Immigrant Writing Series

In 2017 Greenlight launches a new Immigrant Writing Series, featuring literary events with a focus on the voices and experiences of immigrants. Events take place in our bookstore locations, and encompass a range of literary genres and event formats. Past authors include Ian Bassingthwaighte on Iraqi refugees in Egypt, Thi Bui on her family's journey to the U.S. from Vietnam, Elena Georgiou with short stories on a variety of immigrant experiences, Mohsin Hamid with a fantastical novel of global immigration, Lisa Ko's novel of undocumented Chinese immigrants robbed of their American-born children, Valeria Luiselli with a nonfiction account of Central American refugee children in New York, Deepak Unnikrishnan on the "guest workers" of the Persian Gulf, and Susan Kuklin with an oral history of undocumented young adults in America.  See below for a list of featured books.  Events are free and open to the public.

“We live in a country and in a borough that was built by and thrives because of its immigrants,” says Greenlight’s co-owner Rebecca Fitting. “We wanted to create this reading series because it's vital that as a community and culture, our world view stays broad, open, supportive and wide. Reading fiction and stories is an important way of exposing ourselves to the lives and emotions of other people. Nonfiction provides history and facts, but fiction weaves empathy into the mix and allows us to view things from perspectives, cultures and worlds other than our own.”

Upcoming events in this series:

Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Melissa Rivero presents The Affairs of the Falcóns
In conversation with Lisa Ko

Greenlight hosts the launch of Melissa Rivero’s highly anticipated debut novel The Affairs of the Falcóns as part of Greenlight’s ongoing Immigrant Writing Series. Inspired by Rivero and her family’s experience of living undocumented in New York City in the 1980s, the novel tells the story of Ana Cardenas, who along with her husband Lucho and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the family’s opportunities. As the pressure builds, Ana becomes increasingly desperate. While Lucho dreams of returning to Peru, Ana is deeply haunted by the demons she left behind and is determined to persevere in this new country. But how many sacrifices is she willing to make, and what lines must she cross to protect her family? The Affairs of the Falcóns is a beautiful, deeply urgent novel about the lengths one woman is willing to go to build a new life, and a vivid rendering of the American immigrant experience. Melissa Rivero presents her book in conversation with fellow novelist Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers (which she presented as part of the Immigrant Writing Series in 2017).

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062872357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 2nd, 2019

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults Cover Image
By Susan Kuklin, Susan Kuklin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - January 8th, 2019

Temporary People (Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant W) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632061423
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
ISBN: 9781616208042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

The Immigrant's Refrigerator Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998512648
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Genpop Books - February 6th, 2018

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
ISBN: 9781419718786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 17th, 2018

Live from Cairo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501146886
Availability: Available at our distributor; usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner - July 3rd, 2018