Drink & Be Literary:
Dinner and a Reading in BAMcafé
Photo of Edward P. Jones by Scott Ellison Smith
A unique series for sophisticated writers, readers, and eaters, Eat, Drink & Be Literary continues the momentum of the past two sell-out series, bringing major contemporary authors to BAMcafé for intimate dinners, readings, and discussions that are always entertaining and engaging.
Events begin with a sumptuous buffet created by BAMcafé's acclaimed executive chef, Coleman Foster, with premium wine provided by Pine Ridge Winery; live acoustic music accompanies dinner. Following the performance and dinner, authors read from their work and are interviewed by a moderator, providing a forum for authors to talk candidly about the artistic and thematic issues that inform their work. An audience Q&A and a book signing complete the evening.
is the founding editor of A Public Space,
a journal of literature and culture based
in Brooklyn. She worked at The Paris Review
for many years, succeeding George Plimpton
as editor in 2003; she left the magazine
in 2005. The debut issue of A Public Space
was published in March 2006.
For tickets and information, www.bam.org.
Francine Prose, BAMcafé, Thu, Jan 11 at 6:30 pm
"Prose masterfully meditates on how quality reading informs great writing, which will warm the cold, jaded hearts of even the most frustrated, unappreciated and unpublished writers."—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY ON READING LIKE A WRITER
"Too often students are being taught to read as if literature were some kind of ethics class or civics class—or worse, some kind of self-help manual. In fact, the important thing is the way the writer uses the language. I think there are writers who would be read more—and, conversely, writers who would never be read at all—if people actually looked at how well or how badly they wrote."—FRANCINE PROSE
A distinguished critic, essayist, and novelist, Francine Prose is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the recent non- fiction book Reading Like a Writer. She has taught literature and writing at Harvard, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, and The New School. Prose lives in New York City.
Interviewed by Brigid Hughes.
Dinner music provided by äj, featuring singer-songwriters Andrea and James Rohlehr on flute and guitar.
Pete Hamill, BAMcafé, Thu, Jan 25 at 6:30pm
"Tough-minded, brimming with energy and unflinchingly honest."—THE NEW YORK TIMES ON A DRINKING LIFE
"I've been writing both fiction and nonfiction since the late 1960s. One personal key to getting the work done is The Nap. I take a nap every day, particularly after writing journalism. This gives me two mornings. Or so I've persuaded myself. And it allows me to leave the hard accuracy of fact and slide into the quite different sensibility demanded by fiction."—PETE HAMILL
Born in Brooklyn in 1935, Pete Hamill has an extensive background in journalism. In addition to his work as a journalist, he has received critical acclaim for his bestselling novels Snow in August and Forever, his memoirs, and his biographies.
Sold Out! Michael Cunnigham, BAMcafé, Thu, Feb 15 at 6:30pm
"There are certain principles by which fiction seems to work, and yet anything that's put forward as a principle for writing fiction has been dramatically contradicted by at least one great work of art. So we find ourselves in the funny position of having rules as vague guidelines and yet nothing, not one thing, that we can count on."—MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Michael Cunningham is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours. His novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, and Specimen Days have also received high acclaim. He lives in New York City.
Jonathan Franzen, BAMcafé, Thu, Mar 8 at 6:30pm
"Franzen is a writer with old-fashioned virtues: he loves witty wordplay; his command of detail in an enormous range of interests is unassailable; he has a painter's eye for depth and contrast; and he creates characters whose emotions reach us even when they are hidden from the people feeling them."—THE NEW YORK TIMES
"I think of art in general, and certainly of a novel, as being about various familiar forms and rituals. There's nothing really new to say about the human condition, and so every novel is kind of a ritual reenactment, or retelling, of familiar stories, which proceed along expected but somehow satisfying lines."—JONATHAN FRANZEN
Jonathan Franzen is the author of three novels, including The Corrections, which won the National Book Award; a collection of essays (How to Be Alone); and an autobiography (The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History). Franzen lives in New York City and Boulder Creek, California.
, Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers
Sat, May 5, 12—2pm
Bring the kids to this literary and musical jam session with the award-winning team of author Walter Dean Myers and his son, illustrator Christopher Myers. Their latest collaboration, Jazz, captures the history and spirit of this vibrant American art form through syncopated poetry and exuberant illustrations. The event starts off with a buffet of kid-friendly food and drink followed by a reading accompanied by live musical demonstration. The authors will discuss the history of jazz and the art of writing, display the original artwork, and explain how the illustrations were made. A question and answer session will be followed by a book signing.
Sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
Cynthia Ozick, BAMcafé, Thu, Apr 5 at 6:30pm
"Ozick is an ingenious and truly original writer whose complete control of her material contrasts marvelously with the hectic and layered events that seem to threaten chaos at every other moment in the novel."—CHICAGO TRIBUNE ON HEIR TO THE GLIMMERING WORLD
"Fiction is all risk, all discovery, all confidentiality-even secrecy. When I say secrecy, I mean not only the long, long immersion in privacy and isolation, and the wooing of phantoms out of the air, but those bodiless concealments and disclosures of language that lurk in certain turns of dialogue, or the turn of an eye, or a hand, or a shaft of sky."—CYNTHIA OZICK
Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous works of fiction including Heir to the Glimmering World, The Puttermesser Papers, and The Shawl. Her criticism includes Quarrel & Quandary, winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. She lives in New Rochelle, New York.
Interviewed by Brigid Hughes.
Born and raised
in the Philippines, Jessica Hagedorn moved
to the United States in her early teens.
Recipient of a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship
and a National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowship (among other
awards), her novels include The Gangster
of Love, Dogeaters, and
Dream Jungle. Her theater work
includes the stage adaptation of Dogeaters,
and her film work includes screenwriting
for Fresh Kill.