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

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Recorded on April 3. 2008 at 6:30pm
(48 mb, 59 minutes 51 seconds)

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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. Shalom Auslander reads from his memoir, Foreskin's Lament, followed by a Q&A session with moderator, Harold Augenbraum and the audience. Auslander discusses the abuse of religious authority he experienced as a child and how that informs his current professional and personal life and why he chose memior and not fiction to tell his story.

The featured author and moderator is:

Shalom Auslander

"...[an] extraordinary collection, which has an energy, a precision and a deep black humour I haven't seen in a long time."—The Guardian (UK) on Beware of God: Stories

"I think I'm fairly serious with things I think are funny because it's so important that they come out right. The frustration, of course, is that people say, 'Oh, it's a funny book.' They don't realize that you've been busy doing something.
"—Shalom Auslander

Shalom Auslander is the author of Foreskin's Lament, which Time magazine has called "one of the best memoirs of the year." His first book was the critically-acclaimed short story collection Beware of God. Nominated for the Koret Award for Writers Under 35, Auslander has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life.

Harold Augenbraum

Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, founder of the Proust Society of America, and editor of the forthcoming Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, has also written about and taught U.S. Latino literature and Asian American literature.

Eat, Drink & Be Literary is sponsored by Bloomberg.

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