Immigrant Writing Series

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, 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.”

Upcoming events in this series:

Fort Greene store:

Monday, September 9, 7:30 PM
NYC Book Launch: Tash Aw presents We, the Survivors
In conversation with Chimamanda Adichie

In We, the Survivors, award-winning and critically acclaimed author Tash Aw presents a compelling depiction of a man’s act of violence, set against the backdrop of Asia in flux. Ah Hock is an ordinary man of simple means—so what brings him to kill a man? This question leads a young, privileged journalist to Ah Hock’s door. While the victim has been mourned and the killer has served time for the crime, Ah Hock's motive remains unclear, even to himself. The unfurling of Ah Hock’s confession forces both the speaker and his listener to reckon with systems of power, race, and class in a place where success is promised to all yet delivered only to its lucky heirs. Joining Aw in conversation is Chimamanda Adichie, author of the award-winning novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.

We, the Survivors: A Novel Cover Image
By Tash Aw
ISBN: 9780374287245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 3rd, 2019

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062872357
Availability: Available at our distributor; usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults Cover Image
By Susan Kuklin, Susan Kuklin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - January 8th, 2019

Temporary People Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632061423
Availability: Available at our distributor; usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
ISBN: 9781616208042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

The Immigrant's Refrigerator Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998512648
Availability: Special Order; please call or email to confirm availability
Published: Genpop Books - February 6th, 2018

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
ISBN: 9781419718786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 17th, 2018

Live from Cairo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501146886
Availability: Available at our distributor; usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner - July 3rd, 2018