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 Tash Aw with her novel that reckons with power, race, and class in Asia, 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, Deepak Unnikrishnan on the "guest workers" of the Persian Gulf, Susan Kuklin with an oral history of undocumented young adults in America, and Melissa Rivero with her debut novel centered on the whole family experience of living undocumented in New York City. See below for a list of featured books. 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.”
Check back for upcoming events in this series!