Fort Greene Store:
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: James McBride presents Deacon King Kong
Reception to follow
National Book Award winner James McBride returns to Greenlight for the launch of his highly anticipated new novel, Deacon King Kong (the Greenlight First Editions Club selection for March). Set in a fictionalized housing project in south Brooklyn in 1969, the novel begins when a beloved, often drunk church deacon uncharacteristically fires a .38 at a young drug dealer. The resulting story, told with McBride’s signature insight, wit, and abiding faith in humanity, is a deeply moving portrait of an old-fashioned New York neighborhood, rife with both slapstick comedy and emotional depth, a place teeming with characters whose rich, complex lives overlap in surprising ways. McBride presents his book with a reading and talk, and a wine reception follows to celebrate the book’s launch.