Monday, November 21, 7:30 PM
Offsite event: BKLYN Commons
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro presents Island People: The Caribbean and the World
In conversation with Garnette Cadogan
Wine, refreshments and music
The people of the Caribbean islands, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Writer and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s Island People voyages from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, offering a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, and connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. Joshua discusses his work of travel literature and history with Jamaican-born essayist and journalist Garnette Cadogan, who collaborated with Joshua and Rebecca Solnit on the book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. A reception and book signing follows this free event at BKLYN Commons in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, celebrating the neighborhood’s vibrant Caribbean culture and community. Caribbean eats provided by Chef Bryan Lindsay & Jenny Anderson of Sacred Chef & Company, wine by Drink PLG, and Caribbean beats mixed by Garnette and Joshua. Presented in association with Lithub, which will post the conversation on its website after the event.
BKLYN Commons is located at 495 Flatbush Avenue