Eat, Drink, & Be Literary: John Edgar Wideman
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
30 Lafayette Ave.
718-636-4100 Price: $70 (Includes dinner, dessert, wine, and tax)
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John Edgar Wideman’s books include American Histories, Writing to Save a Life, Philadelphia Fire, Brothers and Keepers, Fatheralong, Hoop Roots, and Sent for You Yesterday. A MacArthur Fellow and two-time PEN/Faulkner Award winner, he has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award twice. The New York Times writes that Wideman “spins tales both true and untrue that overlap and accumulate, like 3-D printing, into tangible landscapes and characters.” His work, often autobiographical, speaks powerfully to questions and conversations of the moment, with a particular focus on the experience of black men in America. For several decades, he has worked to produce a distinguished and influential body of work that will resonate for years to come.