686 Fulton Street
(at South Portland)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Hours: 10 AM - 10 PM
Dear Friends and Fans of Greenlight,
Happy Memorial Day, and welcome to the summer season! We've got so much going on at Greenlight in the next few weeks that we're excited about: The history of the Internet! Old school graffiti artists! A kids' party with Peter Brown! Richard Russo and family! Fine art in the bookstore! An evening with Unbridled Books! Kingston comes to Brooklyn! Great young Brooklyn writers in conversation! Not to mention our delightful lineup of story time authors and illustrators, and a few recommendations for great neighborhood activities outside the bookstore. We hope to spend the summer with you!
As always, for a complete list of events, you can visit our website here. Signed copies are often available after author events; click here for a current list.
|All events at Greenlight Bookstore are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. RSVPs are appreciated to give us a sense of what to expect, but seating is first come, first served. Closest subways are the C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, or any train to Atlantic/Pacific; click here for a map.|
Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 PM
Author Andrew Blum discusses Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet with Matt Weiland
Brooklyn-based Wired magazine writer Andrew Blum takes readers on a journey around the world to understand what everyone uses but few understand: the Internet. From the room in L.A. where the Internet began, to the coast of Portugal as a new transatlantic undersea cable that connects West Africa and Europe is laid down, to the the monumental data centers that Google and Facebook have built in the wilds of Oregon, Blum chronicles the dramatic story of the Internet's development and explains how it all works. Blum will discuss the intricacies of the Internet and his own writer's journey with W. W. Norton editor (and Fort Greene neighbor) Matt Weiland, who was Blum's editor for Tubes during his time at HarperCollins.
Click here to RSVP / join this event on Facebook
Click here to order Tubes online (indicate if you would like a signed copy).
Friday, June 1, 7:30 PM
Authors Alan Fleisher and Paul Iovino present Classic Hits: New York's Pioneering Subway Graffiti Writers
Signing by subway writers Ale 1, Blade 1, FDT 56, CLYDE, and SNAKE-1, and others
Early 70s New York saw the growth of a new artistic phenomenon: created by kids, for kids, graffiti became one of the greatest and most influential artistic movements of our time, spawning contemporary artists like Seen, Banksy, and Revok. In Classic Hits, Bronx natives Alan Fleisher (ALE) and Paul Iovino (SKAY) talk about where it all started, drawing on their first-hand knowledge of graffiti culture and continued friendship with other pioneers to create the most visual book on early 1970s graffiti ever published, including essays and quotations from the greats of the era. Alan and Paul will talk briefly about their experiences and host a signing with writers featured in the book, including Ale 1, Blade 1 and others, to a custom-made soundtrack of 1970s hits!
Book trailer: http://vimeo.com/34886709
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Click here to order Classic Hits online (indicate if you would like a signed copy)
Saturday, June 2, 11 AM
SPECIAL SATURDAY STORY TIME:
First Book Fundraiser with author Peter Brown!
Greenlight pulls out all the stops for a great big story time event for a great cause, with phenomenal picture book author Peter Brown and literacy nonprofit First Book Brooklyn, the local chapter of the national nonprofit organization that provides new books to kids in need. Peter Brown is the highly acclaimed author of Children Make Terrible Pets and its sequel You Will Be My Friend, as well as The Curious Garden, based on the story of the creation of the Highline. First Book provides new books to children in need: since 1992, the organization has distributed more than 90 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities. Its Brooklyn chapter was founded in 2011 and supports exclusively Brooklyn-based schools, libraries, and related institutions. You can help Greenlight contribute to the cause with your purchases: we're donating 20% of all sales of children's books and toys purchased this Saturday to First Book-Brooklyn! Join us for a reading and drawing by Peter, a raffle with great prizes, and other surprises and giveaways at this very special Story Time!
* Children's book purchases made through our website on June 2 will be counted toward the First Book fundraiser!
Monday, June 4, 7:30 PM
Author Richard Russo and artist Kate Russo present Interventions
Introduction by Emily Russo
In December 2011, Pulitzer-prize winning author Richard Russo (author of seven novels including Empire Falls) wrote a now-famous New York Times editorial defending the value of bookstores in an increasingly digital age. Now, Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to create Interventions, a triumphantly analog tribute to the printed book. In a unique format of four volumes in a slipcase (printed in the United States on the finest sustainably harvested papers), Interventions combines the previously unpublished novella "Intervention" with three shorter works, two of which have not been published in book form. Each volume is paired with a small color print of a painting by Kate Russo. Richard and Kate will discuss their collaboration and the surrounding issues, and will be introduced by Richard's daughter and Kate's sister Emily Russo, a bookseller at Greenlight.
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 (all day)
SONYA Studio Art Stroll:
Greenlight presents the art of George Spencer
This summer, South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA) presents their 13th Annual Studio Art Stroll, a self-guided tour of SONYA Artist members, studios, and galleries within our community. Greenlight is honored to be one of many local businesses displaying the work of local artists for the Stroll, and excited to present the art of George Spencer! Spencer lives and works in the neighborhood (his Washington Avenue studio Presents Gallery is half a block from the Navy Yard). He has displayed his art both publicly and privately around the city, and his work has sold to collectors around the world. Greenlight will be showcasing paintings from Spencer's "The Boxing Series," begun in 1989 and now encompassing thousands of paintings which go beyond the sport of boxing to personify universal emotions. Stop by Greenlight any time this weekend to take a look at the art for sale, and pick up a Stroll map or visit SONYA's website for other art locations this weekend!
Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 PM
An Evening with Unbridled Books
Edward Falco, author of Saint John of the Five Boroughs
Richard Kramer, author of These Things Happen (forthcoming)
Janyce Stefan-Cole, author of Hollywood Boulevard
Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet
Moderated by editor Greg Michalson
Reception to follow
Independent publisher Unbridled Books was founded in 2003 by veteran editors Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson with the goal of publishing "works of rich literary quality that appeal to a broad audience." Greenlight is honored to celebrate Unbridled's work tonight with a reading and panel discussion with some of their most exciting authors. Edward Falco's Saint John of the Five Boroughs (2009) examines the effects of violence, both personal and cultural, on its characters' lives - themes he continues to explore in his new controversial Godfather prequel, The Family Corleone (published by Grand Central). Richard Kramer was the director/writer/producer of many hit TV shows including My So-Called Life and Thirtysomething; his forthcoming novel These Things Happen is the story of an elite Manhattan family reexamining itself in the aftermath of an act of violence. Brooklyn author Janyce Stefan-Cole's new novel Hollywood Boulevard is the story of an aging former actress whose voyeurism takes a turn when she finds herself being stalked. And Brooklyn author Emily St. John Mandel reinvents noir for the 21st century with The Lola Quartet, an atmospheric story of jazz, drugs, foreclosed homes, and missing children. The discussion will be followed by a wine reception with authors and editors.
Click here for book buying information (indicate if you would like signed copies when ordering)
Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 PM
NYC Book Launch for Kingston Noir With editor Colin Channer and contributor Christopher John Farley
Launched with the award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books' groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies continues with Kingston Noir, shining light into the darkest corners of the fabled Jamaican city. Featuring contributors such as Marlon James, Chris Abani, and Kwame Dawes, the collection balances a menacing tone with clever humor, and explores the literary wellspring that is Jamaica. The collection is edited by Kingston native Colin Channer, author of The Girl with the Golden Shoes, who will launch the book at Greenlight this evening along with contributor Christopher John Farley, a Jamaican-born journalist and author who is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Click here to order Kingston Noir (indicate if you would like a signed copy)
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Thursday, June 14, 7:30 PM
Author Kate Christensen discusses The Astral with fellow author Jami Attenberg
PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author Kate Christensen celebrates the paperback release of her newest novel The Astral with longtime friend and fellow Brooklyn author Jami Attenberg! In the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, rests a huge rose-colored apartment building called The Astral. For decades it was the happy home of the poet Harry Quirk and his family; but when his wife suspects infidelity, Harry is summarily kicked out, leaving him to reckon with the consequences of his literary, marital, and parental failures. Kate will discuss the book and her Greenpoint roots with Jami Attenberg, author of several novels including The Middlesteins, forthcoming in October.
Click here to order The Astral (indicate if you would like a signed copy)
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Sunday, June 3rd, 12:30pm
Behind Brooklyn: A Scavenger Hunt for a Good Cause
Greenlight is proud to support Behind the Book, a NYC- based non-profit organization that promotes young readership in public schools. The Behind Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt is a fun-filled afternoon featuring a mad dash through Brooklyn's best bars and bookstores, from Fort Greene to Red Hook, with plenty of surprises in between. Ticket price includes a closing party with beer, wine, BBQ, prizes and live music, as well as drink deals along the way. Teams can register in groups of 2-6. All proceeds will support Behind the Book's work in NYC public schools.
Team registration at 12:15pm at Der Schwarze Kolner Beer Garden, 710 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
Friday, June 8, 5:30 PM
Music Where It Matters Most
Brooklyn launch event & community outreach
Sing-a-long, musical performance, dinner, dessert, dialogue & demonstration
Featuring Lisa Gutkin of the Klezmatics and other special guests
Music Where It Matters Most is dedicated to placing the joy of music in the hearts and minds of inner city children, championing the idea that every child has a voice that can make music. Through exposure to American classical traditions (jazz, rhythm & blues, folk & roots), European classical & world music, MWMM brings virtuosic solo musicians & ensembles to children in interactive settings. Join them for this FREE kick-off event for kids (all ages) and parents!
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
85 South Oxford Street (between Fulton Street & Lafayette Avenue)
Complimentary dinner & soft drinks 5:30 - 6:30 pm
FREE MUSIC 6:45 - 8:00 pm with Grammy winning artist, Lisa Gutkin of the famed Klezmatics & special surprise musical friends
For more information, contact Erica Kalick, executive director of Music Where It Matters Most, at firstname.lastname@example.org