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New York

  • Reclaiming the Streets: Public Space and Quality of Life in New York

    Featuring:michellussault (France  / geographer), Janettesadik-khan (USA  / commissioner  of the NYC   Department of Transportation ),tom Vanderbilt(USA / writer theguardian new York Discussion Hosted by oliver Burkeman, columnist forthe Guardian free reservationrequired: reclaiming@villagillet.net…

    Featuring:michellussault (France  / geographer),

    Janettesadik-khan (USA  / commissioner  of the NYC  

    Department of Transportation ),tom Vanderbilt(USA /

    writer

    theguardian new York Discussion

    Hosted by oliver Burkeman,

    columnist forthe Guardian

    free

    reservationrequired:

    reclaiming@villagillet.net

    As a global and cosmopolitan city, New York has long been

    a place of many urban policy struggles.

    Howcanwe transformcities tomake themmore sustainable

    and comfortable for everyone?And how do wemeasure the

    impact of efforts like those of Robert Moses? How much

    can we truly improve the citizens’quality oflife with design

    and urban planning?

    French geographer Michel Lussault, Commissioner  of the

    NYC  Department ofTransportationJanetteSadik-khan,and

    American author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do Tom

    Vanderbilt will help us answerthese challenging questions.

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upcoming events

  • Book Launch: Matthew Klam presents Who is Rich? In conversation with Meg Wolitzer

    Matthew Klam launches his long-awaited first novel Who is Rich?, following his critically acclaimed short story collection Sam the Cat. Unfolding over four days, Who is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating study in midlife alienation, bitterness, lust, and love. Rich Fischer is a once-sort-of-famous,…

    Matthew Klam launches his long-awaited first novel Who is Rich?, following his critically acclaimed short story collection Sam the Cat. Unfolding over four days, Who is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating study in midlife alienation, bitterness, lust, and love. Rich Fischer is a once-sort-of-famous, now struggling cartoonist, and husband and father of two. Amy O’Donnell is a forty-one-year-old painting student, mother of three, wife to a brutish Wall Street titan who commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy are reunited at the eccentric summer arts conference where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. Will they rescue each other or destroy each other? Jennifer Egan says, “Who Is Rich? is an electric amalgam of frustration and tenderness, wonder and rebellion.” Klam launches his first novel (and first book in 16 years) at Greenlight in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer.

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  • Zinzi Clemmons presents What We Lose In conversation with Margo Jefferson

    Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel What We Lose is both a luminous coming-of-age story of a young African-American woman and a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, country, and loss. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and …

    Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel What We Lose is both a luminous coming-of-age story of a young African-American woman and a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, country, and loss. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. Told in exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. What We Lose has been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the season by Buzzfeed, Elle, Cosmopolitan and more. Clemmons is joined in conversation with Margo Jefferson, writer and author of the memoir Negroland, followed by a Q&A and signing.

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  • Immigrant Writing Series Ian Bassingthwaighte presents Live From Cairo

    In 2009, Ian Bassingthwaighte was awarded a Fulbright grant to Egypt, where he interned at a legal aid office for primarily Iraqi and Sudanese refugees. That eye-opening experience became Live From Cairo. Bassingthwaighte’s debut is set in 2011 after President Mubarak has just been ousted from power.…

    In 2009, Ian Bassingthwaighte was awarded a Fulbright grant to Egypt, where he interned at a legal aid office for primarily Iraqi and Sudanese refugees. That eye-opening experience became Live From Cairo. Bassingthwaighte’s debut is set in 2011 after President Mubarak has just been ousted from power. The oldest city in the world is reeling from political revolution, its consequent hopes and fears, its violence, triumphs, and defeats. But for the people living there, daily life has not slowed down but become wilder, more dangerous, and, occasionally, freeing. Live From Cairo is the story of an impulsive American attorney, a methodical Egyptian translator, and a disillusioned Iraqi-American resettlement officer trying to protect a refugee who finds herself trapped in Cairo during the turbulent aftermath of the January 25 revolution. Bassingthwaighte presents his debut novel at Greenlight, followed by a signing and Q&A.

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