Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe
Jan 29—May 28, 2014

Eat, Drink & Be LiteraryRaise a glass and share a meal with some of today’s most renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé (Lepercq Space). Each event begins with a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, accompanied by live music. Following dinner, the evening’s featured author reads from his/her work and discusses the creative process. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and have their book signed at the conclusion of the evening. 

(BAM Images Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan,)

Video from the 2014 Eat, Drink & Be Literary Events

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Salman Rushdie reading

Salman Rushdie Q&A

Alice McDermott reading

Alice McDermott Q&A

Jeffrey Eugenides reading

Jeffrey Eugenides Q&A

NoViolet Bulawayo reading

NoViolet Bulawayo Q&A

Chang-rae Lee reading

Chang-rae Lee Q&A

Daniel Alarcón reading

Daniel Alarcón Q&A

Alison Bechdel reading

Alison Bechdel Q&A

Meg Wolitzer reading

Meg Wolitzer Q&A


Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie's imageWed, Jan 29, 2014

The acclaimed author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children discusses his work with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

 Moderated by Deborah Treisman

"In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling." —The New Yorker

Salman Rushdie is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, and Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker. Rushdie has also received the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, among other awards, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the president of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped create, and was knighted for services to literature. Rushdie’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages. He lives in Manhattan.


Alice McDermott

Shortlisted for this year's National Book Awards for Fiction

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 Alice McDermott image

The National Book Award-winning writer McDermott delves into her latest novel, Someone, among others, with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

"McDermott writes the most exquisitely perceptive and atmospheric fiction published today…she nets the totality of human consciousness."—Booklist

Alice McDermott is the National Book Award-winning author of After This, Child of My Heart, Charming Billy, At Weddings and Wakes, and, most recently, Someone (which was shortlisted for this year's National Book Awards for Fiction). Her short stories and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Ms., The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. McDermott is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and lives with her family outside Washington, DC.


Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides imageWed, Feb 26, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex, Eugenides talks with The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman about his latest work, The Marriage Plot, among others.

Moderated by Ben Greenman

"A towering achievement. . .[Eugenides] has emerged as the great American writer that many of us suspected him of being."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review on Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of Middlesex, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Virgin Suicides; and most recently, The Marriage Plot. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and teaches creative writing at Princeton University. His work has been translated into 35 languages.

NoViolet Bulawayo

2013 5 Under 35 Honoree

NoViolet Bulawayo imageWed, Mar 19, 2014

Winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and a shortlist author for the Booker Prize, Bulawayo comes to BAM to discuss her acclaimed first novel, We Need New Names.

Moderated by Ben Greenman

"…not just a stunning piece of literary craftsmanship but a novel that helps elucidate today’s world."
—The Telegraph (UK) on We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She is the author of We Need New Names, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her work has been published in Boston Review, Callaloo, Newsweek, and various anthologies. She won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and in 2013 she was selected as one of “5 under 35” by the National Book Awards. Bulawayo is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Chang-rae Lee

Chang-Rae Lee imageWed, Apr 9, 2014

The author of Native Speaker reads from and discusses his work with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

" …not just a graceful writer but a deft and original thinker about the vagaries of assimilation."—The New York Times Book Review

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel, On Such a Full Sea, will be released in January 2014. Lee teaches writing at Princeton University.


Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcon imageWed, Apr 23, 2014

The author of Lost City Radio comes to BAM to discuss and read from his new work At Night We Walk in Circles. The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman moderates.

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

"… a book of extraordinary power by a writer… whose own endless invention and sense of colour are already second to none." —The Guardian (UK) on Lost City Radio

Daniel Alarcón is the author of War by Candlelight, Lost City Radio (which made the year-end “best of” lists of the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post), and most recently, At Night We Walk in Circles. Alarcón is a co-founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, and his writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s. He was one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” and one of Granta’s "Best Young American Novelists." He lives in San Francisco.


Alison Bechdel

Alison BechdelWed, May 14, 2014

The acclaimed cartoonist and author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother? discusses her work with The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman.

Moderated by Ben Greenman

"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? She also wrote and drew the popular comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Bechdel was 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.


Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer imageWed, May 28, 2014

The author of nine novels, including The Wife and, most recently, The Interestings, comes to BAM to read from and discuss her work.

Moderated by Ben Greenman

"…the book of the moment, the novel you should really read, if you haven’t already."—The Atlantic Wire on The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer is the author of nine novels, including The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, and, most recently, The Interestings. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Wolitzer has taught creative writing at The Iowa Writers Workshop, Skidmore College, and SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. In the fall of 2013, along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, Wolitzer was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University.

Illustrations by Nathan Gelgud


Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, Celebrity Chekhov, The Slippage, and Mo Meta Blues, with Questlove. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

Deborah Treisman

Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor at The New Yorker. She is the host of that publication’s award-winning fiction podcast, the editor of the anthology 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker, and the recipient of the 2012 Maxwell Perkins Award for Distinguished Contribution to Fiction.