Greenlight is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to host exciting authors in the grand lobby of the Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. These events take place after the library is closed to the public and require a ticket for admission. Past guests have included Junot Diaz, Cecile Richards, and Arundhati Roy,
The Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
Tickets or RSVPs are typically required for admission to all Brooklyn Public Library; some tickets include a copy of the book, distributed at the event. Click the "Buy Tickets" button below each event to reserve your seat through EventBrite. You can also use the "Add to Cart" buttons at the bottom of this page to purchase a book without attending an event; include any signing requests in the Order Comments field at checkout.
Fall 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Events
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 PM
Nadya Tolokonnikova presents Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism
Tickets $27 (book included)
Part of BPL Presents
Greenlight Bookstore is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to host revered international political activist and conceptual artist Nadya Tolokonnikova, founder of the art collective Pussy Riot, to present her new book Read & Riot. Tolokonnikova draws upon her own hard-won wisdom to share her core principles for opposing authoritarian leaders and governments that threaten to suppress individual rights and freedoms, cutting through the pessimism, fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness. the book is an empowering tool for civil disobedience that encourages us to question the status quo, reject the litany of injustices and not let apathy take hold, and above all, to make political action exciting, fun, and an integral part of our daily lives. Fusing punk and positivity to create a culture of protest that inspires and connects us, Read & Riot includes actions, suggestions, and resources for creating an empowered movement of resistance. Tolokonnikova presents her book with a talk, Q&A and book signing.
Each $27 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a signed hardcover copy of Read & Riot. Books are distributed at the event.
Saturday, October 13, 4:00 PM
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson present Carmela Full of Wishes
Part of BPL Presents
Join Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, the award-winning duo behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street for a special event celebrating the release of their second collaboration, Carmela Full of Wishes. Told through the lens of a heartfelt sibling story, this “powerful and beautiful” (Kirkus, starred review) picture book explores what hope looks like in a vibrant migrant community and illuminates the experience of mixed-status families. de la Peña and Robinson will present their new book with a talk, Q&A, and book signing.
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 PM
Kiese Laymon presents Heavy: An American Memoir
Free with RSVP
Part of BPL Presents
Few writers are able to expose the enduring failures of American society through the lens of a personal narrative with unflinching candor and raw vulnerability. Genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon has accomplished this impressive feat with his highly-anticipated forthcoming book Heavy: An American Memoir, a searing memoir that explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. With a commitment to facing hard truths, Heavy charts Laymon’s early experiences of sexual violence and toxic masculinity growing up in Jackson, Mississippi; his complex and often painful relationship to his brilliant mother; first-hand experiences with racism in academia; and the physical manifestations of trauma, including obesity, anorexia, and gambling addiction, on his own body. The portrait that emerges in Heavy is deeply intimate yet entirely inclusive of our shared memories of an abusive nation. Laymon presents his book with a talk, Q&A, and book signing.
Free with RSVP; books available for sale at the event. RSVP here.
Friday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Jonathan Franzen presents The End of the End of the Earth
Tickets $30 (book included)
Part of BPL presents
In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes—both human and literary—that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. Franzen presents his new book with a talk, Q&A, and book signing.
Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a signed hardcover copy of The End of the End of the Earth. Books are distributed at the event.