation.” —The New York Times Book Review on Are You My Mother?

Alison Bechdel is the author of two bestselling graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won an Eisner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Are You My Mother? For 25 years, she wrote and drew the popular comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life, queer and otherwise. Bechdel has also been an editor of the Best American Comics series and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Vermont.

 

Richard RussoRichard Russo

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls reads from and discusses his arresting new memoir, Elsewhere.

Wed, May 29, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Harold Augenbraum

“There is a big, wry heart beating at the center of Russo’s fiction” —The New Yorker

Richard Russo is the author of six novels: Mohawk, Bridge of Sighs, Nobody’s Fool, Straight Man, That Old Cape Magic, and Empire Falls, which earned him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and which he adapted for the award-winning HBO miniseries starring Ed Harris. Russo has written screenplays for numerous films, including Ice Harvest and Keeping Mum, and penned the short story collection The Whore’s Child and Other Stories, the novella Intervention, and the arresting memoir Elsewhere. He lives in Maine and Boston.

 

 

Keith Gessen and Masha Gessen

Keith and Masha Gessen

The Russian-born siblings Keith Gessen (All the Sad Young Literary Men) and Masha Gessen (The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin) discuss their work with Phillip Lopate.

Wed, Jun 5, 2013, 6:30pm
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
ALL TICKETS: $55 (includes dinner, wine, tax, and tip)
Doors open at 6pm

Moderated by Phillip Lopate

Keith Gessen is the editor-in-chief of n+1 and the author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men. He has written for Dissent, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books, and his short stories have been published in AGNI and the 2005 Best New American Voices collection. In 2008, Gessen was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for fiction. He lives in Brooklyn.

Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of several books, including Perfect Rigor, Blood Matters, and most recently, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. She has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Republic, and numerous other publications, and was recently appointed director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Russian service.

 

MODERATORS:

Harold Augenbraum

Harold Augenbraum is executive director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. He has published seven books on Latino literature of the United States. In 2012, the University of Texas Press published his co-translation of The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo, and in 2013, Penguin will publish his edition of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust.

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate is the author of a dozen books, including Waterfront, Portrait of My Body, Notes on Sontag, Getting Personal, and Being with Children, and a contributing author to BAM: The Complete Works. Lopate is a Guggenheim Fellow and the director of the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University.

Deborah Treisman

Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor at The New Yorker. She hosts the award-winning monthly New Yorker Fiction Podcast, and is the editor of 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker. She was the 2012 recipient of the Maxwell Perkins Award for her contribution to fiction.

For more information, visit www.bam.org.