In 2017 Greenlight launches a new Immigrant Writing Series, featuring literary events with a focus on the voices and experiences of immigrants. Events take place in our bookstore locations, and encompass a range of literary genres and event formats. Past authors include Ian Bassingthwaighte on Iraqi refugees in Egypt, Thi Bui on her family's journey to the U.S. from Vietnam, Elena Georgiou with short stories on a variety of immigrant experiences, Mohsin Hamid with a fantastical novel of global immigration, Lisa Ko's novel of undocumented Chinese immigrants robbed of their American-born children, Valeria Luiselli with a nonfiction account of Central American refugee children in New York, and Deepak Unnikrishnan on the "guest workers" of the Persian Gulf. Events are free and open to the public.
“We live in a country and in a borough that was built by and thrives because of its immigrants,” says Greenlight’s co-owner Rebecca Fitting. “We wanted to create this reading series because it's vital that as a community and culture, our world view stays broad, open, supportive and wide. Reading fiction and stories is an important way of exposing ourselves to the lives and emotions of other people. Nonfiction provides history and facts, but fiction weaves empathy into the mix and allows us to view things from perspectives, cultures and worlds other than our own.”
Fort Greene store:
Thursday, January 17, 7:30 PM
Susan Kuklin presents We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults
Reading and panel discussion
Co-hosted by Welcome to the Table
In her new book, award-winning author and photographer Susan Kuklin shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. This event includes a panel discussion with Kuklin, Maryellen Fullerton, Dean of Brooklyn Law School and a legal expert in immigration and asylum, and P., who is featured in the book.
A percentage of sales of the book at the event will be donated to Welcome to the Table, which works with Atlas DIY and other immigrant advocacy organization to cover immigrants' legal fees.