Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 PM
Jodie Patterson presents The Bold World
In conversation with Rakesh Patel
Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn author and social activist Jodie Patterson to present her important new book, The Bold World. In her memoir, we witness a mother reshaping her attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of her community, to meet the needs of her transgender son, Penelope. Patterson shares her family’s history—particularly incidents within the Black community around sexism, racism, and civil rights. We learn about her children, who act as a vehicle for her own growth and acceptance of her diverse family, and her experiences as a wife, mother, and, eventually, activist. The result is an intimate portrait and an exquisite study in identity, courage, and love. Patterson’s relentless drive to change the world will resonate with and inspire us all, reflecting our own individual strength and tenacity, our very real fears, and, most of all, our singular ability to transform despite the odds. Patterson discusses her book with Rakesh Satyal, author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name and senior editor at Atria Books.