While most of Greenlight's live online events are free with registration, a few very special events require tickets to attend! All tickets include access to the featured event, and bundled tickets also include a copy of the featured book (shipping and pickup options vary). Here are our upcoming ticketed events, with details on how to reserve your spot.
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 PM
Hanif Abdurraqib presents A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
With special guests
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
Free with registration
Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib—recently announced as a guest Curator-at-Large at BAM—celebrates the launch of his new book A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, a profound reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. Whether it’s Merry Clayton singing in “Gimme Shelter,” a schoolyard fistfight, or a dance marathon, Abdurraqib delves into the poignancy of performances big and small. His work has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib’s own personal history of love, grief, and performance. This event will include ASL interpretation and Closed Captioning.
Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 PM
Morgan Jerkins presents Caul Baby
In conversation with Phoebe Robinson
Presented in partnership with HarperCollins
Following the critical and popular success of her first two books of nonfiction, New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins returns with her electrifying fiction debut, Caul Baby, a family saga filled with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic. The novel tells the story of the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power, and of the women whose desires for motherhood, success, and freedom entangle them with the mysterious family's fate. Engrossing and unique, Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart. Phoebe Robinson, bestselling author of Everything's Trash, But It's Okay and star of 2 Dope Queens, joins Jerkins in conversation. Greenlight is thrilled to partner with publisher HarperCollins to provide access to this exclusive reading and conversation event.
All tickets include access to the event and a hardcover copy of Caul Baby for store pickup or shipping (shipping available within the US only), and a bookplate signed by Morgan Jerkins (mailed separately). Note pickup and shipping options when purchasing tickets. Ticketholders will receive an exclusive login link from HarperCollins / Crowdcast preceding the event.
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 PM
Alison Bechdel presents The Secret to Superhuman Strength
In conversation with Roz Chast
Presented in partnership with the 92nd Street Y
Tickets $15 - $40
Fun Home author, comics giant and MacArthur Genius Award winner Alison Bechdel and beloved New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast join us for a conversation about Bechdel’s new book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength. Bechdel’s quest for this elusive secret leads her not just through a succession of fitness fads and exercise exploits, but into the more immaterial realms of creativity, loss, desire, addictive behavior, mortality, the problem of the self, and, for good measure, the nature of the universe. On her circuitous path, she enlists the aid of literary figures from the Transcendentalists and the British Romantics to Jack Kerouac. This deeply-layered graphic memoir charts one person’s lifelong effort, as diverting as it is dogged, to get the mind and body on the same page. Bechdel and Chast are two of the most original and influential figures in comics. Don’t miss the chance to hear them!
All tickets include access to the event; book-bundled tickets include a signed hardcover copy of The Secret to Superhuman Strength (shipping available within the US only). Ticketholders will receive an exclusive login link preceding the event.