Greenlight is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to host exciting authors in the grand lobby of the Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. These events take place after the library is closed to the public and require a ticket for admission. Past guests have included Cecile Richards, and Arundhati Roy,
The Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
Tickets or RSVPs are typically required for admission to all Brooklyn Public Library events; some tickets include a copy of the book, distributed at the event. Visit www.bklynlibrary.org/bpl-presents to reserve your seat through BPL's webpage. You can also use the "Add to Cart" buttons at the bottom of this page to purchase a book without attending an event; include any signing requests in the Order Comments field at checkout.
Spring 2020 BPL Presents Events:
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 PM
Alex Halberstadt presents Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning
In conversation with Masha Gessen
Free with RSVP
In Young Heroes of the Soviet Union, award-winning author Alex Halberstadt embarks on a quest to name and acknowledge a legacy of family trauma, and to end a century-old cycle of estrangement. In Ukraine he tracks down his paternal grandfather—most likely the last living bodyguard of Joseph Stalin—to reckon with the ways in which decades of Soviet totalitarianism shaped three generations of his family. He visits Lithuania, his Jewish mother’s home, to examine the legacy of the Holocaust and pernicious anti-Semitism that remains largely unaccounted for. And he returns to his birthplace, Moscow, where his glamorous grandmother designed homespun couture for Soviet ministers’ wives, his mother consoled dissidents at a psychiatric hospital, and his father made a dangerous living dealing in black-market American records. Along the way, Halberstadt traces the fragile and indistinct boundary between history and biography. Finally, he explores his own story: that of an immigrant who arrived in America, to a housing project in Queens, New York. A now fatherless ten-year-old boy struggling with identity, rootlessness, and a yearning for home, he became another in a line of sons who grew up separated from their fathers by the tides of politics and history. Halberstadt launches his book in conversation with Masha Gessen, New Yorker writer and author of eleven books of nonfiction, including the National Book Award winner The Future Is History.