Recorded on Thursday,
March 8, 2007
Time: 53 minutes 43 seconds
What you will hear:
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.
There is a brief introduction
by Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National
Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards.
Kurt Andersen then reads from his novel Heyday,
an interview follows by moderator Jessica Hagedorn.
Andersen talks about his life as a radio personality,
journalist, and novelist. He discusses why he decided
to expand from nonfiction/journalism to fiction, and
explains his interest in Victorian New York.
The featured author and moderator is:
| Photo: Brigitte
Wed, May 30 at 6:30pm
New York is depicted in exuberant detail. One of
the best things about Heyday is Andersen's
refusal to surrender to sentiment. Andersen's novel
is a major historical work, of lore and wisdom, irony
and humor — the kind of historical novel that
has always been the most satisfying to read."—THE
LOS ANGELES TIMES ON HEYDAY
"[Research] was the most blissful professional
thing I have ever done in my life..It was work, but
with none of the anxiety of actually writing. Just
pulling all of these little nuggets and immersing
myself in a world sufficiently to believe that I could
replicate a version of it."—KURT
Accomplished in a range of media, Kurt Andersen is
a bestselling author, the host and co-creator of the
Peabody Award-winning radio show Studio 360,
and a columnist for New York Magazine. His
new novel Heyday will be published in March
2007. He lives in New York City.
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.
Books discussed during
the event include:
Eat, Drink & Be Literary
is sponsored by Bloomberg.