Brooklyn Voices: A Literary Series at St. Joseph's University

Greenlight Bookstore partners with St. Joseph's University to present the Brooklyn Voices series of literary presentations and discussions. Since 2012, the series has hosted luminary authors including Mark Bittman, Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, John Darnielle, Junot Diaz, Nathan Englander, Jeffrey Eugenides, Eric Foner, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Hayes, Khaled Hosseini, Ezra Klein, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greil Marcus, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Marie Ponsot, Dan Rather, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, Lindy West, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and others at Tuohy Hall, part of the university’s historic Pratt-designed campus in Clinton Hill.

Tickets or RSVPs are required for admission to all Brooklyn Voices events; some tickets include a copy of the book, distributed at the event. Click the "Buy Tickets" link 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.


Author photo of Andrew Sean GreerIN-PERSON: Live at St. Joseph's University!
Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 PM ET
Andrew Sean Greer presents Less Is Lost
In conversation with Sloane Crosley
Tickets: $32 (includes seat and book)
Part of the Brooklyn Voices Series

Greenlight is thrilled to partner with our friends at St. Joseph's University to celebrate Less Is Lost, the follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less and the latest book from Andrew Sean Greer. Praised as "wildly, painfully, funny" (David Sedaris), with all of the irrepressible wit and musicality that made Less a bestselling, award-winning, must-read breakout book, Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the bewilderment of life in America, the riddle of love, and the stories we tell along the way. Join us at St. Joseph's for an evening of exuberant storytelling and celebration, with esteemed author Andrew Sean Greer in conversation with the illustrious Sloane Crosley!

Each book bundle ticket includes a signed copy of Less Is Lost, to be picked up at the event. Mask-wearing is required to attend this event.

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Author photo of Lydia MilletIN-PERSON: Live at St. Joseph's University!
Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 PM ET
Lydia Millet presents Dinosaurs
In conversation with Jenny Offill
Tickets: $30 (includes seat and book)

Part of the Brooklyn Voices Series

Greenlight and St. Joseph's University are honored to welcome award-winning author Lydia Millet, hailed as a "stone cold genius" (Jenny Offill), to celebrate the launch of her newest novel Dinosaurs. In this warmly textured, drily funny, and philosophical account of one man’s unexpected devotion to the family-next-door, Millet explores the uncanny territory where the self ends and community begins—what one person can do in a world beset by emergencies. Join Millet, in conversation with the illustrious Jenny Offill, for an unforgettable evening of reading, conversation, and exploration of hope in the shadow of existential threat.

Each book bundle ticket includes a signed copy of Dinosaurs, to be picked up at the event. Mask-wearing is required to attend this event.

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Fatimah AsgharIN-PERSON: Live at St. Joseph's University!
Thursday, October 27, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Fatimah Asghar presents 
When We Were Sisters
In conversation with Angel Nafis, José Olivarez, and Jess Snow
Tickets: $5 GA; $30 Book Bundle (includes seat and book)

Greenlight is honored to partner with St. Joseph's University in welcoming Fatimah Asghar—the polymathic, boundary-shifting poet, filmmaker, educator, and performer—and her much-anticipated debut novel. Wrenching, poetic, and unguardedly tender, When We Were Sisters explores the interlocking ties between three Muslim American sisters who, after their parents die, are left to raise one another in a country whose systems were not designed for them. In crisp and evocative vignettes, Asghar unspools this unique coming-of-age tale that delves into, in her own words, “the failures and shortcomings of language... kids that are overlooked, and all the definitions of themselves they are able to make from that overlooking." Asghar will grace the St. Joseph's University stage along with fellow acclaimed poets Angel Nafis, José Olivarez, and Jess Snow for an evening of reading, conversation, and celebration.

Each book bundle ticket includes a signed copy of When We Were Sisters, to be picked up at the event.
Mask-wearing is required to attend this event.

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Fatimah Asghar Photo Credit: Cassidy Kristiansen


Author photo of Eileen MylesIN-PERSON: Live at St. Joseph's University!
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 PM ET
Eileen Myles presents Pathetic Literature
Featuring Fred Moten, Carmen Boullosa, Nicole Eisenman, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Marcella Durand, and Will Farris
Tickets: $38.50 (includes seat and book)

Part of the Brooklyn Voices Series

"Literature is pathetic." So claims Eileen Myles in their new edited anthology Pathetic Literature, an exuberant collection of pieces ranging from poetry to drama to prose to something in between, all of which explore those so-called “pathetic” or sensitive feelings around which lives are built and revolutions are incited. Utterly unique, this collection is composed of pieces from luminaries like Franz Kafka, Samuel Delany, and Gwendolyn Brooks to up-and-coming unpublished writers that examine pathos and feeling, giving a well-timed rehab to the word “pathetic." Greenlight and our friends at St. Joseph's University are thrilled to welcome Eileen Myles, one of America’s most celebrated poets and a cult(ural) icon, along with an esteemed cast of fellow authors and contributors, for an evening celebrating the publication of Pathetic Literature.

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