Mary Gaitskill presents Somebody with a Little Hammer

05/22/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Literary icon Mary Gaitskill presents her first collection of essays, newly released in paperback. In essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal, Mary Gaitskill explores date rape and political adultery, the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of Björk, and the playfulness of artist Laurel Nakadate. She celebrates the clownish grandiosity and the poetry of Norman Mailer's long career and maps the sociosexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Michelle Tea Presents ​​Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms

05/24/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

Queer countercultural icon Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave and How to Grow Up, presents a new collection of journalistic essays on all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic. The razor-sharp but damaged Valerie Solanas, a doomed lesbian gang, recovering alcoholics, and teenage misfits: these are some of the larger-than-life, yet all-too-human figures populating America's fringes – and Tea’s new collection Against Memoir.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Linda Pastan - A Dog Runs Through It: Poems

05/08/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Reflecting on her long and celebrated career in poetry, two-time National Book Award finalist Linda Pastan was struck by the number of dogs that have appeared in her poems--whether as the primary subject or in the briefest of allusions. Dogs run through these poems, so to speak. The poems span the lighthearted to the serious, from the antics of training a recalcitrant dog to the grief at a beloved dog's death. With warmth, dignity, and quiet power, Pastan explores the many roles of these devoted animals, from household pet to Argos, Pluto, and the Dog Star.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sheila Heti - Motherhood

05/02/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation.

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Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Alexander Chee - How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

05/03/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist--and how we form our identities in life and in art.

As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as "masterful" by Roxane Gay, "incomparable" by Junot Diaz, and "incendiary" by the New York Times. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he's sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.

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Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Rumaan Alam in Conversation With Melissa Scholes Young

05/13/2018 - 3:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keep.

That Kind of Mother is written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut. Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose, and the lives that are chosen for us.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jesmyn Ward in Conversation With Aminatta Forna

05/09/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

In 2011, Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, and last year, she became the first woman to ever win twice. This time it was for Sing, Unburied, Sing, an American epic that earned her comparisons to William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. As Leonie, a mother struggling with drug abuse, drives with her children to bring her husband home from Parchman Farm, Mississippi’s state penitentiary, she and her thirteen-year-old son Jojo are visited by two ghosts.

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Rumaan Alam presents That Kind of Mother

05/14/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty (and Greenlight neighbor), presents his new novel That Kind of Mother, named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Buzzfeed, The Boston Globe, The Millions, and more. That Kind of Mother is a remarkable new novel of race, privilege, and parenthood, and the story of two mothers: one white and one black, and the families they fight to build and those they fight to keep.  When tragedy strikes, a woman is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son.

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Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

One Story Debutante Reading

05/03/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

One Story’s annual Literary Debutante Ball is a send-up of the debutante balls of old: instead of featuring young society ladies, it honors One Story authors who have published their first books in the past year.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Justin Phillip Reed presents Indecency

05/15/2018 - 7:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Greenlight is thrilled to host an evening of poetry and performance to celebrate the debut collection of poet Justin Phillip Reed.  Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order.

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Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Halifu Osumare presents Dancing in Blackness

05/21/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Halifu Osumare, author, dancer, and professor emerita of African American Studies at University of California, Davis, presents her globe-trotting, decades-spanning, deeply personal new memoir. Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir is the inspiring story of an accomplished dance artist and world-renowned dance scholar who boldly developed and proclaimed her identity as a Black woman.

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Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Maxim Loskutoff presents Come West and See

05/08/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Debut author Maxim Loskutoff, winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, presents Come West and See, a new collection of stories of the vibrant and haunted life in the rural Northwest. Set in the Redoubt, an isolated triangle of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming where an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge escalates into a separatist uprising, these stories explore the loneliness, insecurity, and frustration inherent to love and heartbreak.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

An Evening with Ig Publishing: Debut Authors in Conversation

05/07/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Talk

Greenlight welcomes back local Brooklyn indie press Ig Publishing for an evening celebrating two of their debut authors, Daniel Abbott and Dan Sheehan.  Daniel Abbott presents The Concrete, a striking new novel that grapples with the effects of childhood trauma, lost dreams, human sexuality, and the difficulties of marriage, and tells the story of one mixed-race family living in the gritty and impoverished southeast side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dan Sheehan presents Restless Souls, a moving and darkly funny meditation on friendship, the emotional ravages of war, and the

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Rachel Kushner presents The Mars Room

05/09/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers, presents a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping new novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. 2003, deep in California’s Central Valley: a young woman is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at the Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility.  Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Blanche McCrary Boyd presents Tomb of the Unknown Racist

05/17/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Guggenheim Fellow and Lambda Literary Award-winner Blanche McCrary Boyd (The Revolution of Little Girls, Terminal Velocity) presents her first novel in twenty years, picking up the story of her protagonist Ellen Burns and concluding her epic survey of political activism.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Arundhati Roy ​presents ​​The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

05/02/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Greenlight Bookstore is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to host Arundhati Roy for the paperback launch of her bestselling and award-winning novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.  A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace i

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Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Heather Abel and Lisa Ko

05/02/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Talk

Greenlight is thrilled to present an evening of conversation between debut Algonquin authors Heather Abel and Lisa Ko, moderated by author Mira Jacob.  Heather Abel presents her new novel The Optimistic Decade, an energetic story of revolution set at a utopian summer camp.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

“The Ruin of Kasch": A Night with Roberto Calasso

05/10/2018 - 6:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Talk

For more than three decades, Roberto Calasso—publisher of Italy’s esteemed Adelphi Edizioni—has been composing a multi-volume work-in-progress, the individual parts of which deal with highly diverse subjects, yet are closely interconnected. In exhilarating and original books such as The Marriage of Cadmus and HarmonyKa, and K., Calasso has delved into Greek mythology, the work of Franz Kafka, and ancient Hindu lore, among other topics.

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Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Poet Hope Jordan, with The Day She Decided to Feed Crows

04/26/2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Poet Hope Jordan returns to Gibson's to present her newest chapbook, The Day She Decided to Feed Crows!

Hope Jordan’s small book is stripped-to-the-bone precise — yellow jackets and sweet grass, ice fishing holes and old Buicks mark the landscape of people struggling in small towns where ‘Housewives overdose after Halloween.’ These are razor-sharp poems that tell us only just enough, restrained by love, and terror.” ~Sean Thomas Dougherty

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Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Contact Information

Gibson's Bookstore
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Viral Verse: Poetry Reading & Opening Reception for Jersey City Poetry Festival

04/21/2018 - 7:00pm to 11:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Jersey City Writers, in association with Jersey City Arts Council, is pleased to feature poems from Suzanne Parker, Rashad Wright, RADI, and Khadijah Danielian.  You will also hear curated readings from more than 15 local poets, which were selected from an open call for submissions. Afterwards, an opening reception with light fare and drink.  Tickets are $15 advance or $20 at the door.

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St. Matthews Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Roberto Calasso and Jonathan Galassi

05/09/2018 - 6:00pm
Poetry
Talk

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Roberto Calasso discuss the work of Alberto Savinio in conversation with Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, the Milan editorial house that has over the last forty years embarked on a rigorous project to re-issue Alberto Savinio’s literary oeuvre.

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Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Lunch Poems: Student Reading

05/03/2018 - 12:00pm
Poetry
Reading

One of the year’s liveliest events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

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UC Berkeley
South Hall Road Doe Library
Berkeley, CA 94704

Race in the Media: A Poetry Workshop

05/05/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Workshop/Performance

In this two hour workshop, we’ll encourage participants to think about representations of race in the media through poetry writing. Inspired by Claudia Rankine’s collection Citizen: An American Lyric, and other texts that grapple with race and visual imagery, our workshop encourages creative writing responses to the media. In particular, we will focus on representations of Black people and Asian Americans in the media, and reflect on questions of justice, solidarity, and poetics.

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Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Contact Information

Margaret Rhee
716-645-0923

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