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Quarantine Session #100: Marlon James + Isaac Fitzgerald

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Isaac Fitzgerald
Length: 1 hours 5 minutes

For our one-hundredth(!) podcast episode, we’re releasing a very special conversation recorded at our first offsite book launch of 2022 celebrating the second volume of Moon Witch, Spider King, award-winning author Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, his “African Game of Thrones”. In the NYT-bestselling first volume, Black Leopard, Red...

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Quarantine Session #99: Andrew Lipstein + Cara Blue Adams

By Andrew Lipstein
Narrated by: Cara Blue Adams
Length: 55 minutes

For our first foray into livestreamed events and our first event held in-store since March 2020, Greenlight welcomed our Brooklyn neighbor Andrew Lipstein for the launch of his much-anticipated debut novel, Last Resort—which features a scene set in our own Fort Greene store! In a thrilling, metafictional story of fame, fortune, and impossible...

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Quarantine Session #98: Grace Lavery + Elif Batuman

By Grace Lavery
Narrated by: Elif Batuman
Length: 1 hours 3 minutes

Greenlight welcomed author, scholar, and activist Grace Lavery to our (virtual) stage for the launch of Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis—a “memoir” like nothing you’ve ever read before. Part literary theory, part musical theater parody, part feminist sci-fi reboot, Please Miss was hailed by author Torrey Peters...

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Quarantine Session #97: Rachel Krantz + Jen Winston

By Rachel Krantz
Narrated by: Jen Winston
Length: 1 hours 1 minutes

When Rachel Krantz met and fell for Adam, he told her that he was looking for a committed partnership—just one that did not include exclusivity. In her nonfiction debut, Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-Monogamy, Krantz explores these questions with an unflinching eye and page-turning storytelling, tracing her search to...

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Quarantine Session #96: Bernardine Evaristo + Rumaan Alam

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Rumaan Alam
Length: 56 minutes

Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo (Girl, Woman, Other) graced our virtual stage from London for the U.S. launch of her new memoir Manifesto: On Never Giving Up. Manifesto offers readers an intimate and inspirational account of Evaristo’s life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream and fought bring her creative work into...

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Quarantine Session #95: Colette Brooks + Jennifer Egan

By Colette Brooks
Narrated by: Jennifer Egan
Length: 56 minutes

Acclaimed authors, Greenlight neighbors, and longtime friends Colette Brooks and Jennifer Egan (Manhattan Beach) joined us for a virtual conversation and launch for Colette’s newest book of nonfiction, Trapped in the Present Tense. In a lyrical and inventive blend of history, memoir, and visual essays, Brooks explores the mechanics and...

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Quarantine Session #94: Leanne Brown + Hawa Hassan

By Leanne Brown
Narrated by: Hawa Hassan
Length: 54 minutes

Leanne Brown’s wildly popular and NYT bestselling cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day showed us that kitchen skill and resourcefulness—not budget—are the keys to great food. Brown returned (virtually) to Greenlight for the launch of her new cookbook, Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in...

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Quarantine Session #93: Cynthia Dewi Oka + Jenny Zhang

By Cynthia Dewi Oka
Narrated by: Jenny Zhang
Length: 57 minutes

For Greenlight’s first poetry event of 2022, we welcomed Indonesian American poet Cynthia Dewi Oka and acclaimed poet and fiction writer Jenny Zhang (Sour Heart) to share, discuss, and celebrate Oka’s third collection, Fire Is Not a Country. Oka’s poems track how the energies of migration, exploitation, patriarchal violation, and political...

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Quarantine Session #92: Leah Konen + Andrea Bartz

By Leah Konen
Narrated by: Andrea Bartz
Length: 58 minutes

Acclaimed YA author Leah Konen’s second novel for adults, The Perfect Escape, is a pacey, suspenseful, unforgettable thriller about a girls’ weekend in the Catskills turned deadly. For Greenlight’s first virtual author event of 2022, Konen joined us for a scintillating book launch and conversation with bestselling author and NYT journalist...

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Quarantine Session #91: Cara Blue Adams + Alexandra Kleeman

By Cara Blue Adams
Narrated by: Alexandra Kleeman
Length: 59 minutes

In Greenlight's longstanding tradition of celebrating the debuts of new literary voices, Cara Blue Adams graces our (virtual) stage to present her first story collection, You Never Get It Back—winner of the 2021 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. In these poised and perceptive linked stories set in rural New England and across the...

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Quarantine Session #90: Amy Leach + Eula Biss

By Amy Leach
Narrated by: Eula Biss
Length: 1 hours 2 minutes

Whiting Award-winning author Amy Leach graces Greenlight’s virtual stage  to present The Everybody Ensemble, her newest collection of short, gloriously inventive essays that invite us to see and celebrate anew the “clattering, sometimes discordant but always welcoming chorus of glorious pandemonium” that is our world. In a discussion covering...

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Quarantine Session #89: Myisha Cherry + Jacqueline Woodson

By Myisha Cherry
Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 56 minutes

In The Case for Rage, philosopher Myisha Cherry turns popular prejudices about anger on their head and argues for anger’s utility—and importance—in the fight against injustice. Anger has a bad reputation; s a “negative emotion”, it’s seen by many as counterproductive, distracting, and destructive. But Cherry argues that in fact the...

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Quarantine Session #88: Grafton Tanner + Roisin Kiberd

By Grafton Tanner
Narrated by: Roisin Kiberd
Length: 57 minutes

Nostalgia is the defining emotion of our age. Political leaders promise a return to yesteryear. Old movies are remade and cancelled series are rebooted. Veterans reenact past wars, while the displaced across the world long for home. But who is behind this collective ache for a home in the past? Grafton Tanner joins us (virtually) alongside...

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Quarantine Session #87: Donald Cohen + Joseph McCartin

By Donald Cohen
Narrated by: Joseph McCartin
Length: 57 minutes

In the lengthening shadow of an exceptional year, Greenlight welcomed to its virtu Donald Cohen, founder and executive director of In the Public Interest, an Oakland-based national resesarch and policy center that studies public goods and services, to discuss his new book co-authored with Allen Mikaelian, The Privatization of Everything. Hailed...

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Quarantine Session #86: Diane Exavier + Carlos Sirah + Shayla Lawz, hosted by Angel Nafis

By Diane Exavier, Carlos Sirah & Shayla Lawz
Narrated by: Angel Nafis
Length: 1 hours 19 minutes

For phenomenal local writer, theatermaker, and educator Diane Exavier’s dĂ©but collection, The Math of Saint Exavier, Greenlight’s own Poetry Salon host Angel Nafis held court with Exavier and fellow poets Carlos Sirah and Shayla Lawz for a powerful, multivocal evening of reading, reverie, and irreverence. Exavier's book-length lyric is an...

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Morowa Yejidé: Creatures of Passage

By Morowa Yejidé & Morowa Yejidé
Narrated by: Mary Kay Zuravleff
Length: 58 minutes

River Bend hosted a virtual event celebrating the release of Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé. The event featured authors Morowa Yejidé and Tananarive Due in conversation with Mary Kay Zuravleff. A discussion of magical realism, horror, and contemporary Black literature.

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Quarantine Session #85: The Best American Poetry 2021 with Tracy K. Smith + David Lehman

By Tracy K. Smith
Narrated by: David Lehman
Length: 1 hours 1 minutes

To commemorate the 2021 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology, Greenlight invited editor and former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, series editor David Lehman, and contributing poets Chen Chen, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nancy Miller Gomez, and Dora Malech for a reverent evening. Selected by Smith, this year’s exceptional collection explores...

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Quarantine Session #84: Nelson Simon + Amy Eddings

By Nelson Simon
Narrated by: Amy Eddings
Length: 58 minutes

Celebrated local writer and performer Nelson Simon graced Greenlight's (virtual) stage to share his new book, Soul of the Hurricane, the unlikely and harrowing true account of his experience sailing into Hurricane Grace, the southern end of the “Perfect Storm.” It was October 1991, and Simon didn’t exactly want to sign up as a last-minute crew...

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Quarantine Session #83: Uli Beutter Cohen + Glory Edim + Lupita Aquino

By Uli Beutter Cohen & Glory Edim
Narrated by: Lupita Aquino
Length: 59 minutes

For the better part of a decade, Uli Beutter Cohen rode the subway through New York City’s underground to observe society through the lens of our most creative thinkers: readers of books. Greenlight welcomed the acclaimed creator of Subway Book Review to our (virtual) stage to launch her new book Between the Lines, a timely collection of beloved...

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Quarantine Session #82: Kelefa Sanneh + Zoe Chace

By Kelefa Sanneh
Narrated by: Zoe Chace
Length: 1 hours 5 minutes

New Yorker staff writer and acclaimed music journalist Kelefa Sanneh joined Greenlight virtually to launch Major Labels, his debut book of nonfiction and a deeply researched, expansive study of popular music over the past fifty years, refracted through the big genres that have defined and dominated it: rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop,...

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