Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 PM
Fort Greene Nonfiction Book Group discusses A Small Place
At Greene Grape Annex
Led by Greenlight bookseller Nick, our nonfiction book group in Fort Greene reads and discusses the most fascinating topics in nonfiction, both classic and contemporary, with seasonal themes covering a variety of genres. For October, the group discusses Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in her native Antigua. "If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him – why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ." So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.
Greene Grape Annex is located at 753 Fulton Street, across the street from the bookstore. Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.