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

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by Rita Williams Garcia /  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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Susan Straight (In the Country of Women) and Emily Bernard (Black is the Body) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Susan Straight
Narrated by Emily Bernard /  1 hour 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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Race in America and the Lead-Up to the 2020 Election at Book Passage

By Paula Farmer, Brian Copeland, Ian Haney Lopez, Mimi Lok & Aya de Leon
1 hour 10 minutes

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Lindy West (Shrill) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Lindy West
1 hour 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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Bridgett Davis (The World According to Fannie Davis) with James Hannaham at Greenlight Bookstore

By Bridgett Davis
Narrated by James Hannaham /  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 #7 John Freeman with Julia Alvarez at Greenlight Bookstore

By John Freeman
Narrated by Julia Alvarez /  1 hour 8 minutes

Acclaimed authors and friends John Freeman and Julia Alvarez present their new books, both of which engages with questions of how we decide who to care for, which bodies matter, how we occupy space with strangers...and whose presences we don't see.  Freeman’s poetry collection The Park is a series of meditations inspired by The Luxembourg... Read More »

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Publication Date: July 20, 2020

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Episode QS1: Emily St. John Mandel with Isaac Fitzgerald at Greenlight Bookstore

By Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by Isaac Fitzgerald /  52 minutes

In Greenlight's first-ever virtual event, bestselling Brooklyn author Emily St. John Mandel launches her new novel, The Glass Hotel, in a brilliant and charming conversation with beloved author and interviewer Isaac Fitzgerald. The two discuss Ponzi schemes, ghosts, music, alternate universes, and of course the increased interest in Mandel's... Read More »

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Episode QS2: Robert Reich with Anand Giridharadas at Greenlight Bookstore

By Robert Reich
Narrated by Anand Giridharadas /  1 hour

Robert B. Reich, the best-selling author and commentator who has served in three presidential administrations, discusses his new book The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, with Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All). Speaking from opposite coasts, the two generate a blistering analysis of elections, banking, capitalism, corruption, and hope,... Read More »

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Quarantine Session #3 Emily Gould with Naomi Fry at Greenlight Bookstore

By Emily Gould
Narrated by Naomi Fry /  53 minutes

Author and publisher Emily Gould chats with her good friend (and New Yorker staff writer) Naomi Fry about Gould's new novel of music and parenthood, Perfect Tunes. Their quarantined conversation includes the difficulties of mothering in a pandemic, the ubiquity of vomit in the novel, lots of one-liners, and even some impromptu musical numbers.... Read More »

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Quarantine Session #4 Katy Simpson Smith with Rivka Galchen at Greenlight Bookstore

By Katy Simpson Smith
Narrated by Rivka Galchen /  53 minutes

Wife and husband political dynamos Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin talk about Indivisible – both the movement they co-founded and the book they co-wrote – and the inspiring strategies they are proving are effective for grassroots political change. (Recorded at our Prospect Lefferts Gardens store on November 5, 2019) Read More »

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Quarantine Session #5 Kathy Valentine with Lizz Winstead at Greenlight Bookstore

By Kathy Valentine
Narrated by Lizz Winstead /  57 minutes

Rock legend Kathy Valentine, bassist for the Go-Gos drummer, riffs on her memoir All I Ever Wanted /em> with fellow icon Lizz Winstead, humorist and founder of the Daily Show. Like the book, their conversation covers a lot of ground: the highs and lows of rock & roll, the challenges of being a woman in entertainment, abortion rights,... Read More »

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Quarantine Session #6 Jessica Anthony with Deb Olin Unferth at Greenlight Bookstore

By Jessica Anthony
Narrated by Deb Olin Unferth /  53 minutes

Jessica Anthony's Enter the Aardvark and Deb Olin Unferth's Barn 8 both engage with the ethics of contemporary political and cultural realities. In tonight's virtual conversation the two novelists (and longtime friends) get a chance to compare and contrast Anthony's novel of Washington corruption, deception, and absurdity, and Unferth's novel... Read More »

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Mark Bittman (How To Cook Everything) with Melissa Clark at Greenlight Bookstore

By Mark Bittman
Narrated by Melissa Clark /  51 minutes

Acclaimed food writer Mark Bittman celebrates the release of the 20th anniversary edition of his classic cookbook How To Cook Everything, in a lively conversation about America’s evolving foodways with fellow New York Times food writer Melissa Clark. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on October 2, 2019.) Read More »

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Blythe Roberson (How to Date Men When You Hate Men) at Greenlight Bookstore

By Blythe Roberson
Narrated by Blythe Roberson /  56 minutes

Blythe Roberson, writer, comedian, and researcher at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, launches her debut book How to Date Men When You Hate Men . The audiobook is a humorous guide for dating in the modern age (without going insane), especially for those facing difficulties like how to daydream about a gender that is actively oppressing them.... Read More »

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Dan Rather (What Unites Us) with Katy Tur at Greenlight Bookstore

By Dan Rather
Narrated by Katy Tur /  1 hour 10 minutes

Legendary journalist Dan Rather launches the paperback edition of his book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotisms in conversation with fellow news correspondent Katy Tur, in an evening focused on American ideals, journalistic integrity, and great storytelling. (Recorded at St. Joseph’s College on September 3, 2019.) Read More »

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Tash Aw (We, the Survivors) with Chimamanda Adichie at Greenlight Bookstore

By Tash Aw
Narrated by Chimamanda Adichie /  1 hour 5 minutes

Novelist Tash Aw talks with his close friend, literary superstar Chimamanda Adichie, about his newest novel We, the Survivors, touching on questions of representation (or the lack of it), the intersections of poverty and violence, and the evolving state of immigrant literature. (Recorded at the Fort Greene store on September 9, 2019.) Read More »

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John Medina (Brain Rules for Aging Well) at Third Place Books

By John Medina
Narrated by John Medina /  36 minutes

Third Place Books hosted Dr. John Medina, author of the New York Times Bestseller Brain Rules, for a sold out event at the Seward Park store for his new book, Brain Rules for Aging Well. Read More »

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Eric Foner (The Second Founding) with Chris Hayes at Greenlight Bookstore

By Eric Foner
Narrated by Chris Hayes /  1 hour 12 minutes

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses his newest book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution with Chris Hayes of MSNBC and The Nation, in an erudite, energetic and surprisingly funny conversation about the Reconstruction period and its enormous relevance for contemporary American life... Read More »

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