The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast captures the unique voices and conversations of our many book events, featuring some of today's most exciting authors.
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Episode QS4: Katy Simpson Smith + Rivka Galchen (May 28, 2020)
Novelist Rivka Galchen interviews Katy Simpson Smith about her new novel The Everlasting, a portrait of the "Eternal City," Rome, over four centuries. The two authors explore the freedom fiction allows to explore marginalized peoples whose voices history has erased or ignored, the ways in which faith and love intertwine, and the disgusting and miraculous thing that is the human body. (Recorded April 15, 2020)
Quarantine Season Episode 3: Emily Gould + Naomi Fry (May 14, 2020)
Author and publisher Emily Gould chats with her good friend (and New Yorker staff writer) Naomi Fry about Gould's new novel of music and parenthood, Perfect Tunes. Their quarantined conversation includes the difficulties of mothering in a pandemic, the ubiquity of vomit in the novel, lots of one-liners, and even some impromptu musical numbers. (Recorded April 14, 2020)
Quarantine Season Episode 2: Robert Reich + Anand Giridharadas (April 31, 2020)
Robert B. Reich, the best-selling author and commentator who has served in three presidential administrations, discusses his new book The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, with Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All). Speaking from opposite coasts, the two generate a blistering analysis of elections, banking, capitalism, corruption, and hope, including insights on how the spread of COVID-19 was affected by -- and will affect -- America's policies and political culture. (Recorded March 31, 2020)
Quarantine Season Episode 1: Emily St. John Mandel + Isaac Fitzgerald (April 25, 2020)
In Greenlight's first-ever virtual event, bestselling Brooklyn author Emily St. John Mandel launches her new novel, The Glass Hotel, in a brilliant and charming conversation with beloved author and interviewer Isaac Fitzgerald. The two discuss Ponzi schemes, ghosts, music, alternate universes, and of course the increased interest in Mandel's previous novel Station Eleven, which imagines the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic. (Recorded March 24, 2020.)
Episode 57: Leah Greenberg + Ezra Levin (May 21, 2020)
Wife and husband political dynamos Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin talk about We are Indivisible – both the movement they co-founded and the book they co-wrote – and the inspiring strategies they are proving are effective for grassroots political change. (Recorded at our Prospect Lefferts Gardens store on November 5, 2019)
Episode 56: Lindy West (May 7, 2020)
The inimitable Lindy West (author of Shrill) owns the stage at St. Joseph’s College for a reading from her new book The Witches Are Coming and a frank and hilarious talk on women (and men) in media and politics, internet trolls, abortion stories, and more. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on November 7, 2019)
Episode 55: Ibi Zoboi + Rita Williams Garcia (March 12, 2020)
Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness. (Recorded in our Fort Greene store on September 12, 2019.)
Episode 54: Tash Aw + Chimamanda Adichie (February 27, 2020)
Novelist Tash Aw talks with his close friend, literary superstar Chimamanda Adichie, about his newest novel We, the Survivors, touching on questions of representation (or the lack of it), the intersections of poverty and violence, and the evolving state of immigrant literature. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on September 9, 2019.)
Episode 53: Dan Rather + Katy Tur (February 13, 2020)
Legendary journalist Dan Rather launches the paperback edition of his book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism in conversation with fellow news correspondent Katy Tur, in an evening focused on American ideals, journalistic integrity, and great storytelling. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 3, 2019.)
Episode 52: Susan Straight + Emily Bernard (January 30, 2020)
In this in-depth and personal discussion of race and womanhood in America, authors and close friends Susan Straight (In the Country of Women) and Emily Bernard (Black Is the Body) discuss their new memoirs and their differing but overlapping experiences. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on August 20, 2019.)
Episode 51: Rick Moody + Amy Hempel (January 16, 2020)
Beloved Brooklyn novelist and essayist Rick Moody discusses his memoir The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony in an emotional and moving conversation about writing and family with fellow fiction writer Amy Hempel. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on August 15, 2019.)
Episode 50: Jess Row + Yahdon Israel (January 2, 2020)
Novelist Jess Row talks with poet and educator Yahdon Israel about Row’s book of literary criticism White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, in a brilliant conversation and Q&A turning on privilege, space, and the hidden assumptions of the American literary canon.(Recorded at the Fort Greene store on August 14, 2019.)
Episode 49: Tom Campanella + Philip Lopate (December 19, 2019)
Renowned essayist Philip Lopate interviews native Brooklynite and urban studies professor Thomas Campanella about his magisterial new book Brooklyn: The Once and Future City, for a rollicking and wide-ranging conversation on our borough’s history and lore. (Recorded in our Prospect Lefferts Gardens store on September 19, 2019.)
Episode 48: Eric Foner + Chris Hayes (December 5, 2019)
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses his newest book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution with Chris Hayes of MSNBC and The Nation, in an erudite, energetic and surprisingly funny conversation about the Reconstruction period and its enormous relevance for contemporary American life and politics. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 29, 2019.)
Episode 47: Mark Bittman + Melissa Clark (November 21, 2019)
Acclaimed food writer Mark Bittman celebrates the release of the 20th anniversary edition of his classic cookbook How To Cook Everything, in a lively conversation about America’s evolving foodways with fellow New York Times food writer Melissa Clark. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on October 2, 2019.)
Episode 46: Oyinkan Braithwaite + Bridgett M. Davis (November 7, 2019)
Oyinkan Braithwaite discusses her smash hit debut My Sister the Serial Killer — a short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel that encompasses both sibling rivalry and anti-patriarchal catharsis — onstage with previous podcast guest Bridgett M. Davis. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on August 5, 2019.)
Episode 45: Robert MacFarlane + Philip Gourevitch (October 24, 2019)
In his highly anticipated US book launch, beloved British writer Robert MacFarlane presents his latest exploration of the natural world, Underland, diving deep into both the landscape and the human heart in his conversation with acclaimed journalist Philip Gourevitch. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on June 10, 2019.)
Episode 44: Nathan Englander + Colson Whitehead (October 10, 2019)
Two former Brooklyn neighbors (and longtime friends) of Greenlight take the stage as Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander discusses his novel kaddish.com with Colson Whitehead, in a conversation about family, faith, and the temptations of the internet. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on March 26, 2019.)
Episode 43: John Waters + Rob Spillman (September 26, 2019)
Transgressive auteur/icon John Waters serves it up raw in his memoir-cum-self-help-book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. Fellow Baltimore native Rob Spillman, author of the memoir All Tomorrow's Parties, interviews Waters in an hour full of outrageous one-liners. (Recorded at St. Joseph's College on May 22, 2019.)
Episode 42: Bridgett Davis + James Hannaham (September 12, 2019)
Award-winning writer and filmmaker Bridgett M. Davis offers an homage to an extraordinary parent in her memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers. She discusses the book (and complicated mothers) with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods. (Recorded at the Fort Greene bookstore on February 26, 2019.)
Episode 41: Blythe Roberson + Phoebe Robinson (August 29, 2019)
Writer and comedian Blythe Roberson talks with podcast superstar Phoebe Robinson about dating in the modern age (without going insane). (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on January 10, 2019.)
Episode 40: Shelley Jackson + Darcey Steinke (December 13, 2018)
Groundbreaking Brooklyn novelist Shelley Jackson discusses her language-haunted ghost story Riddance with fellow author Darcey Steinke. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on November 5, 2018)
Episode 39: Anne Lamott + Edward L. Beck ( November 29, 2018)
Bestselling author Anne Lamott talks about her new book, Almost Everything, with author, playwright and CNN commentator Father Edward L. Beck. (Recorded at St. Joseph's College on October 22, 2018)
Episode 38: Barbara Kingsolver + Julie Orringer (November 15, 2018)
Beloved, award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book Unsheltered with author Julie Orringer. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on October 15. 2018)
Episode 37: Eleanor Kriseman + Julie Buntin (October 12, 2018)
Social worker, author, and Greenlight Bookstore staff alum Eleanor Kriseman discusses her debut novel The Blurry Years with author Julie Buntin. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on July 10, 2018)
Episode 36: Justin Phillip Reed + Angel Nafis + Jayson Smith (October 3, 2018)
Poet Justin Phillip Reed discusses his debut poetry collection Indecency with Greenlight staff alums and poets Angel Nafis and Jayson Smith. (Recorded at our Prospect Lefferts Gardens location on May 15, 2018)
Episode 35: Ibi Zoboi + Elizabeth Acevedo (September 21, 2018)
Young adult novelist Ibi Zoboi talks about her new book Pride with actor and best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on September 18, 2018)
Episode 34: Amanda Stern + A. M. Homes (July 31, 2018)
Fiction writer, memoirist, and children's author Amanda Stern discusses her new book Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life with author A.M. Homes. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on June 19, 2018)
Episode 33: Rachel Cusk + Alexandra Schwartz (July 25, 2018)
Critically acclaimed author and memoirist Rachel Cusk sits down with book critic Alexandra Schwartz to discuss her new book Kudos, the final novel of her beloved Outline Trilogy. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on June 18, 2018)
Episode 32: Caryl Phillips + Hilton Als (July 10, 2018)
Celebrated author and professor, Caryl Phillips speaks with cultural criti, Hilton Als to discuss his new book, A View of the Empire at Sunset. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on June 26, 2018)
Episode 31: Michael Chabon + Julie Orringer (June 11, 2018)
Just in time for Father's Day, beloved novelist and nonfiction writer Michael Chabon talks with fellow author (and parent) Julie Orringer about Pops, his new essay collection on the magic and mystery of fatherhood. (Recorded at St. Joseph's College on May 23, 2018)
Episode 30: Brittney Cooper + Rebecca Traister (May 27, 2018)
Academic and writer Brittney Cooper speaks to Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York Magazine and author, about her new book, Eloquent Rage. (Recorded at our Prospect Lefferts Gardens location on February 20, 2018)
Episode 29: Amy Siskind + Nomiki Konst (April 30, 2018)
President and co-founder of The New Agenda Amy Siskind speaks with reporter Nomiki Konst about her new book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year. (Recorded at our Prospect Lefferts Gardens location on April 5, 2018)
Episode 28: Zinzi Clemmons + Margo Jefferson (April 19, 2018)
Writer Zinzi Clemmons speaks with author and cultural critic Margo Jefferson about her debut novel, What We Lose. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on July 20, 2017)
Episode 27: Nick Harkaway + Jenn Northington (March 29, 2018)
Beloved British literary genre fiction writer Nick Harkaway talked with megafan Jenn Northington of BookRiot about his cerebral epic scifi novel Gnomon in his first ever New York City public event. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on January 16, 2018)
Episode 26: Light the Dark (Febuary 22, 2018)
Editor Joe Fassler leads a panel of brilliant writers -- Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), and Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams) -- in a discussion expanding the themes of his anthology Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on October 17, 2017)
Episode 25: Jessica Bruder + Dale Maharidge (January 10, 2018)
Journalist Jessica Bruder celebrated the launch of her new book Nomadland, an immersive narrative of the time Bruder spent with the new nomadic communities of older, low-income Americans who can no longer afford to retire, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning fellow journalist Dale Maharidge at our Fort Greene location. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on September 26, 2017)
Episode 24: Karl Ove Knausgaard + Kita Kitamura (December 14, 2017)
Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the internationally acclaimed My Struggle series, discussed Autumn, the first in his new quartet of books, with fellow author Kita Kitamura as part of the Bookends series surrounding the Brooklyn Book Festival. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 14, 2017)
Episode 23: Nathan Englander + Jonathan Safran Foer (November 7, 2017)
Award-winning author (and Greenlight neighbor) Nathan Englander talked about his new novel, a literary thriller set amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with his friend Jonathan Safran Foer. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 6, 2017)
Episode 22: Jesmyn Ward + Ayana Mathis (October 24, 2017)
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward talked with fellow author Ayana Mathis about Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward’s beautiful, searing new novel of a haunted rural south. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on September 5, 2017)
Episode 21: Teju Cole + Ben Lerner (September 1, 2017)
Teju Cole launched his fourth book Blind Spot in conversation with Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04); the two brilliant novelist/essayists delved into a wide range of issues surrounding the creation of art, in particular photography and text. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on June 14, 2017)
Episode 20: Hala Alyan + Mira Jacob (July 26, 2017)
Palestinian-American poet and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan talked with novelist Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing) about her debut novel Salt Houses, a story of family, displacement, and diaspora catalyzed by Israel’s Six Day War. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on May 4, 2017)
Episode 19: Chris Hayes + Wesley Lowery (May 19, 2017)
Beloved MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes discusses his book on the origins and effects of the deeply entrenched racism in America's criminal justice system, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, with a wide-ranging and passionate audience Q&A. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on April 8, 2017)
Episode 18: Álvaro Enrigue + Garth Risk Hallberg (April 17, 2017)
Internationally acclaimed Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue discusses his genre-bending novel Sudden Death with Garth Risk Hallberg, bestselling author of the novel City on Fire and columnist for The Millions. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on February 16, 2018)
Episode 17: Marie Ponsot (November 4, 2016)
Poetry world luminaries celebrate the publication of Marie Ponsot's Collected Poems with readings and impressions of the great writer, followed by a reading by the 95-year-old poet herself. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on October 4, 2016)
Episode 16: Jeff Chang + Rebecca Carroll and Nikole Hannah-Jones (September 29, 2016)
Jeff Chang (Who We Be, Can't Stop Won't Stop) discusses his book We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation with journalists Rebecca Carroll and Nikole Hannah-Jones. (Recorded at our Fort Greene location on September 22, 2016)
Episode 15: Ann Patchett + J. Courtney Sullivan (September 19, 2016)
Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder, etc.) launches her seventh novel, Commonwealth, in conversation with J. Courtney Sullivan. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 13, 2016)
Episode 14: Teju Cole + Amitava Kumar (August 17, 2016)
Teju Cole (Open City, Every Day is for the Thief) launches his new essay collection, Known and Strange Things, in conversation with Amitava Kumar. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on August 9, 2016)
Episode 13: Khaled Hosseini (December 30, 2014)
Khaled Housseini (The Kite Runner) uses the release of his latest, And The Mountains Echoed, to discuss east and west, war and peace, and everything in the middle. Plus two excellent graphic novels, one old and one new.
Episode 12: Alexi Zentner + Téa Obreht (December 2, 2014)
Alexi Zentner (Touch) talks to friend and fellow novelist Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife) about Shakespeare, shellfish, and his newest novel, The Lobster Kings. Also, Denis Johnson's heart of darkness, and getting cosmic with Italo Calvino.
Episode 11: Luke B. Goebels + Tobias Carroll (November 18, 2014)
The intense and soulful Luke B. Goebel talks about his debut novel Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours with Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Also, Bryan Stevenson on justice and redemption and Merritt Teague on sex, drugs, and the soup du jour.
Episode 10: Damon Galgut (November 4, 2014)
Damon Galgut (In a Strange Room) speaks about his latest – Arctic Summer, a fictionalization of E.M. Forster’s life while writing A Passage to India. Also, new poetry from Saeed Jones, and Atul Gawande on what we talk about when we talk about dying .
Episode 9: Ghost Stories with David Mitchell + John Freeman (October 27, 2014)
Happy Halloween! In this bonus mini-episode, David Mitchell and John Freeman tell each other ghost stories. S'mores not included.
Episode 8: Emily St. John Mandel + Emma Straub (October 20, 2014)
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, sits down with fellow author Emma Straub to talk about the craft of writing, the vicissitudes of publishing, and the how her particular dystopian vision was influenced by survivalist blogs, King Lear, and Calvin and Hobbes. Also, reviews of Lila by Marilynne Robinson, and Splash State by Todd Colby.
Episode 7: David Mitchell + John Freeman (October 1, 2014)
David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream) on his new novel, The Bone Clocks, his illicit dreams of Amsterdam, and why Optimism is probably the best choice – in conversation with John Freeman (How to Read a Novelist). Also: exciting new reissues from Wakefield Press and a second look at Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.
Episode 6: Jack Livings + Brigid Hughes (September 15, 2014)
Brigid Hughes (A Public Space, The Paris Review) speaks to Jack Livings about his debut collection of stories, The Dog, as well as the agonies and ecstasies of obsessive research and Tobias Wolff. Also – reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy and The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross.
Episode 5: Lev Grossman + Friends (September 2, 2014)
Levapalooza! Lev Grossman (The Magicians) assembles the Super Friends of Brooklyn-based fantasy and sci-fi authors to help launch his latest, the New York Times #1 Bestseller The Magician’s Land. Also: reviews of Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre and Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter. Special appearances by Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (The Delirium Trilogy), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), and Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible).
Episode 4: Tom Rachman + Susan Kamil (August 15, 2014)
Tom Rachman (The Imperfectionists) talks with Susan Kamil, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Random House and Dial Press, about his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, and why writing books is like flying with the Marx Brothers. Also: reviews of The Story of Land and Sea by Katie Simpson Smith and Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey; and new releases for August 15th – 30th, 2014.
Episode 3: Elizabeth Gilbert + Rebecca Mead (August 4, 2014)
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) talks to Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) about her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, as well as the joys of being a grown-up and the independent will of ideas. Also: reviews of Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique and The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway, plus new releases for August 1st – 15th, 2014.
Episode 2: One Story Magazine 2014 Literary Debutantes (July 14, 2014)
We meet One Story Magazine’s 2014 Literary Debutantes, a collection of fiction writers who have published their first full-length books in the past year: James Scott (The Kept), Rachel Cantor (A Highly Unlikely Scenario), Ben Stroud (Byzantium), Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You), Molly Antopol (The UnAmericans), David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), and Amelia Kahaney (The Brokenhearted). Also – reviews of The Book of Unknown Americans, by Christina Henríquez, and The Log of the SS Mrs. Unguentine, by Stanley Crawford; and new releases for July 15th – July 31st, 2014.
Episode 1: Colum McCann + Phil Klay (June 28, 2014)
In our debut episode: Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) in conversation with Phil Klay (Redeployment) about writing, war, and the shifting sands between fiction and reality. Also - reviews of The Vacationers by Emma Straub and Ideas of Heaven by Joan Silber, and new releases for early July 2014.
Episodes 1 - 13 of Greenlight's podcast were produced as The Greenlight Bookstore Radio Hour, a collaboration between Greenlight Bookstore and CitizenRacecar. These episodes are hosted by CitizenRacecar's David Hoffman, a writer, musician, and media producer, a well as a lifelong lover and collector of books. David is a longtime friend and customer of Greenlight, and lives in New York City with his wife and son.