Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie At BAM

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Her work has been translated into 30
languages and has appeared in various publications, including The O. Henry Prize
Stories 2003, The New Yorker, Granta, Financial Times, and Zoetrope.

[Literature]

Seventh-annual literary-dining series features distinguished writers Elizabeth Strout, Edmund White, Jennifer Egan, Ann Beattie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Colum McCann, Edward Albee, and Cristina García.

Featuring two authors from The New York Times' "The 10 Best Books of 2010" list, and following the success of six previous sold-out seasons, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Book Awards are pleased to once again present Eat, Drink & Be Literary. Beginning in January and running through May 2011 at BAMcafé, the series features leading contemporary authors reading from their work and discussing their process. These events offer literary devotees-writers and readers alike-the chance to socialize and enjoy a delicious meal before the readings in an informal setting that encourages discourse and an
appreciation of exceptional writing.

The events begin at 6:30pm with live music and wine followed by a buffet dinner presented by restaurateur Great Performances. The literary program features authors reading from their works, followed by a discussion with the moderator, a Q&A with the audience, and book signing. Shakespeare & Co. will provide books for purchase.

Tickets for Eat, Drink & Be Literary (evenings with Elizabeth Strout and Edward Albee are sold out) are available by calling BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or by visiting BAM.org. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the BAM Box Office,
Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue.

Tickets are $50 which includes admission to the reading, dinner, wine, tax, and tip. Purchase tickets for five or more Eat, Drink & Be Literary events to save 20%.

April 14: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author Michael Greenberg, Moderator. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into 30 languages and has appeared in various publications, including The O. Henry Prize
Stories 2003, The New Yorker, Granta, Financial Times, and Zoetrope. Her novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Broadband Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Her latest book is a story collection called The Thing Around Your Neck. She is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and was selected as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40." She divides her time between the United States and
Nigeria.

Dinner music by jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki
Moderators: Michael Greenberg

A native New Yorker, Michael Greenberg has been a columnist for The Times Literary Supplement of London since 2003. Greenberg's fiction and essays have appeared in such varied places as The New York Review of Books; O, The Oprah Magazine; Bomb; The Village Voice; The New York Times; and Boston Review. Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's
Life was published by Other Press in September 2009. Greenberg's memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine, was published by Other Press in 2008 and has been sold in 17 countries around the world. He lives in New York.

Deborah Treisman: Deborah Treisman joined The New Yorker's fiction department at age 27, serving as deputy fiction editor from 1997 to 2002, becoming the department's fiction editor in 2003. Prior to her time at The New Yorker, Treisman was a member of the editorial staffs of Grand Street, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, and The Threepenny Review.

BAM collaborates with The Juilliard School on the musical portion of the program. The following professional artists are also Juilliard students:

Jan 27- Tanya Gabrielian
Mar 31- Kim Mai Nguyen and cellist Avery Waite
Apr 14- Miles Okazaki
Apr 28- Meta Weiss and pianist Emely Phelps
May 5- Kris Bowers and Patrick Cornelius

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