GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE

Greenlight Bookstore is a general independent bookstore in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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Sadie whose favorite book is New York Street Food.
colinhoughton:

I’ve been reading this amazing essay collection for Tin House, one essay, titled Salinger and Sobs, is riveting:
"The ability to detect authenticity is a critical faculty, something all of us develop, more or less." 
"There’s a love and warmth and security to the way Salinger writes about family, a kind of bulwarked intimacy most readers respond to, that sits in contrast to the false, unfriendly, wolfish world huffing and puffing right outside the door. What I feel reading Salinger is an emotional power that comes from the writer’s ingrained assumption of the value and integrity of family, in particular the idea of family defined by siblings. Family is worthy of trust. The siblings in Salinger’s work are fiercely loyal and extremely close to one another." -Charles D’Ambrosio

colinhoughton:

I’ve been reading this amazing essay collection for Tin House, one essay, titled Salinger and Sobs, is riveting:

"The ability to detect authenticity is a critical faculty, something all of us develop, more or less." 

"There’s a love and warmth and security to the way Salinger writes about family, a kind of bulwarked intimacy most readers respond to, that sits in contrast to the false, unfriendly, wolfish world huffing and puffing right outside the door. What I feel reading Salinger is an emotional power that comes from the writer’s ingrained assumption of the value and integrity of family, in particular the idea of family defined by siblings. Family is worthy of trust. The siblings in Salinger’s work are fiercely loyal and extremely close to one another." -Charles D’Ambrosio

(via thetinhouse)

Book launch of Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning! If she isn’t on your radar, check her out!
angelnafis:

4 more days until the fuxin sun collides with earth y’all!!!!
RSVP on this guy——————> https://www.facebook.com/events/669788716426604/

angelnafis:

4 more days until the fuxin sun collides with earth y’all!!!!

RSVP on this guy——————> https://www.facebook.com/events/669788716426604/

Over here at Greenlight Bookstore, we’ve been developing a PODCAST over the last few months. And get ready for it because THE GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE RADIO HOUR is up! 
Our first guests are Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) and Phil Klay (Redeployment). They talk about writing, war, and the shifting sands between fiction and reality. Plus bookseller reviews of Emma Straub’s The Vacationers and Joan Silber’s Ideas of Heaven.
"It’s been a dream of ours to somehow preserve the amazing conversations between authors that happen here at the store,” says Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, Greenlight co-owner and events coordinator. “These incredible moments with brilliant people just disappear into the past, and we wanted a way to hang on to them and share them, even with people who couldn’t be there on one particular night. We’re so delighted to be working with David to capture those moments and make them available in this wonderful new way.  We believe that podcast listeners and book lovers have a lot in common, so we’re hopeful about reaching our existing fans and new audiences. The podcast’s title is a reference to old-time radio shows that folks would gather around the set to listen to - we’re hoping to create a listening community, just as we have a physical community here in Brooklyn.”
You can SUBSCRIBE through itunes or Stitcher by searching for Greenlight Bookstore. If you want to just listen to this one, you can find it at http://greenlightbookstoreradiohour.com/



Future Podcasts:
One Story Literary Debutantes
Khaled Hosseini talks with Anand Giridharadas
Tom Rachman talks with editor Susan Kamil
Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Rebecca Mead

Over here at Greenlight Bookstore, we’ve been developing a PODCAST over the last few months. And get ready for it because THE GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE RADIO HOUR is up!

Our first guests are Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) and Phil Klay (Redeployment). They talk about writing, war, and the shifting sands between fiction and reality. Plus bookseller reviews of Emma Straub’s The Vacationers and Joan Silber’s Ideas of Heaven.

"It’s been a dream of ours to somehow preserve the amazing conversations between authors that happen here at the store,” says Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, Greenlight co-owner and events coordinator. “These incredible moments with brilliant people just disappear into the past, and we wanted a way to hang on to them and share them, even with people who couldn’t be there on one particular night. We’re so delighted to be working with David to capture those moments and make them available in this wonderful new way.  We believe that podcast listeners and book lovers have a lot in common, so we’re hopeful about reaching our existing fans and new audiences. The podcast’s title is a reference to old-time radio shows that folks would gather around the set to listen to - we’re hoping to create a listening community, just as we have a physical community here in Brooklyn.”

You can SUBSCRIBE through itunes or Stitcher by searching for Greenlight Bookstore. If you want to just listen to this one, you can find it at http://greenlightbookstoreradiohour.com/
Future Podcasts:
One Story Literary Debutantes
Khaled Hosseini talks with Anand Giridharadas
Tom Rachman talks with editor Susan Kamil
Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Rebecca Mead
At therumpus.net

For some reason, unlike speeches by David Foster Wallace and George Saunders, these other famous commencement speeches have yet to be published…#rejectedgraduationspeechbooks

Julian and Jess’s Sweet Saturday Night Summer Picks

1. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

       -Debut. Tin House Books. Historical. Fiction. Lev Termen. Inventor of Theremin. Soviet Spy. First line: “I was Leon Termen before I was Dr Theremin, and before I was Leon, I was Lev Sergeyvich.”

2. Nevada by Imogen Binnie

      -Truth is I haven’t read this yet, but it’s on my summer read list! Let’s just quote Michelle Tea here, “I want to stay in Maria’s brain forever as she rides her bike through the streets of Brooklyn, doggedly hashing out her existence with humor and befuddled honesty.” Also, a finalist for a Lambda literary award. Pretty excited about this one!

3. Happiness, Like Water By Chinelo Okparanta

      -Debut. Short stories like my favorite stories that are full of hope, but often with a tint of sadness. Also expectations. Won a Lambda Literary  award this year.

4. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

      -Comes out on THURSDAY! (July 10) First Novel. Really love this one. Told through different voices about several generations of the Bradshaw family and the men they love. Ocean and water are big themes as are captains.

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

       -Any author who gives a slideshow presentation on how he wrote a book and all the detours he took is on my fascination list. Father/ daughter and the father works in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Yes. Stolen jewels. WWII. Besides someone came in and had to buy it because someone they knew fell down the stairs while reading it. Maybe I embellished that.

6. Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz

       - Language so dreamy, so grotesquely vivid with syrupy sentences you’ll be re-reading for weeks. Don’t miss the chapter exploring the soul of a puppy.

7. Animal Wise by Virginia Morell

       - Accessible yet thorough account of today’s research into the minds of animals. Loaded with stories that are amazing on their own, but with profound implications that will deepen your connection to animals and nature.

8. Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

       - Haunting and heartwarming picture book with gorgeous illustrations you’ll want to rip out and put on your walls. “Never ruin a perfect plan.

9. Perfume by Patrick Süskind

       - Creepy, sensuous, and engrossing with a protagonist both despicable and sympathetic.  You’ll come out of this book feeling like an expert in conjuring scents… and corpses.

10. The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi

       - Magical, eco-conscious English-language debut about a tsunami that slams a massive island of trash into the Taiwanese coast. “The trickling of water through the fissures in the subterranean rock was suddenly drowned out when the mountain made an immense but also somehow distant sound. Everyone fell silent.”

The second on our SUMMER READS SERIES:
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Halley says, “This book caught me off guard. I don’t normally love Sci-Fi but I literally couldn’t put the book down. It’s mysterious, laden in science and fantasy and truly addictive.”
http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9780374104092

The second on our SUMMER READS SERIES:

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Halley says, “This book caught me off guard. I don’t normally love Sci-Fi but I literally couldn’t put the book down. It’s mysterious, laden in science and fantasy and truly addictive.”

http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9780374104092

Our SUMMER READS SERIES includes books you won’t be able to put down. They may not be your typical summer read. They might be new. They might be old. But they’re all books that we’ve enjoyed. For the plane rides. For the beaches. And for that commute.
First up on our SUMMER READS SERIES:
Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees.
Bookseller Grace says, “It’s awesome! It’s creepy! You won’t be able to put it down.”
http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9780345803313

Our SUMMER READS SERIES includes books you won’t be able to put down. They may not be your typical summer read. They might be new. They might be old. But they’re all books that we’ve enjoyed. For the plane rides. For the beaches. And for that commute.

First up on our SUMMER READS SERIES:

Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees.

Bookseller Grace says, “It’s awesome! It’s creepy! You won’t be able to put it down.”

http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9780345803313