Fort Greene store:
Thursday, August 3, 7:30 PM
Paperback launch: Patrick Ryan presents The Dream Life of Astronauts
In conversation with John Freeman
Wine reception to follow
Patrick Ryan’s short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts was named one of the best books of the year by outlets like Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and Refinery 29 when it was published last year. This summer Ryan comes to Greenlight to celebrate the paperback release of his luminous collection of stories set in and around Cape Canaveral in the middle of the 20th century. Ryan explores the inner lives of his characters – a would-be Miss America, a NASA engineer, a Boy Scout troop leader, and more – as they locate themselves against the landmark American moments of the 1960s and 70s, and against the glamour and tragedy of space travel. Ryan talks about his work with John Freeman, renowned literary critic and founder and editor of Freeman’s. A wine reception follows to celebrate the paperback launch.