Greenlight Bookstore partners with St. Joseph's College to present the Brooklyn Voices series of literary presentations and discussions. Since 2012, the series has hosted luminary authors including Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, John Darnielle, Junot Diaz, Nathan Englander, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Hayes, Khaled Hosseini, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greil Marcus, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Marie Ponsot, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and others at Tuohy Hall, part of the college’s historic Pratt-designed campus in Clinton Hill.
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Fall 2018 Season:
Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 PM
Gary Shteyngart presents Lake Success
In conversation with Angela Ledgerwood
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)
Hailed as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers” by the New York Times and as the “Chekhov-Roth-Apatow of Queens” by The Millions, Gary Shteyngart is a one-of-a-kind hilariously brilliant writer. Lake Success – his first novel in seven years -- follows a Wall Street millionaire on the run when his dream of the perfect marriage, perfect son, and perfect life implodes and he escapes on a cross-country Greyhound bus trip to find his college sweetheart. Praised as an indelible, tragicomic mirror on contemporary American life by luminaries including Richard Ford, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Tom Perotta, Shteyngart’s biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel is one of the most anticipated books of the season. Shteyngart discusses his work with Angela Ledgerwood, creator of the beloved Lit Up podcast, at this event at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series.
Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Lake Success; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Gary Shteyngart will sign books following the discussion.
Monday, September 10, 7:30 PM
Anand Giridharadas presents Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
In conversation with Lydia Polgreen
Tickets free with RSVP; VIP tickets at $30 include book and priority seating
With his new book Winners Take All, former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas offers an insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctum of a new gilded age, and asks why our gravest problems should be solved but an unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike, Winners Take All has been praised by thinkers and writers as diverse as Katherine Boo, Isabel Wilkerson, Bill Gates, and Bryan Stevenson, who writes, “This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” Giridharadas discusses his new book and the surrounding issues with HuffPost Editor-In-Chief Lydia Polgreen at this event at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series.
Admission to this event is free, but RSVP is required. VIP tickets include a copy Winners Take All and priority seating; ticket-bundled books are distributed on site, and additional books are for sale. Anand Giridharadas will sign books following the discussion.
Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Barbara Kingsolver presents Unsheltered
In conversation with Julie Orringer
Tickets $33 (includes seat and book)
Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver’s eighth novel and her first in six years, is a timely and eloquent exploration of societies in crisis—both in our own tumultuous age and during a similarly turbulent turning point in nineteenth century America. With her trademark narrative inventiveness and sly wit, this beloved New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist layers two stories, each unfolding in the same New Jersey town almost a century and a half apart. “Kingsolver’s meticulously observed, elegantly structured novel unites social commentary with gripping storytelling,” says Publishers Weekly in a starred review. “Containing both a rich story and a provocative depiction of times that shake the shelter of familiar beliefs, this novel shows Kingsolver at the top of her game.” Kingsolver discusses her work with acclaimed Brooklyn author Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge).
Each $33 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Unsheltered; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Barbara Kingsolver will sign books following the discussion.
Monday, October 22, 7:30 PM
Anne Lamott presents Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
In conversation with Edward L. Beck Tickets $24 (includes seat and book)
From the beloved bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Help, Thanks, Wow, comes a new book about the place hope holds in our lives. In her profound and funny new book Almost Everything, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward. Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the book we need and that only Anne Lamott can write. Lamott discusses her work with priest, author, and journalist Father Edward L. Beck at St. Joseph’s College.
Each $24 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Almost Everything; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Anne Lamott will sign books following the discussion.