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Quarantine Session #47: Ben Okri + Porochista Khakpour

By Ben Okri
Narrated by: Porochista Khakpour
Length: TBA

Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri launches his timely new collection of stories, Prayer for the Living, in conversation with novelist and essayist Porochista Khakpour. Their passionate and poetic conversation touches on the spiritual, political, aesthetic and emotional aspects of writing fiction, and in particular the tension for non-white... Read more »

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Ibi Zoboi (My Life) with Rita Williams Garcia at Greenlight Bookstore

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by: Rita Williams Garcia
Length: 57 minutes

Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich , in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness.... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #46: Clover Hope & Rachelle Baker + Briana Younger

By Clover Hope & Rachelle Baker
Narrated by: Briana Younger
Length: TBA

Journalist Clover Hope talks about the women who have shaped the music, power, and reach of rap in her new book, The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip Hop, along with the book's illustrator Rachelle Baker and critic Briana Younger. Hope and Baker talk about the choices they made in representing the style, humor, agency, and influence of women... Read more »

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Bridgett Davis (The World According to Fannie Davis) with James Hannaham at Greenlight Bookstore

By Bridgett Davis
Narrated by: James Hannaham
Length: 51 minutes

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Bridgett M. Davis offers an homage to an extraordinary parent in her memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers. She discusses the book (and complicated mothers) with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods. (Recorded at the Fort Greene bookstore on February... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #45: Gabrielle Korn + Whembley Sewell

By Gabrielle Korn
Narrated by: Whembley Sewell
Length: 57 minutes

Gabrielle Korn, former editor-in-chief of Nylon, discusses her new essay collection Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes with Whembley Sewell, editor-in-chief of Them. Along with discussions of editor vs. writer mindsets and the taboos around discussing money, especially for women, their conversation... Read more »

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Susan Straight (In the Country of Women) and Emily Bernard (Black is the Body) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Susan Straight
Narrated by: Emily Bernard
Length: 1 hours 10 minutes

Two highly celebrated authors tell the story of race and gender in America through their exquisitely written memoirs. Award-winning author Susan Straight’s memoir, In the Country of Women, is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. Straight writes of the hardships and... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #44: Mahogany L. Browne + Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

By Mahogany L. Browne
Narrated by: Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan
Length: 54 minutes

Acclaimed YA authors Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan open for poet and Greenlight neighbor Mahogany L. Browne as she launches debut YA book, Chlorine Sky! Hagan reads from her forthcoming Reckless, Glorious Girl and Watson reads from her forthcoming Love is a Revolution to set the stage for Browne's reading from Chlorine Sky. All three authors... Read more »

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Ezra Klein (Why We're Polarized) with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Ezra Klein & Ta-Nehisi Coates
Length: 1 hours 11 minutes

Acclaimed podcaster and political analyst Ezra Klein of Vox talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) in front of a packed house about the evolution of America’s broken system as outlined in his book Why We’re Polarized. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on February 2, 2020) Read more »

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Quarantine Session #43: Janica Nimura + Emily Silverman

By Janica Nimura
Narrated by: Emily Silverman
Length: 1 hours

Author and historian Janice P. Nimura launches her new book, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine, in conversation with Emily Silverman of The Nocturnists. Nimura contextualizes the often simplified story of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell (among the first women in the U.S. to earn... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #42: Min Jin Lee + Jennifer Buehler

By Min Jin Lee
Narrated by: Jennifer Buehler
Length: 1 hours 2 minutes

Novelist Min Jin Lee and scholar Jennifer Buehler, who both contributed writing to the new Penguin Classics edition of The Great Gatsby, explore Fitzgerald's iconic American novel on the occasion of the publication of the new edition. Lee and Buehler discuss how their experience of Gatsby has evolved over time, the novel's deep-seated ethics... Read more »

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Lindy West (Shrill) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Lindy West
Length: 1 hours 2 minutes

The inimitable Lindy West (author of Shrill) owns the stage at St. Joseph’s College for a reading from her new book The Witches Are Coming and a frank and hilarious talk on women (and men) in media and politics, internet trolls, abortion stories, and more. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on November 7, 2019) Read more »

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Quarantine Session #41: Daniel Loedel + Phil Klay

By Daniel Loedel
Narrated by: Phil Klay
Length: 1 hours 2 minutes

Bloomsbury editor Daniel Loedel launches his debut novel Hades, Argentina with a resonant conversation with National Book Award-winning novelist Phil Klay. Set during Argentina's Dirty War and partially based on Loedel's family history, the book serves as a starting place for conversation about the ethics of representing traumatic historical... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #40: Dale Maharidge + Sarah Smarsh

By Dale Maharidge
Narrated by: Sarah Smarsh
Length: 59 minutes

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge talks with friend and fellow journalist Sarah Smarsh about his new book Fucked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s. Maharidge has written about the American working class for decades, and the conversation ranges from the 1960s to the present exploring the intersections of... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #39: Robert Jones, Jr. + Kiese Laymon

By Robert Jones & Jr.
Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
Length: 1 hours 5 minutes

In this rich and powerful conversation, Robert Jones (creator of Son of Baldwin) launches his highly anticipated novel The Prophets in conversation with his friend and mentor Kiese Laymon. Jones addresses the necessity of depicting physical love in his story of black queer love in the era of slavery, the fierce brilliance of black women... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #38: Charles Yu + Charlie Jane Anders

By Charles Yu
Narrated by: Charlie Jane Anders
Length: 57 minutes

Award-winning novelist Charles Yu is joined by his friend, sci fi and fantasy author Charlie Jane Anders, to discuss Yu's novel Interior Chinatown, newly published in paperback and awarded the National Book Award just two weeks before this discussion!  Their conversation touches on metafiction, working in TV, satire in 2020, subjectivity... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #37: Tina Chang + Aimee Nezhukumatahil

By Tina Chang
Narrated by: Aimee Nezhukumatahil
Length: 59 minutes

Beloved poets Tina Chang (Hybrida) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders) discuss their latest books, both of which meditate on the themes of race, motherhood, and home through different lenses. The two authors discuss the challenges of writing in a world in which they didn't see the voices of Asian women being published, the process of... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #32: Deesha Philyaw + Kiese Laymon

By Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
Length: 57 minutes

Deesha Philyaw discusses her already beloved fiction debut The Secret Lives of Church Ladies in a joy-filled conversation with her close friend, poet and memoirist Kiese Laymon. While engaging with an enthusiastic virtual audience, the two authors discuss the challenges of the publishing world for Black writers -- especially when writing about... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #36:Jason Reynolds + Danica Novgorodoff

By Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Danica Novgorodoff
Length: 59 minutes

Greenlight Bookstore events director Jessica Stockton Bagnulo interviews Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff about Novgorodoff's graphic novel adaptation of Reynold's award-winning young adult novel, Long Way Down.  Their generous and brilliant conversation on craft and content explores the process of translating the novel's verse to the... Read more »

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Quarantine Session #35: Laura Marks + Carmen Maria Machado

By Ruth Franklin
Narrated by: Carmen Maria Machado
Length: 56 minutes

Two literary authors discuss their new horror-tinged graphic novels: Laura Marks on her blood-soaked 19th-century tale Daphne Byrne and Carmen Maria Machado on her spooky small-town story The Low, Low Woods. The authors talk about the connections between memoir, screenwriting, and comics writing, the rewards of working with a graphic artist on... Read more »

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