Unbound at BAM

Greenlight Bookstore partners with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to bring today’s most renowned authors to Brooklyn for the national launch of their latest works in BAM's gorgeous theatrical spaces. Past guests include Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, John Cleese, Elvis Costello, Lena Dunham, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Masha Gessen, Jonathan Lethem, Morgan Parker, Orhan Pamuk, Dab Rather, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Gloria Steinem, Alice Waters, and others.

Tickets or RSVPs are required for admission to all Unbound events; some tickets include a copy of the book, distributed at the event. Click the "Buy Tickets" button below each event to reserve your seat through BAM.org. Featured Unbound books are for sale at 15% off at the Greenlight at BAM kiosk on the night of the event only. You can also use the "Add to Cart" buttons at the bottom of this page to purchase a book without attending an event; include any signing requests in the Order Comments field at checkout.

Fall 2018 Unbound events:

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 PM
José Andrés presents We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time
Tickets starting at $25

In his new book We Fed An Island, James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés presents his insider account of how a group of chefs served millions of meals to the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more. Andrés—who is the Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the Founder/Chairman of World Central Kitchen, and the NGO behind #ChefsForPuertoRico—arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. With no clean water, no food, no power, and no gas for most people, and no way to communicate with the outside world, Andrés addressed the humanitarian crisis the only way he knew how: by feeding people, one hot meal at a time. We Fed an Island movingly describes how a network of chefs, volunteers, and community kitchens activated real change and tells an extraordinary story of hope in the face of disasters both natural and man-made, offering suggestions for how to address a crisis like this in the future. 




Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: BAM: The Next Wave Festival
With Joseph V. Melillo and guests
Wine reception to follow
Tickets $25 event only, $70 with book

BAM and Greenlight Bookstore celebrate the launch of BAM: The Next Wave Festival, an inside look at the storied legacy of BAM’s signature 36-year-old festival. Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo and BAM Hamm Archives Director Sharon Lehner engage in a lively discussion featuring archival footage from select productions and reflections from several figures who have been integral to the Next Wave Festival. Guests include theater director Anne Bogart, creative producer Beth Morrison, visual artist José Parlá, performing arts presenter Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, and president emerita Karen Brooks Hopkins, and the evening concludes with a discussion among the book’s creators, editors Steven Serafin and Susan Yung and designer Andrew Sloat. Wine reception to follow.




Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Deana Lawson presents Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph
In conversation with Torkwase Dyson
Tickets $15 event only

Photographer Deana Lawson comes to BAM to celebrate the launch of her first book. Lawson is joined by artist Torkwase Dyson to discuss Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (published by Aperture), which features 40 beautifully reproduced photographs, an essay by the novelist Zadie Smith, and an expansive conversation with the artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa. Lawson is one of the most compelling photographers of her generation. Over the last 10 years, she has created a visionary language to describe identities through intimate portraiture and striking accounts of ceremonies and rituals. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the US and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and attention to surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. Throughout her work, which invites comparison to the photography of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful. Books available for sale at 15% off at the event; signing to follow the presentation.


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