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When acclaimed author Yiyun Li and A Public Space magaine invited people to read War and Peace together at the start of the pandemic, thousands around the globe joined for an 85-day journey through Tolstoy’s epic novel. Tolstoy Together, based on this experiment, is a book about the art of reading and an invitation to the collective act of book dis…
 
Award-winning journalist Eyal Press joined Greenlight to present his groundbreaking, urgent book Dirty Work, which illuminates the moving, sometimes harrowing stories of the people doing the work that society considers essential but morally compromised. Urging us to think about both secrecy and apathy as enabling injustice, Dirty Work reveals funda…
 
What does it mean to write a narrative of yourself? Whiting award winner Nadia Owusu joined Greenlight to launch the paperback edition of Aftershocks, her debut book and a deeply felt memoir about belonging, the seismic emotional toll of family secrets, and the heart it takes to pull oneself out of the wreckage. Tope Folarin (A Particular Kind of B…
 
Bestselling authors Deborah Copaken and New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend (also Copaken’s actual friend!) graced Greenlight’s virtual stage for the launch of Copaken’s new memoir, Ladyparts. An inventory of both the female body and the body politic of womanhood in America, Ladyparts moves body part by body part and confronts divorce, single mother…
 
On the heels of an unprecedented, unforgettable year of quarantine, Geoff Manaugh (A Burglar’s Guide to the City) and science journalist Nicola Twilley launched their new book, Until Proven Safe. Tracing the history and future of quarantine around the globe, Manaugh and Twilley unfold the connections between emergency isolation and freedom, governa…
 
Katie Kitamura, acclaimed author of A Separation and Greenlight neighbor, joined us virtually to launch her electrifying new novel. In Intimacies, an interpreter and woman of many languages and identities relocates to The Hague in search of a sense of home and finds herself drawn into simmering dramas of violence, political controversy, betrayal, a…
 
Award-winning author Joshua Henkin graces the virtual Greenlight stage to share from his sweeping new novel Morningside Heights, “a richly textured family portrait” (Wall Street Journal) about a marriage enduring hardship, cognitive decline, estrangement, and reconnection. Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge) engages Henkin in a conversation that …
 
Critically acclaimed author Kiese Laymon and Robert Jones Jr. (The Prophets) discuss and celebrate the newly revised and reissued Long Division, Laymon’s 2013 debut novel. Described by the New York Times as “a time-traveling metafictional romp set in Mississippi that probes fame, creativity and the toll of racism,” Long Division upends conventions …
 
Author Zakiya Dalila Harris alights at Greenlight to launch her debut novel The Other Black Girl, a whip-smart thriller and crackling social commentary on the trials of being a Black woman in an overwhelmingly white industry. Harris talks with Brit Bennett (bestselling author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half) about navigating the whiteness of …
 
In his new book Films of Endearment, filmmaker and critic Michael Koresky revisits the important and popular female-driven films of the 1980s he grew up watching with his mother—9 to 5, Terms of Endearment, The Color Purple, and Aliens, to name a few—to trace out a poignant personal history of family, grief, and resilience. Mark Harris (Pictures at…
 
Author Brandon Taylor interviews fellow novelist and travel writer Maggie Shipstead about her epic novel Great Circle, a world-spanning tale of women “navigating the ice floes of patriarchy.” From evolving ways of defining (or not defining) gender through the past two centuries, to Hollywood gossip and the perennial challenge of writing reprehensib…
 
This virtual launch event for Joan Silber’s newest novel Secrets of Happiness drew a passionate crowd for her conversation with fellow novelist Margot Livesey about themes of money, love, travel, and spirituality. Livesey and Silber talked about her desire to write “big and small at the same time” with closely observed interiority but wide scope in…
 
Bestselling memoirist Stephanie Danler celebrates the paperback release of her most recent work Stray with author Kara Preiss and actor Emma Roberts, co-founders of the literary website Belletrist. The trio talk about writing as a way to survive a troubled home life, the challenges, regrets, and requirements of memoir, and the fascinating taboos ar…
 
Adam Mansbach, best known as creator of the parodic children’s book Go the F*ck to Sleep as well as several award-winning novels, opens up about his memoir of his brother’s suicide I Had a Brother Once in conversation with poet and memoirist Saeed Jones. Their moving and vulnerable conversation circles around the ways that grief runs up against cli…
 
Greenlight neighbor J. Nicole Jones discusses Low Country, her new memoir of her South Carolina family, with Allie Rowbottom, Allie Rowbottom (author of the memoir Jell-O Girls). The two talk about the writing process, the book's grounding in Southern storytelling traditions, and the act of reclaiming stories through the retelling, especially for w…
 
Author (and indie bookstore owner!) Michaela Carter discusses her new book Leonora in the Morning Light, a novel of the real-life Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, with fellow author Kate Christensen (The Great Man). The two novelists discuss the intersections of painting and writing, women artists as muses for each other, madness and dreams, a…
 
National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and Man Booker finalist Rachel Kushner discusses her new collection of nonfiction, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020, with fellow author Hari Kunzru (author of Red Pill and White Tears). The two authors discuss self-examination vs. self-mythologizing in writing about one's own life, writing abo…
 
Andrew Ridker (author of The Altruists) interviews his longtime friend Sanjena Sathian about her epic debut novel Gold Diggers, an Indian American family story with a magical twist. Their conversation encompasses alchemy, the real and metaphorical meanings of gold, the Desi community in Atlanta, various writing workshop experiences, and bucking the…
 
Poets Victoria Chang and Vijay Seshradi join poet and editor Edward Hirsch to celebrate the publication of the anthology 100 Poems to Break Your Heart. Hirsch, whose exploratory essays accompany each poem in the book, discusses the craft of writing about grief, and each poet reads a poem (Stanley Kunitz's "Halley's Comet, Chang's "Blue Dress", and …
 
Dawnie Walton launches her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, a fictional oral history of a 1970s rock ’n’ roll duo, in conversation with fellow author Kiley Reid (author of Such a Fun Age). The two women talk about the challenges of writing about music and juggling multiple voices, their overlapping experiences with the Iowa Writers Wor…
 
Craig Taylor's new book New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time comes to life with local actors portraying some of the 75 fascinating city residents featured in the book! Taylor introduces readings by Craig Geraghty, Maggie Hoffman, Aaron Landsman, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Scott Shepherd, Erika Chong Shuch, Jahmorei Snipes, and Ben Williams, fo…
 
Content warning: This episode discusses suicide and death. Reporter Katie Engelhart discusses her compassionate and thoughtful new book The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die with author Larissa MacFarquhar (author of Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help). Their discussion eschews judgement while co…
 
Greenlight neighbor Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind) talks with returning favorite Hala Alyan about her new novel The Arsonist's City, a rich family story which is also a love letter to Beirut. The two writers discuss the challenges of writing in the pandemic and their own writing routines as well as the differences between writing prose and po…
 
Greenlight neighbor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan interviews bestselling author Carol Edgarian about her cinematic and adventurous novel Vera, set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Their conversation delves into the history of the event and the parallels of a society teetering on disaster and fraught with political corrupt…
 
Duende District bookstore owner Angela Spring is the guest host for this special event with Naima Coster presenting her new book What’s Mine and Yours in conversation with National Book Award winning author Elizabeth Acevedo. The participants' mutual admiration is evident in their warm and brilliant craft- and character-driven discussion about the …
 
To celebrate the launch of her highly anticipated biography Tom Stoppard: A Life, venerated biographer Hermione Lee interviews Stoppard himself in an affectionate and witty accompaniment to the book. The biographer and the playwright -- both knighted by the British crown -- talk through Stoppard's life from his childhood in Darjeeling, his experien…
 
Priyanka Champaneri presents her new book The City of Good Death, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, in conversation with a past winner of the prize, Grace Talusan. In their discussion of Priyanka's novel set in Varanasi, India, a tale full of memory, ritual, and the uncanny, the two authors talk about personal and cultur…
 
Marie Arnold talks with award-winning middle grade author Zoraida Córdova about Arnold's debut middle grade novel, The Year I Flew Away. The book’s main character makes a deal with a witch to be popular and "American", and Marie and Zoraida's hilarious and moving discussion encompasses Haitian and Ecuadorian magic traditions, the challenges of depi…
 
Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri launches his timely new collection of stories, Prayer for the Living, in conversation with novelist and essayist Porochista Khakpour. Their passionate and poetic conversation touches on the spiritual, political, aesthetic and emotional aspects of writing fiction, and in particular the tension for non-white write…
 
Journalist Clover Hope talks about the women who have shaped the music, power, and reach of rap in her new book, The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip Hop, along with the book's illustrator Rachelle Baker and critic Briana Younger. Hope and Baker talk about the choices they made in representing the style, humor, agency, and influence of women rap…
 
Gabrielle Korn, former editor-in-chief of Nylon, discusses her new essay collection Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes with Whembley Sewell, editor-in-chief of Them. Along with discussions of editor vs. writer mindsets and the taboos around discussing money, especially for women, their conversation focu…
 
Acclaimed YA authors Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan open for poet and Greenlight neighbor Mahogany L. Browne as she launches debut YA book, Chlorine Sky! Hagan reads from her forthcoming Reckless, Glorious Girl and Watson reads from her forthcoming Love is a Revolution to set the stage for Browne's reading from Chlorine Sky. All three authors then co…
 
Author and historian Janice P. Nimura launches her new book, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine, in conversation with Emily Silverman of The Nocturnists. Nimura contextualizes the often simplified story of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell (among the first women in the U.S. to earn medical …
 
Novelist Min Jin Lee and scholar Jennifer Buehler, who both contributed writing to the new Penguin Classics edition of The Great Gatsby, explore Fitzgerald's iconic American novel on the occasion of the publication of the new edition. Lee and Buehler discuss how their experience of Gatsby has evolved over time, the novel's deep-seated ethics and re…
 
Bloomsbury editor Daniel Loedel launches his debut novel Hades, Argentina with a resonant conversation with National Book Award-winning novelist Phil Klay. Set during Argentina's Dirty War and partially based on Loedel's family history, the book serves as a starting place for conversation about the ethics of representing traumatic historical events…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge talks with friend and fellow journalist Sarah Smarsh about his new book Fucked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s. Maharidge has written about the American working class for decades, and the conversation ranges from the 1960s to the present exploring the intersections of poverty…
 
In this rich and powerful conversation, Robert Jones (creator of Son of Baldwin) launches his highly anticipated novel The Prophets in conversation with his friend and mentor Kiese Laymon. Jones addresses the necessity of depicting physical love in his story of black queer love in the era of slavery, the fierce brilliance of black women including t…
 
Award-winning novelist Charles Yu is joined by his friend, sci fi and fantasy author Charlie Jane Anders, to discuss Yu's novel Interior Chinatown, newly published in paperback and awarded the National Book Award just two weeks before this discussion! Their conversation touches on metafiction, working in TV, satire in 2020, subjectivity (especially…
 
Beloved poets Tina Chang (Hybrida) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders) discuss their latest books, both of which meditate on the themes of race, motherhood, and home through different lenses. The two authors discuss the challenges of writing in a world in which they didn't see the voices of Asian women being published, the process of setti…
 
Greenlight Bookstore events director Jessica Stockton Bagnulo interviews Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff about Novgorodoff's graphic novel adaptation of Reynold's award-winning young adult novel, Long Way Down. Their generous and brilliant conversation on craft and content explores the process of translating the novel's verse to the graphic n…
 
Two literary authors discuss their new horror-tinged graphic novels: Laura Marks on her blood-soaked 19th-century tale Daphne Byrne and Carmen Maria Machado on her spooky small-town story The Low, Low Woods. The authors talk about the connections between memoir, screenwriting, and comics writing, the rewards of working with a graphic artist on inte…
 
Authors Adam Kirsch and Ruth Franklin explore the legacy of Jewish literature in the 20th century on the occasion of the publication of Kirsch's book The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century. Kirsch and Franklin explore the evolving ideas of Jewish identity, neuroses and depictions of faith, the dividin…
 
Acclaimed novelist and memoirist Bridgett M. Davis talks with music writer and educator Maureen Mahon about Mahon's book Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll and the challenges of Black female rule breakers and trendsetters. The two explore how thinking differently about genre allows us to think about music and musicians d…
 
Deesha Philyaw discusses her already beloved fiction debut The Secret Lives of Church Ladies in a joy-filled conversation with her close friend, poet and memoirist Kiese Laymon. While engaging with an enthusiastic virtual audience, the two authors discuss the challenges of the publishing world for Black writers -- especially when writing about plea…
 
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and award-winning chef, author, and educator Bryant Terry offer an inspiring conversation on food and racial justice as they discuss Eric's book Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses. Eric talks about the terrible commonness of diabetes in his f…
 
Greenlight celebrates the re-opening of its stores with a star-studded evening with many of our favorite authors, MC’ed by poet Saeed Jones! Listen to Jia Tolentino read a nonfiction piece about her unborn child; Nathan Englander read from the beginning of his novel kaddish.com; Min Jin Lee read from an essay about public speaking from the New York…
 
The beloved 99% Invisible podcast takes book form in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, and host and creator Roman Mars and digital director and producer Kurt Kohlstedt talk with legendary podcaster, author and marketing expert Seth Godin about the transition. The trio of podcast pros talk about the streng…
 
Greenlight’s annual Brooklyn Indie Party (ten years and counting) goes virtual for 2020! Editors and publishers from eleven small publishers introduce authors Adam Smyer, Andrea Rosenberg, Stephanie Jean, Matthew Burgess, Kim McLarin, Jenzo DuQue, Megan Cummins, JinJin Xu, Rivka Galchen, Grace Schulman, and Zahra Patterson for an epic, cutting-edge…
 
The multi-talented Michael Ian Black discusses his book A Better Man: A (Mostly) Serious Letter to my Son with award-winning journalist and author Liz Plank in a conversation about toxic masculinity that is highly irreverent in the best way. Michael addresses topics from his father's death to his "artsy" childhood, and the emotional hardening that …
 
Set squarely in the context of an America ravaged by a pandemic and racial and political violence, Mychal Denzel Smith's discussion of his book Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream with novelist Brit Bennett is a fierce, brilliant and unapologetic conversation, leavened with gallows humor. Mychal delineates the distinction between being fo…
 
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