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Podcast from Eat, Drink & Be Literary:
Dinner and a Reading in BAMcafé

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Recorded on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:30pm
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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. George Saunder's reads from "Sea Oak," which can be found in his short story collection Pastoralia. A Q&A session with moderator Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience follows, where Saunders discusses (among other things) the writers place in the political landscape, why he writes short stories versus novels, and the truthfulness found in fiction.

The featured author and moderator is:

George Saunders
January 17, 6:30pm

"Saunders' finest gift is a high note no one can hit very often, which is to construct a story of absurdist satire, then locate within it a moment of searing humanity."
—The Boston Globe

"The best thing about being a writer is that, when you say you're a writer, nobody expects you to be able to function normally."—George Saunders
A MacArthur Fellow, George Saunders is the author of the short story collections Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and In Persuasion Nation, which was one of three finalists for the 2006 Story Prize for best short story collection of the year. His most recent book is The Braindead Megaphone, a collection of essays. Widely translated and anthologized, Saunders currently teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Aoibheann Sweeney, moderator

Aoibheann Sweeney is the Director of the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has written book reviews for publications such as The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post Book World. Her first novel, Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking, was published this year.


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