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

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 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, 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 college’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" 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.

Spring 2020 Season:

Sunday, February 2, 4:30PM
Ezra Klein presents Why We're Polarized
In conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tickets $32 (includes seat and book)

In his vital new book Why We're Polarized, Vox cofounder Ezra Klein reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America’s descent into division and dysfunction. Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis. Neither a polemic nor a lament, Klein offers a clear framework for understanding the politicization of everyday culture that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself. Klein presents his book at St. Joseph’s College in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power.

Each $32 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a harcover copy of Why We’re Polarized. Books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale; Ezra Klein will sign books following the discussion.

Monday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Erik Larson presents The Splendid and the Vile
In conversation with Maria Konnikova
Tickets $35 (includes seat and book)

Erik Larson (#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake) comes to the Brooklyn Voices Series for the launch of his fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless”—a story of political brinkmanship as well as an intimate domestic drama. Larson draws on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—to provide a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together. Larson discusses his book with Maria Konnikova, contributing writer for the New Yorker and author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game, at this pre-publication launch event.

Each $35 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Splendid and the Vile; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Erik Larson will sign books following the discussion.

Monday, May 4, 7:30 PM
Mikel Jollett presents Hollywood Park
Tickets $32 (includes seat and book)

Mikel Jollett—author, radio columnist, and founder of the band Airborne Toxic Event—was born in Southern California into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. His new book Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and broadening as Jollett begins to understand the world around him, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer. Jollett presents his book with an exclusive pre-publication launch reading and discussion at St. Joseph's College as part of the ongoing Brooklyn Voices Series.

Each $32 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Hollywood Park; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Mikel Jollett will sign books following the presentation.

Can't make it to a Brooklyn Voices event?  You can still order the featured books below, and request a signed or personalized copy in the Order Comments field at checkout!  Signed books will be available following the scheduled event. Please note that purchase of a book is not equivalent to purchase of a ticket. 


Why We're Polarized Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476700328
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348713
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Hollywood Park: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621566
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Celadon Books - May 5th, 2020