Brooklyn Voices: A Literary Series at St. Joseph's College

Greenlight Bookstore partners with St. Joseph's College to present the Brooklyn Voices series of literary presentations and discussions. Since 2012, the series has hosted luminary authors including Michael Chabon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, John Darnielle, Junot Diaz, Nathan Englander, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Hayes, Khaled Hosseini, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jhumpa Lahiri, Greil Marcus, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Marie Ponsot, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti Smith, Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and others at Tuohy Hall, part of the college’s historic Pratt-designed campus in Clinton Hill.

Tickets or RSVPs are required for admission to all Brooklyn Voices events; some tickets include a copy of the book, distributed at the event. Click the "Buy Tickets" button below each event to reserve your seat through EventBrite. 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.

Fall 2019 Season:

Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 PM
Paperback launch: Dan Rather presents What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
In conversation with Katy Tur
Tickets $20 (includes seat and book)

In his latest book, venerated journalist Dan Rather reflects on—and writes passionately about—what it means to be an American. With this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles and freedoms that define us. He traces where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions. With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one. Rather discusses his work with NBC News Correspondent Katy Tur at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series.

Each $20 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a paperback copy of What Unites Us. Books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale; Dan Rather and Katy Tur will sign books following the discussion.



Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM
Ann Patchett presents The Dutch House
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, it is a book that reads quickly, but what happens to siblings Danny and Maeve will stay with readers for a very long time. Patchett launches her book at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series.

Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Dutch House; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Ann Patchett will sign books following the discussion.



Sunday, September 29, 4:30 PM
Eric Foner presents The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
In conversation with Chris Hayes
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner presents his latest work, The Second Founding, at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series. The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States. Foner's compact, insightful history traces the arc of these pivotal amendments from their dramatic pre-Civil War origins to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century. Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past: knowledge and vigilance are always necessary to secure our basic rights. Foner discusses his work with journalist and “All In” host Chris Hayes.

Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Second Founding; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Eric Foner will sign books following the discussion.



Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 PM
Mark Bittman presents How to Cook Everything – Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food
In conversation with Melissa Clark
Tickets free with RSVP; VIP tickets $45 (include book and pre-event reception)

New York Times food writer Mark Bittman presents the twentieth anniversary edition of his famed cookbook How to Cook Everything, the definitive guide to simple home cooking since its original publication. This new edition has been completely revised for today’s cooks while retaining Bittman’s trademark minimalist style: easy-to-follow recipes and variations, and tons of ideas and inspiration. And, new for this edition, recipes are showcased throughout with color photos, making this classic cookbook more indispensable than ever. Bittman celebrates the launch of this twentieth anniversary edition of a landmark in American food with a reception and conversation with fellow New York Times food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark, at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices series.

Admission to this event is free, but RSVP is required. A limited number of VIP tickets include a copy of How to Cook Everything and a pre-event reception with Mark from 6 PM to 7 PM. Ticket-bundled books are distributed on site, and additional books are for sale. Mark Bittman will sign books following the discussion.



Thursday, November 7, 7:30 PM
Lindy West presents The Witches are Coming
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Firebrand NY Times columnist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, provides a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique that answers the fundamental question of this hellish political moment – how did we get here? – by dissecting the films, television series, internet phenomena, and lifestyle gurus that have taught us who we are. In order to build a just and livable future, West says, we need to first break apart the myths we've been telling ourselves about ourselves (and each other) for generations, the assumptions we swallow as fact (and the facts we deny), and reckon with all the dark truths we've long left unexamined. At once side-splittingly funny and irresistibly thought-provoking, The Witches Are Coming gives us all the kindling we need to burn our restrictive and outdated social norms to the ground. West presents her new book at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices Series.

Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of The Witches are Coming; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Lindy West will sign books following the discussion.



Can't make it to a Brooklyn Voices event?  You can still order the featured books below, and request a signed or personalized copy in the Order Comments field at checkout!  Signed books will be available following the scheduled event. Please note that purchase of a book is not equivalent to purchase of a ticket. 



 

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209940
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food Cover Image
$37.00
ISBN: 9781328545435
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2019

The Witches Are Coming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019