Love From BAM Reading List

A message from Greenlight's programming partners at BAM:

While BAM's spaces are dark as we mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we strive to connect virtually with our audiences and to celebrate the incredible authors who have graced our stages. Through our Love From BAM programming, we're revisiting some literary moments in the BAM Hamm Archives. Through our different series and partnerships, these conversations have explored questions of craft along with some of the critical issues facing society today as they engage with an author’s career, a new release, or thematic investigation. For those times when you find yourself craving an off-line moment, we invite you to engage directly with the work of the authors featured. We hope you'll support both Greenlight and the authors by purchasing titles on the list below. Be sure to check back for new additions.

To view related discussions, visit bam.org/lovefrombam


 

As If by Chance Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780571357796
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 21st, 2020

In this self-described "work of memory", Lan weaves together his childhood in South Africa, his transformation of the Young Vic into a world-class theater, and his collaboration with artists from around the world on A View from the BridgeA Man of Good HopeYermaThe JungleThe Inheritance, and so many more.

Part of Unbound, co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

Ilya Kaminsky’s astonishing parable in poems asks us, What is silence? Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest.  At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, presented in partnership by BAM and the National Book Foundation


How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316491372
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Published: Orbit - August 13th, 2019

Three-time Hugo Award winner and New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

Part of Unbound, co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America. Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Part of Unbound, co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434818
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Published: Vintage - May 1st, 2018

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent. Braiding together the lives of a diverse cast of characters who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope, here Arundhati Roy reinvents what a novel can do and can be.

Part of Unbound, co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and deja vu, and a time of wars over bodies and power.

Part of Unbound, co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore


Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear-both here and back home.

Part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, presented in partnership by BAM and the National Book Foundation


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend.

Part of Coming Out and Of Age, presented by BAM at the Brooklyn Book Festival

 


Patsy: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631495632
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Published: Liveright - June 4th, 2019

A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home.

Part of Coming Out and Of Age, presented by BAM at the Brooklyn Book Festival


There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735214224
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2019

If to live as we are is destroying us, There Will Be No Miracles Here asks, what would it mean to truly live? Intense, incantatory, shot through with sly humor and quiet fury, Gerald’s memoir inspires us to question--even shatter--and reimagine our most cherished myths.

Part of Coming Out and Of Age, presented by BAM at the Brooklyn Book Festival


Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635574760
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida.

Part of Coming Out and Of Age, presented by BAM at the Brooklyn Book Festival