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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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  • Fort Greene Young Readers Book Group discusses The Jumbies

    Led by Greenlight receiving manager Grace, our young readers book group in Fort Greene is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend, and pizza is served. For July, the group reads and discusses The Jumbies…

    Led by Greenlight receiving manager Grace, our young readers book group in Fort Greene is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend, and pizza is served. For July, the group reads and discusses The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, a spine-tingling adventure rooted in Haitian folklore. Corinne La Mer claims she isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. When one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, she rouses a jumbie who emerges to wreak havoc. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and use ancient magic to stop the jumbie and save the island.

    Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.

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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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