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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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  • Jessica Berger Gross presents Estranged In conversation with Sari Botton

    Jessica Berger Gross presents her book Estranged, a powerful memoir reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. To outsiders, Jessica Berger Gross's childhood—growing up in a "nice" Jewish family in middle class Long Island—seemed as wholesomely American as any other. But behind closed doors,…

    Jessica Berger Gross presents her book Estranged, a powerful memoir reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. To outsiders, Jessica Berger Gross's childhood—growing up in a "nice" Jewish family in middle class Long Island—seemed as wholesomely American as any other. But behind closed doors, Jessica suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, whose mood would veer unexpectedly from loving to violent. At the age of twenty-eight, still reeling from the trauma but emotionally dependent on her dysfunctional family, Jessica made the anguished decision to cut ties with them entirely. Told in a careful, unflinching, and forthright prose, Estranged reframes how we think about family, the past, estrangement, and triumph. Gross presents her memoir in conversation with Sari Botton, writer and editor of the anthology Goodbye to All That. A wine reception follows the discussion.

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  • Book Launch: Samantha Hunt presents The Dark Dark In conversation with James Hannaham

    From Samantha Hunt, award-winning and acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, comes a collection of ten haunting, inventive tales that bring us to the brink. The Dark Dark blends the literary and the fantastic and presents characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people…

    From Samantha Hunt, award-winning and acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, comes a collection of ten haunting, inventive tales that bring us to the brink. The Dark Dark blends the literary and the fantastic and presents characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more. Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. “The Dark Dark reads like a feminist manifesto threaded through imaginative fiction,” (Daniel Johnson, The Paris Review). Hunt presents her work in conversation with Greenlight neighbor James Hannaham, author of the critically acclaimed novel Delicious Foods, followed by a wine reception.

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  • Book Launch: Tamara Shopsin presents Arbitrary Stupid Goal In conversation with Jason Fulford

    In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, …

    In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka "The Store," run by her inimitable dad, Kenny—a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York's best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art. Shopsin presents her book in conversation with Jason Fulford, photographer and co-founder of J & L Books, and a screening of Shopsin's short home movie "Charlie Says Bagel" accompanies the discussion. A reception – of egg creams and live games – follows to celebrate the book’s launch!

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  • Brian Platzer presents Bed-Stuy Is Burning In conversation with Simone Oliver

    Local author Brian Platzer presents Bed-Stuy Is Burning, a debut novel about a changing neighborhood and its residents, set over the course of one cataclysmic day in Brooklyn. After a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, and conflict escalates to rioting, the lives of six Bed-Stuy residents are changed…

    Local author Brian Platzer presents Bed-Stuy Is Burning, a debut novel about a changing neighborhood and its residents, set over the course of one cataclysmic day in Brooklyn. After a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, and conflict escalates to rioting, the lives of six Bed-Stuy residents are changed indelibly. Bed-Stuy Is Burning tells the story of Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker; Amelia, his journalist girlfriend; Antoinette, devout nanny to Aaron and Amelia's son; Jupiter, the single father who lives on their block with his son, Derek; Daniel, Aaron's unhinged tenant in their basement unit; and Sara, a smart local girl, broiling with confusion and rage. As the day unfolds, these characters are forced to reckon with who they are and what truly matters to them. Platzer presents his book in conversation with fellow Bed-Stuy resident and Brooklyn native Simone Oliver, editor and former Digital Director at Allure, followed by a wine reception.

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  • Book Launch: Laura Dave presents Hello, Sunshine

    Laura Dave presents her latest novel Hello, Sunshine at Greenlight with a summery launch and reception perfect for the season! Dave follows up her bestselling book Eight Hundred Grapes with a new book about the secrets we keep, from others and from ourselves. Hello, Sunshine follows Sunshine Mackenize,…

    Laura Dave presents her latest novel Hello, Sunshine at Greenlight with a summery launch and reception perfect for the season! Dave follows up her bestselling book Eight Hundred Grapes with a new book about the secrets we keep, from others and from ourselves. Hello, Sunshine follows Sunshine Mackenize, who has it all — culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband—until she gets hacked. When Sunshine's secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She's forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she's tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life. Laura Dave launches her latest novel at Greenlight with a wine and treats reception.

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  • 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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