Immigrant Writing Series

In 2017 Greenlight launches a new Immigrant Writing Series, featuring literary events with a focus on the voices and experiences of immigrants. Events take place in our bookstore locations, and encompass a range of literary genres and event formats. Past authors include Ian Bassingthwaighte on Iraqi refugees in Egypt, Thi Bui on her family's journey to the U.S. from Vietnam, Mohsin Hamid with a fantastical novel of global immigration, Lisa Ko's novel of undocumented Chinese immigrants robbed of their American-born children, Valeria Luiselli with a nonfiction account of Central American refugee children in New York, and Deepak Unnikrishnan on the "guest workers" of the Persian Gulf.  Events are free and open to the public.

“We live in a country and in a borough that was built by and thrives because of its immigrants,” says Greenlight’s co-owner Rebecca Fitting. “We wanted to create this reading series because it's vital that as a community and culture, our world view stays broad, open, supportive and wide. Reading fiction and stories is an important way of exposing ourselves to the lives and emotions of other people. Nonfiction provides history and facts, but fiction weaves empathy into the mix and allows us to view things from perspectives, cultures and worlds other than our own.”

Next event in this series:

Fort Greene store:
Thursday, January 18, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Elena Georgiou presents The Immigrant’s Refrigerator
In conversation with Aaron Zimmerman
Co-presented by New York Writers Coalition
Part of Greenlight’s Immigrant Writing Series
Wine reception to follow

Lambda Literary Award winner Elena Georgiou launches her debut short story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, as part of Greenlight’s ongoing Immigrant Writing Series focused on the voices and experiences of immigrants. Populated with a cast of characters who shine a light on what it means to be an outsider in the early part of the 21st century, these stories take the reader into the lives of those who have entered a country legally, others who were forced to enter illegally, and the rest who call a country home because of the geography of birth. Timely and vibrant, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator guides readers in a search for a future that will not only be a place of refuge, but also of hope. Georgiou discusses her work in conversation with Aaron Zimmerman, founder of the NY Writers Coalition. A wine reception follows to celebrate the book’s launch.


Titles from past events in this series:

Live from Cairo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501146879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 11th, 2017

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
ISBN: 9781419718779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 7th, 2017

Exit West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212176
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

The Leavers Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
ISBN: 9781616206888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - May 2nd, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Temporary People Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632061423
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368008389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kingswell - September 5th, 2017