While Greenlight's in-store events are always free and open to the public, some events at our partner venues require tickets to attend! All tickets include access to the featured event, and bundled tickets also include a copy of the featured book to be picked up onsite. Here are our upcoming ticketed events, with details on how to reserve your spot.
OFF-SITE: Live at The Bell House!
Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 PM
Book launch: Reggie Watts presents Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again
Tickets $45 (book included)
Reggie Watts is weird. But you knew that. Anyone who’s seen his multifaceted, entirely improvised comedy and music shows knows that. Reggie Watts is also from the town of Great Falls, MT. These two facts are not unrelated.
Watts grew up in Montana in the ‘80s, half French, half American, half white, half Black, speaking a bunch of different languages and slipping between the orchestra geeks and the football jocks until he finally found a squad of fellow misfits with an affinity for trouble. It was a wide-open time and place that invited freedom and exploration—as well as car theft and the not infrequent use of recreational cough syrup. And it helped him become the uniquely strange creative voice he is today.
In Great Falls, MT, Watts takes us through his story, hitting on the culture shock he experienced after moving from Europe to the heart of America, where he was called racial slurs by neighbors but wasn’t Black enough for his father’s extended family. Where he fought with his authoritarian dad, built a new family of antiestablishment, post-punk oddballs—and ultimately knew he had to leave. But after Watts’s career exploded in Seattle and New York, ultimately scoring him a nightly place next to James Corden on The Late Late Show, he found himself drawn back to his hometown after the deaths of his parents. This is his love letter to the town that made him. But like love itself, it’s messy and complicated and dirty and beautiful—and as weird and wonderful as Watts himself.
Copies of Reggie Watt's book Great Falls, MT will be for sale at this event. Mask-wearing is recommended to attend this event. Ages 21+. This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.
Click here to get tickets for October 17! SOLD OUT!
OFF-SITE: St. Joseph's University!
Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 PM
Book launch: Viet Thanh Nguyen presents A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial
In conversation with Lisa Hsiao Chen
Tickets $28 (book included)
Greenlight and St. Joseph's are honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen to celebrate the launch of his new release, A Man of Two Faces. Named one of the most anticipated books of the year, Nguyen rewinds the film of his own life. He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and ideas about Vietnam and America, writing with his trademark sardonic wit and incisive analysis, as well as a deep emotional openness about his life as a father and a son. A Man of Two Faces explores the necessity of both forgetting and of memory, the promises America so readily makes and breaks, and the exceptional life story of one of the most original and important writers working today. Please join us at St. Joseph's for what is sure to be a glorious celebration.
OFF-SITE: Kings Theatre
Saturday, October 21, 8:00 PM
Show and Tell presents Fran Lebowitz
Tickets starting at $60 (book not included)
Doors open 7:00 PM
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an "important humorist in the classic tradition." Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.
Greenlight Bookstore will offer copies of The Fran Lebowitz Reader and other titles onsite at the event.
OFF-SITE: St. Joseph's University!
Monday, November 6, 7:30 PM
Jhumpa Lahiri presents Roman Stories
Interviewer to be announced!
Tickets $27 (book included)
Greenlight and St. Joseph's are honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri to celebrate the launch of her newest release, Roman Stories. Written in Jhumpa Lahiri’s adopted language of Italian and seamlessly translated by the author, Rome is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine stories. The first short story collection by the master of the form since her number one New York Times bestseller Unaccustomed Earth, please join us at St. Joseph's for what is sure to be a glorious celebration.
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm
Samantha Seneviratne presents Bake Smart: Sweets & Secrets from My Oven to Yours
Tickets $25 with option to purchase discounted book
Join cookbook author and recipe developer Samantha Seneviratne in celebrating the release of her latest book, Bake Smart. This 2-hour release party will include a demo from Samantha as well as an opportunity to get signed copies of the book, enjoy bites and drinks, and also tour the amazing hydroponic farm. In this cookbook, Samantha debunks baking myths, strips away common fears, and spotlights wisdom that make baking easier, less intimidating, and more enjoyable. Hosting at Farm.One means not only sharing bites from the book and a recipe in the gorgeous demo kitchen, but also uniting in the mission of making delicious food simple and accessible.
Books will be provided by Greenlight Bookstore. Books pre-purchased with tickets will be 15% off, and books on-site will be sold at full price. All books will be signed at the event!
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 PM
Squawkin’ Sports Party
Hosted by Patrick Sauer & David J. Roth
Featuring Russ Bengtson & Alex Squadron
Tickets: $10, $45, or $80
Created and hosted by writers Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth, Squawkin’ Sports is an ongoing series featuring book chats with grown-up authors writing about grown-ups playing kiddie games. This month, Squawkin' Sports is hosting a special in-person event at Die Stammkneipe Brooklyn (710 Fulton St.). Sauer and Roth chat with Russ Bengtson, author of A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers and Alex Squadron, author of Life in the G: Minor League Basketball and the Relentless Pursuit of the NBA.
From primeval Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars to baroque Reebok Pumps and myth-making Air Jordans to super-high-tech Nike Adapt BBs, A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers tells the story of hoops as only shoes can. Each chapter breaks down how a specific sneaker defined an era of basketball, transformed the culture, or changed the game both on and off the court.
Welcome to the G League—the official minor league of the National Basketball Association. Life in the G is about the arduous quest to achieve an improbable goal: making it to the NBA. Life in the G League is far from glamorous. Players make enormous sacrifices and work unimaginable hours in the hope that someone in the NBA will give them a chance. To this day, very few fans—even the most passionate followers of the NBA—know much about the G League. In the fall of 2021, the Birmingham Squadron granted author Alex Squadron complete access to the team to capture the experience of playing in the league.
Join us at DSK for a Squawkin' Sports interview and party!
$10 includes admission and a beer (or wine)
$45 includes one book and a beer (or wine)
$80 includes both books and a beer (or wine)
DSK is located at 710 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217