Monday, March 25, 2019

A list of upcoming readings at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Nathan Englander tomorrow night:

Dear Friends and Fans of Greenlight,

Does your brain need a little post-winter exercise?  Greenlight has you covered, with fiction and nonfiction writers in conversation that will make those listless neurons sit up and take notice.  

In the coming weeks, you can learn and engage with issues including gentrification (Randy Shaw), faith and the internet (Nathan Englander), cities and the future (Seth Fried), immigrant experiences (Melissa Ko), black style (LaTonya Yvette), black motherhood (Dani McClain), grief and journalism (Erin Lee Carr), climate change (Nathaniel Rich), historical narratives of oppression (John Keene), '90s talk shows and the '80s AIDS crisis (Jennifer duBois), and the poetry of Brooklyn (Jessica Greenbaum).  And our book groups are a great way to exercise your conversation muscles too.

Got some little ones who need some excitement too?  We've got Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney signing books at the store on April 11 (get your tickets now)! And we welcome kids of all ages to Story Time for even more engagement with great authors and good neighbors.  

We'll see you in the bookstore this spring!  (And get ready for Bookstore Day, just around the corner!)  

Greenlight Bookstore
All Greenlight Bookstore events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.  RSVPs via Facebook are appreciated, but seating is first come, first served (except for ticketed events).  Click here for directions to our bookstore locations. Directions to offsite event locations are provided with each event.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Monday, March 25, 7:30 PM 
Randy Shaw presents Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America

Generation Priced Out is a call to action on one of the most talked-about issues of our time: how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. Housing activist and author Randy Shaw tells the powerful stories of tenants, politicians, homeowner groups, developers, and activists in over a dozen cities impacted by the national housing crisis, and challenges progressive cities to reverse rising economic and racial inequality.  

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 PM 
Book Launch: Katharine Duckett presents Miranda in Milan
In conversation with Kaila Hale-Stern

Katharine Duckett joins us at Greenlight to celebrate the launch of her debut novella, which reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare's The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling. Duckett presents her book in conversation with Kaila Hale-Stern, senior editor of the online publication The Mary Sue.

Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Nathan Englander presents
In conversation with Colson Whitehead
Wine reception to follow

Greenlight welcomes our neighbor and friend, author and Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander, to launch his brilliant new comic novel It's a story of atonement; of spiritual redemption; and of the soul-sickening temptations of the internet, which, like God, is everywhere. Englander discusses his book with his friend and fellow author Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad.

Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 PM
William Bryant Logan presents Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees
In conversation with Marie Howe

In this journey from the English fens to Spain, Japan, and California, Brooklyn-based arborist William Bryant Logan rediscovers what was once an everyday ecology. He offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit, and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach.  Logan, a Greenlight neighbor who also manages the trees at our neighbor St. Joseph's College, presents his book in conversation with former poet laureate of New York Marie Howe.

Fort Greene store:
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 PM
Seth Fried presents The Municipalists
In conversation with Benjamin Samuel

Seth Fried's new novel follows an unlikely pair of lonely outsiders -- one human, one AI -- on an adventure to save the great American city of Metropolis. The Municipalists is a thrilling, funny, and touching adventure story, a tour-de-force of imagination that trenchantly explores our relationships to the cities around us and the technologies guiding us into the future. Fried presents his book in conversation with Benjamin Samuel, co-founder of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading.
Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Melissa Rivero presents The Affairs of the Falcóns
In conversation with Lisa Ko

Greenlight hosts the launch of Melissa Rivero's highly anticipated debut novel The Affairs of the Falcóns as part of Greenlight's ongoing Immigrant Writing Series. The Affairs of the Falcóns is a beautiful, deeply urgent novel about the lengths one woman is willing to go to build a new life, and a vivid rendering of the American immigrant experience. Melissa Rivero presents her book in conversation with fellow novelist Lisa Ko.

Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: LaTonya Yvette presents Woman of Color
In conversation with Julee Wilson

Greenlight is excited to host blogger and stylist LaTonya Yvette for the launch of her debut book Woman of Color: part memoir, part lifestyle guide -- packed with moving essays, gorgeous original and archival photographs, and practical style and beauty advice. At the very heart, the book is about LaTonya's experience growing up as a woman of color in Brooklyn. LaTonya discusses her book at Greenlight with Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Director at Essence Magazine.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Dani McClain presents We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood
In conversation with Collier Meyerson

Reporter and strategist Dani McClain joins us at Greenlight to present her new book We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. McClain, a first-time mother, sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust, even hostile society. McClain presents her book with a reading and conversation with journalist Collier Meyerson.

Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Erin Lee Carr presents All That You Leave Behind
In conversation with Brian Stelter

Greenlight welcomes acclaimed documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr to launch her new memoir, All That You Leave Behinda poignant coming-of-age story that offers a raw and honest glimpse into the multilayered relationship between a daughter and a father. Erin presents her book in conversation with Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of "Reliable Sources".

Offsite (Brooklyn Public Library):
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Nathaniel Rich presents Losing Earth
In conversation with 
David Leonhardt
Part of BPL Presents
Free with RSVP

In his new book Losing EarthNathaniel Rich expands on his groundbreaking full-issue feature "When We Almost Stopped Climate Change" in the New York Times Magazine. It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it's truly too late. Rich presents his book in conversation with New York Times columnist David Leonhardt, followed by a book signing.
RSVP through BPL (required to attend)
Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 PM
Jennifer duBois presents The Spectators
In conversation with Karan Mahajan

National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Author and PEN/Hemingway finalist Jennifer DuBois joins us at Greenlight to discuss her highly anticipated new novel The SpectatorsWith wit, heart, and crackling intelligence, The Spectators examines the human capacity for reinvention and forces us to ask ourselves what we choose to look at and why. duBois presents her novel in conversation with novelist, essayist, and critic Karan Mahajan.

Offsite (LIU Kumble Theater):
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM
John Keene presents the annual Paumanok Lecture

LIU Brooklyn's "Starting from Paumanok" lecture series in American culture and literature, hosted by the English Department annually since 1983, takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem that first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of GrassJohn Keene is a fiction writer exploring the ways in which historical narratives shape contemporary lives while re-envisioning these narratives from the perspectives of those whose voices have been suppressed.  He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and the Whiting Foundation Prize for fiction. Keene will sign books following the lecture, which is free and open to the public. 

Please RSVP at
Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Thursday, April 11, 4:30 PM
Book Signing: Jeff Kinney presents Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Tickets $16 (book included; admits 1 kid + 1 adult)

Jeff Kinney, the #1 bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, comes to Greenlight for a special signing for his brand-new book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal!  Get tickets now to meet the iconic (and very friendly) author at our store!

Each $16.00 ticket includes admits one child and one adult to the book signing, and includes a hardcover copy of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid. Additional books by Jeff Kinney will be available for sale on site, and Jeff will sign all Diary of a Wimpy Kid books purchased at the event (not books brought from home).

Purchase book only (no ticket)
* Signed copies available, though books cannot be personalized.  Request "signed copy" in the order comments.
Fort Greene store:
Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM
Jessica Greenbaum presents Spilled and Gone
With Jason Koo and D. Nurkse

Greenlight neighbor Jessica Greenbaum joins fellow Brooklyn poets Jason Koo and D. Nurkse for a celebration of her new book. Fellow poet Grace Schulman writes "In Spilled and Gone... Greenbaum envisions a Brooklyn that is real and a Brooklyn that is everywhere... Whatever she entertains-a storm-struck tree, an outdoor concert, her immigrant grandparents, a food truck in Grand Army Plaza-her subject is enlivened by keen observation, a fresh mind, and a vivid sense of place that makes me want to be there, with her, in her world." 

Looking Ahead:
Both store locations
Saturday, April 27, all day
Independent Bookstore Day!

Greenlight joins bookstores across the city and across the nation in celebrating the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27! 

With special items for sale and activities throughout the day, the bookstore is where you'll want to be all day long! 

Find details at, and follow @bookstoreday on social media for updates!

Upcoming Book Groups at Greenlight 
Tuesdays in Fort Greene
Wednesdays in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Greenlight hosts book groups at both of our store locations.  Admission is free and open to all, and there's always a great discussion! See below for featured book group selections and upcoming meeting dates in February, and feel free to contact the group leaders with questions or to RSVP. Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.

Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 PM
Fort Greene Young Readers Book Group 
discusses A Single Shard
by Linda Sue Park
Led by Sarah

Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 PM
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Young Readers Book Group
discusses The Thing About Jellyfish 
by Ali Benjamin
Led by Wynne

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30pm
Fort Greene Graphic Novel Book Group discusses Yellow Negro and Other Imaginary Creatures
Led by Nicholas N.
March Kids Events at Greenlight 
Bookseller Story Time
11:30 AM Every Sunday at Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Neighborhood families are invited to join the booksellers of Greenlight for story time every Sunday morning! Greenlight staff choose their favorite read-alouds to share with the youngest booklovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites. Join us for a great morning in the bookstore!

Special musical story time in PLG!
Saturday, March 23, 11:30 AM
Mary Spencer Knapp presents The Nightingale: A Musical Show
Co-hosted by PLG Arts
RSVP on Facebook (optional)

Author Story Time
11:30 AM Every Saturday at Fort Greene
1:30 PM Every Saturday at Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Authors and illustrators of picture books visit both Greenlight locations on Saturdays to present their new books with readings and art. There are always great stories, activities and crafts! February's authors engage with both Black History Month and Valentine's Day.  Ages 3 to 8. 

Saturday, March 23:
Geoffrey Davis 
Love Yourself Love Each Other
FG event details
PLG event details

Saturday, March 30: 
Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams 
Hibernate with Me

Saturday, April 6: 
Mike Perry
Astro Baby

Saturday, April 13: 
Scott Brundage
The First Men Who Went to the Moon
PLG event details
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