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, Junot Diaz, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greil Marcus, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Marie Ponsot, 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

Spring 2017 Season Events

Monday, February 6, 7:30 PM
John Darnielle presents Universal Harvester
In conversation with Donna Tartt
Tickets $28 (includes event admission and book)

John Darnielle, the musician behind the band the Mountain Goats, is also an acclaimed novelist: his first novel Wolf in White Van was nominated for the National Book Award, as well as being a New York Times bestseller. In his new novel Universal Harvester, life in a small Iowa town in the late 1990s takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. Darnielle discusses his work with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Book signing to follow. Each $28 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Universal Harvester; books are distributed at the event.

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Saturday, April 8, 6:00 PM
Chris Hayes presents A Colony in a Nation
In conversation with Wesley Lowery
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

In his new book, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, policing resembles occupation. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution? Hayes talks about the deep racial inequalities in America’s approach to justice with fellow journalist Wesley Lowery, whose 2016 book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement. Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of A Colony in a Nation; books are distributed at the event. Chris Hayes and Wesley Lowery will sign books following the discussion.

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Friday, May 5, 7:30 PM
Gabourey Sidibe presents This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
In conversation with Lena Dunham
Tickets $28 (includes seat and book)

Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legion of fans—skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious, based on Sapphire’s novel Push. In her new memoir, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. Sidibe explores her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life, her first job as a phone sex “talker,” and her unconventional rise to fame as a movie star, with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, race, and weight. At tonight’s event Sidibe screens the trailer for her directorial debut, The Tale of Four, and talks about her work on stage with celebrated fellow actor, writer and director Lena Dunham.  Book signing to follow.Each $28 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of This Is Just My Face; books are distributed at the event. Gabourey Sidibe will sign books following the discussion.

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Saturday, May 6, 7:00 PM
PEN World Voices presents
Pen vs. Sword: Satire vs. the State
Featuring Mo Rocca, Abdourahman Waberi, Aleksandar Hemon, Masha Gessen
Moderated by Elissa Schappell
Tickets $10 (includes seat only)

Founded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in America, and the only one in the world with a human rights focus. The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival takes play May 1-7, 2017 at venues throughout New York City, and will use the lenses of literature and the arts to confront new challenges to free expression and human rights—issues that have been core to PEN America’s mission since its founding. At Saturday’s panel discussion at St. Joseph’s College, Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning’s correspondent and journalist), Djiboutian novelist Abdourahman Waberi, Bosnian-born novelist Aleksandar Hemon, Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, and others discuss state powers that often out-satirize fiction. Each $10 ticket benefits PEN America. Books by featured authors will be offered for sale at the event, and all authors will sign books following the discussion.

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Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 PM
Teju Cole presents Blind Spot
Tickets free (RSVP required to reserve seat)

From Teju Cole, the New York Times Magazine photography critic and award-winning novelist and essayist, comes Blind Spot, an innovative photographic project that explores how we see the world. From the shadow of a tree in upstate New York, to a hotel room in Switzerland, to a young stranger in the Congo, readers follow Teju Cole's inimitable artistic vision into the visual realm, as he continues to refine the voice and intellectual obsessions that have earned him such acclaim for his fiction and commentary. In more than 150 pairs of images and surprising, lyrical text, Cole explores his complex relationship to the visual world through his two great passions of writing and photography, creating a testament to the art of seeing by one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature. Greenlight is proud to welcome Cole back to St. Joseph's for a reading, visual presentation and discussion, followed by a book signing. This event is free, but seating is limited. Copies of Blind Spot will be offered for sale at 20% off at the event only.

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Future events - check back for details and tickets:

Thursday, September 14: Karl Ove Knausgaard presents Autumn

October 2: Jeffrey Eugenides presents Fresh Complaint: Stories


* 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.