A list of upcoming readings at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Nathan Englander tomorrow night:
Dear Friends and Fans of Greenlight,
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!)
Best, Greenlight Bookstore
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 Outis
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.
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.
Book Launch: Nathan Englander presents kaddish.com
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 kaddish.com. 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.
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.
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.
Book Launch: Melissa Rivero presentsThe 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.
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.
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.
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 Behind, a
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".
In his new book Losing Earth, Nathaniel 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.
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 Spectators. With 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.
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 Grass. John 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.
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).
* 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
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
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
Special musical story time in PLG!
Saturday, March 23, 11:30 AM
Mary Spencer Knapp presents The Nightingale: A Musical Show
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
Saturday, March 23:
Love Yourself Love Each Other
FG event details
PLG event details
Saturday, March 30: Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams
I’ve been a schoolteacher. Right after college in 1969, like a lot of guys, I taught school as an alternative to serving in Vietnam. I was married with a week-old daughter on graduation day. I taught grade school English in Cleveland, Ohio for six years. After that, I ran, eventually owned, a longstanding bookstore in downtown Cleveland. It felt something like Three Lives in the West Village. I went on to found an alternative weekly paper like the Voice, also in Cleveland. It lasted 12 years. Twenty-one years ago I moved here, armed with an idea and a prototype for a national book magazine. Like a Rolling Stone for books. I never raised the huge amount of money I needed. I then worked for a media company, editing a couple of neighborhood weeklies, more than once using my editor’s space to talk about city kids and reading. Between the editorial jobs, I taught English for a year here in Manhattan at a Catholic boys’ high school with mostly minority kids. I was terrible at discipline. But sometimes when we found a book or a story we liked, it all came together.