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

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Recorded on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
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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. Deborah Eisenberg reads from "Revenge of the Dinosaurs," which can be found in her short story collection Twilight of the Superheroes. A Q&A session with moderator (and former Eisenberg student) Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience follows, where Eisenberg discusses her writing and revision process, teaching writing at a college level, and the impact of moving to New York from the Midwest.

The featured author:

Deborah Eisenberg
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
February 7, 2008

"Simply put, there aren't many contemporary novels as shudderingly intimate and mordantly funny as Eisenberg's best stories, and her latest collection...should finally establish her as one of the most important fiction writers now at work."
—The New York Times on Twilight of the Superheroes

"You know how sometimes there's just a certain slant of sunlight, the fragrance of a certain flower, and a whole world will open up in your head? You think, 'What is that?' That's what I go for, an exploration of the signals that make you feel that way."—Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg has authored several short story collections, including Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, and most recently, Twilight of the Superheroes, all cited as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Eisenberg is a Guggenheim Fellow and currently teaches at the University of Virginia.Dinner music by Eric Kurimski, South American/jazz guitar.

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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