Alas, we’ll never know how close Denis Johnson’s spare, evocative Train Dreams came to winning the Pulitzer for fiction this year. But that doesn’t mean the National Book Award–winning author of Tree of Smoke and the masterful story collection Jesus’ Son doesn’t deserve a grand toast at tonight’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary event at BAM. Pull up a chair for a buffet dinner, wine, and live music in the BAMcafé after which Johnson will perform a scene with actor Will Patton from his forthcoming book of plays Soul of a Whore and Purvis: Two Plays in Verse. Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor of The New Yorker, will moderate the discussion about his creative process (and, perhaps, that indecisive Pulitzer committee).

Thu., June 21, 6:30 p.m., 2012

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