Brooklyn Voices: A Literary Series at St. Joseph's College

Greenlight Bookstore partners with St. Joseph's College to present the Brooklyn Voices series of literary presentations and discussions. Since 2012, the series has hosted luminary authors including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, John Darnielle, Junot Diaz, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Hayes, Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greil Marcus, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Marie Ponsot, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and others at Tuohy Hall, part of the college’s historic Pratt-designed Brooklyn campus.

St. Joseph's College, Tuohy Hall is located at 245 Clinton Avenue (between Dekalb and Willoughby).   Click here for directions

Fall 2017 Season Events

Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 PM
Nathan Englander presents Dinner at the Center of the Earth
In conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Nathan Englander – Pulitzer Prize finalist, best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and beloved Greenlight neighbor – is at the height of his powers with his new novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth. A political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a prisoner and his guard, the novel traces the intersecting lives of disparate characters to create a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become inextricably entwined. Englander discusses his book and the intersection of fiction and world events with fellow novelist Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Here I Am) at this evening’s event. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Dinner at the Center of the Earth; books are distributed at the event. Nathan Englander will sign books following the discussion (no limit on books per person).

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Thursday, September 14, 7:30 PM
Karl Ove Knausgaard presents Autumn
In conversation with Katie Kitamura
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard developed a passionate following of readers for his phenomenally successful My Struggle series. This fall he introduces a stunning new autobiographical quartet, a jewel-box encyclopedia of the world that builds in poignancy and intensity as the seasons change. The first short volume in this new series, Autumn, is comprised of letters written each day to his daughter Anne, beginning before her birth. The first installment in a year-long literary event, Autumn is a marvelously accessible introduction for those not familiar with Karl Ove Knausgaard’s earlier work, and a divine pleasure for his fans. Knausgaard talks about his work and his new project with novelist Katie Kitamura, author most recently of the acclaimed novel A Separation. Book signing to follow. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Autumn; books are distributed at the event. Karl Ove Knausgaard will sign and personalize books following the discussion (unlimited copies of Autumn and up to two backlist titles per person).  

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Monday, October 2, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Jeffrey Eugenides presents Fresh Complaint: Stories
In conversation with Ruth Franklin
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides launches his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint, displaying the beautiful writing and acute observation of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be American that make his bestselling novels so compelling. Packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, the stories range from the reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories), with characters including a failed poet who becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in the title story “Fresh Complaint,” a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist. Eugenides discusses his work with book critic and biographer Ruth Franklin (author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life) at this launch event. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Fresh Complaint; books are distributed at the event. Jeffrey Eugenides will sign and personalize books following the discussion (up to three books per person).

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Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 PM
Matt Taibbi presents I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
In conversation with Touré
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Rolling Stone journalist and bestselling author Matt Taibbi (called “one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power” by Senator Bernie Sanders) presents his newest book I Can’t Breathe, an immersive, riveting account of the infamous killing of Eric Garner on Staten Island by New York City police.  In compelling and unforgettable detail, the book introduces readers to Garner and his friends, family and rivals, traces the history of gentrification and policing as it intersects with Garner’s personal narrative, and offers the inside story of the crime, the grand jury, the media circus, and the protests from every side, including the roots of the Black Lives Matter movement. Taibbi discusses his latest book in conversation with writer, TV host, and Greenlight neighbor Touré, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of I Can’t Breathe; books are distributed at the event. Matt Taibbi will sign books following the discussion (no limit on books per person).

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* Can't make it to a Brooklyn Voices event? You can still order the book in the store or on our website and request signing or personalization; your book will be available for pickup or shipping following the event.  Note your signing or personalization request in the Order Comments field at checkout.