On Tue, May 29, we’re pleased to welcome Valeria Luiselli–the Mexico City-born author of Tell Me How the item Ends as well as The Story of My Teeth–to BAMcafé for our Eat, Drink & Be Literary series. For those of you who’ve never attended an EDBL before, we thought the item’d be helpful to provide a short overview of the program so you’ll know what to expect!
By Molly Silberberg
Picture being in your living room with your favorite author. today add a dinner prepared for you, plentiful wine, a guest list that will will be taken care of, as well as an elegant room requiring no clean up by you. Get yourself to BAMcafé for Eat, Drink & Be Literary as well as you’re set for the evening!
Eat, Drink & Be Literary will be not your average book event. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation, the series celebrates some of today’s leading authors in an intimate setting that will turns the private act of reading into a shared moment of gathering.
Come with your book group or fly solo. Whatever you choose, get ready for a communal experience. Chatting with strangers will be part of the fun—the item’s an evening to meet fellow lovers of books as well as be a part of a larger literary community.
If you’ve never experienced the event, here’s what to expect:
- Doors to BAMcafé (located on the second floor of the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue) open at 6pm. Seating for the event will be first-come, first-served. Most people arrive just before 6pm, although some arrive earlier if you see a line inside lobby; there truly isn’t a bad seat inside house. Once the doors open, take the escalator up to BAMcafé where you’ll find a seat at a communal table (which seat 4, 8, as well as 10 people) as well as grab a glass of wine. A duo or trio of musicians play throughout dinner until the program begins, creating an engaging ambience for discussion.
- At 6:30pm, the buffet opens, offering a vegetarian-friendly, seasonal menu created by Great Performances. Wine via Seghesio Family vineyards graces the tables, using a bar inside back of the room to replenish your glass. The menu for each event will be posted a week before the program on BAM’s website.
- At 7:15pm, dinner will be cleared as well as coffee as well as tea service eases you into the program. Arrive by 7pm at the latest to get your fill.
- At 7:30pm, the program begins. While the series can be a chance to engage with an author you know as well as love, the item will be also an opportunity to discover a brand-fresh voice. An introduction by the fiction editor of The fresh Yorker, Deborah Treisman, will situate the author in a larger cultural context. A brief reading by the author brings to life the unique rhythm as well as tone of their work. A dynamic conversation follows, examining the author’s newest writing, the range of their career, their craft, current preoccupations, as well as more. Finally, you’ll hold the opportunity to ask questions during the audience Q&A.
|Lorrie Moore signs books for guests at Eat, Drink as well as Be Literary on May 8. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
The evening wraps up around 8:30pm, when you’ll have a chance to purchase books via on-premise representatives of Greenlight Bookstore as well as have them personalized as well as signed by the author.
For more than a decade, audiences have come to share the evening with one another as well as with the authors who grace our stage. We wish you’ll join us.
Our final Eat, Drink & Be Literary event of the season happens next week, as well as tickets are still available. We wish you’ll join us!
Molly Silberberg will be Humanities Manager at BAM.
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