The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast captures the unique voices and conversations of our many book events, featuring some of today's most exciting authors.

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Episode 26: Light the Dark (October 17, 2017)
Editor Joe Fassler leads a panel of brilliant writers -- Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), and Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams) -- in a discussion expanding the themes of his anthology Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process


Episode 25: Jessica Bruder (September 26, 2017)
Journalist Jessica Bruder celebrated the launch of her new book Nomadland, an immersive narrative of the time Bruder spent with the new nomadic communities of older, low-income Americans who can no longer afford to retire, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning fellow journalist Dale Maharidge


Episode 24: Karl Ove Knausgaard (September 14, 2017)
Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the internationally acclaimed My Struggle series, discussed Autumn, the first in his new quartet of books, with fellow author Kita Kitamura as part of the Bookends series surrounding the Brooklyn Book Festival.


Episode 23: Nathan Englander (September 6, 2017)
Award-winning author (and Greenlight neighbor) Nathan Englander talked about his new novel, a literary thriller set amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with his friend Jonathan Safran Foer.


Episode 22: Jesmyn Ward (September 5, 2017)
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward talked with fellow author Ayana Mathis about Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward’s beautiful, searing new novel of a haunted rural south.


Episode 21: Teju Cole (June 14, 2017)
Teju Cole launched his fourth book Blind Spot in conversation with Ben Lerner(Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04); the two brilliant novelist/essayists delved into a wide range of issues surrounding the creation of art, in particular photography and text.


Episode 20: Hala Alyan (May 4, 2017)
Palestinian-American poet and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan talked with novelist Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing) about her debut novel Salt Houses, a story of family, displacement, and diaspora catalyzed by Israel’s Six Day War.


Episode 19: Chris Hayes (April 8, 2017)
Beloved MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes discusses his book on the origins and effects of the deeply entrenched racism in America's criminal justice system, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, with a wide-ranging and passionate audience Q&A.


Episode 18: Álvaro Enrigue (February 16, 2017)
Internationally acclaimed Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue discusses his genre-bending novel Sudden Death with Garth Risk Hallberg, bestselling author of the novel City on Fire and columnist for The Millions.


Episode 17: Marie Ponsot (October 4, 2016)
Poetry world luminaries celebrate the publication of Marie Ponsot's Collected Poems with readings and impressions of the great writer, followed by a reading by the 95-year-old poet herself.


Episode 16: Jeff Chang (September 22, 2016)
Jeff Chang (Who We Be, Can't Stop Won't Stop) discusses his book We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation with journalists Rebecca Carroll and Nikole Hannah-Jones.


Episode 15: Ann Patchett (September 13, 2016)
Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder, etc.) launches her seventh novel, Commonwealth, in conversation with J. Courtney Sullivan.



Episode 14: Teju Cole (August 9, 2016)
Teju Cole (Open City, Every Day is for the Thief) launches his new essay collection, Known and Strange Things, in conversation with Amitava Kumar.


Episode 13: Khaled Hosseini (December 30, 2014)
Khaled Housseini (The Kite Runner) uses the release of his latest, And The Mountains Echoed, to discuss east and west, war and peace, and everything in the middle. Plus two excellent graphic novels, one old and one new. 


Episode 12: Alexi Zentner (December 2, 2014)
Alexi Zentner (Touch) talks to friend and fellow novelist Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife) about Shakespeare, shellfish, and his newest novel, The Lobster Kings. Also, Denis Johnson's heart of darkness, and getting cosmic with Italo Calvino. 


Episode 11: Luke B. Goebels (November 18, 2014)
The intense and soulful Luke B. Goebel talks about his debut novel Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours with Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Also, Bryan Stevenson on justice and redemption and Merritt Teague on sex, drugs, and the soup du jour. 


Episode 10: Damon Galgut (November 4, 2014)
Damon Galgut (In a Strange Room) speaks about his latest – Arctic Summer, a fictionalization of E.M. Forster’s life while writing A Passage to India. Also, new poetry from Saeed Jones, and Atul Gawande on what we talk about when we talk about dying .


Episode 9: Ghost Stories (October 27, 2014)
Happy Halloween! In this bonus mini-episode, David Mitchell and John Freeman tell each other ghost stories. S'mores not included.


Episode 8: Emily St. John Mandel (October 20, 2014)
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, sits down with fellow author Emma Straub to talk about the craft of writing, the vicissitudes of publishing, and the how her particular dystopian vision was influenced by survivalist blogs, King Lear, and Calvin and Hobbes. Also, reviews of Lila by Marilynne Robinson, and Splash State by Todd Colby.


Episode 7: David Mitchell (October 1, 2014)
David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream) on his new novel, The Bone Clocks, his illicit dreams of Amsterdam, and why Optimism is probably the best choice – in conversation with John Freeman (How to Read a Novelist). Also: exciting new reissues from Wakefield Press and a second look at Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.


Episode 6: Jack Livings (September 15, 2014)
Brigid Hughes (A Public Space, The Paris Review) speaks to Jack Livings about his debut collection of stories, The Dog, as well as the agonies and ecstasies of obsessive research and Tobias Wolff. Also – reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy and The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross.


Episode 5: Lev Grossman (September 2, 2014)
Levapalooza! Lev Grossman (The Magicians) assembles the Super Friends of Brooklyn-based fantasy and sci-fi authors to help launch his latest, the New York Times #1 Bestseller The Magician’s Land. Also: reviews of Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre and Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter. Special appearances by Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (The Delirium Trilogy), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), and Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible).


Episode 4: Tom Rachman (August 15, 2014)
Tom Rachman (The Imperfectionists) talks with Susan Kamil, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Random House and Dial Press, about his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, and why writing books is like flying with the Marx Brothers. Also: reviews of The Story of Land and Sea by Katie Simpson Smith and Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey; and new releases for August 15th – 30th, 2014.


Episode 3: Elizabeth Gilbert (August 4, 2014)
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) talks to Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) about her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, as well as the joys of being a grown-up and the independent will of ideas. Also: reviews of Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique and The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway, plus new releases for August 1st – 15th, 2014.


Episode 2: One Story Magazine 2014 Literary Debutantes (July 14, 2014)
We meet One Story Magazine’s 2014 Literary Debutantes, a collection of fiction writers who have published their first full-length books in the past year: James Scott (The Kept), Rachel Cantor (A Highly Unlikely Scenario), Ben Stroud (Byzantium), Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You), Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans), David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), and Amelia Kahaney (The Brokenhearted). Also – reviews of The Book of Unknown Americans, by Christina Henríquez, and The Log of the SS Mrs. Unguentine, by Stanley Crawford; and new releases for July 15th – July 31st, 2014.

Episode 1: Colum McCann (June 28, 2014)
In our debut episode: Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) in conversation with Phil Klay (Redeployment) about writing, war, and the shifting sands between fiction and reality. Also - reviews of The Vacationers by Emma Straub and Ideas of Heaven by Joan Silber, and new releases for early July 2014.


Episodes 1 - 13 of Greenlight's podcast were produced as The Greenlight Bookstore Radio Hour, a collaboration between Greenlight Bookstore and CitizenRacecar.  These episodes are hosted by CitizenRacecar's David Hoffman, a writer, musician, and media producer, a well as a lifelong lover and collector of books. David is a longtime friend and customer of Greenlight, and lives in New York City with his wife and son.