Greenlight Bookstore started with the dreams of two different booksellers and a Brooklyn neighborhood. Our story is a story of opportunity, passion, and most importantly, community.
A classic independent bookstore stocking titles in all genres, plus reading events & kids' story time.
Offsite: Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM Leaves of Grass Marathon: Writers read Whitman (while sipping cocktails) Greenlight is thrilled to partner with our neighbors at Erv’s to host a marathon celebration of Brooklyn poet Walt Whitman’s masterwork, Leaves of Grass. Dozens of writers and friends read aloud the complete work at PLG’s beloved bar, coffee shop and gathering spot, starting in the afternoon and continuing until closing (if necessary). Confirmed readers include Alvaro Enrigue, Valeria Luiselli, Darcey Steinke, Rosalie Knecht, Martha Plimpton, Adam Sternbergh, Christiane Seidel, Ashley C. Ford, and many other local authors, business owners, literary world celebrities, and neighborhood characters -- a diversity of readers befitting Whitman's radically inclusive vision. Greenlight will offer copies of Leaves of Grass and related works for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefitting a local Whitman-friendly nonprofit, and Erv’s offers its own signature beverages for sale, including the “Leaf of Grass.” Erv’s is located at 2122 Beekman Place, Brooklyn
Fort Greene store: Wednesday April 25, 7:30 PM Patricia Fara presents A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War In conversation with Clara Moskowitz Patricia Fara, author of Science: A Four Thousand Year History and professor at Cambridge University, presents her latest book on the forgotten suffragists of World War I who bravely changed women's roles in the war and paved the way for today's female scientists. In A Lab of One’s Own, Fara reveals the untold stories of the many extraordinary but forgotten female scientists, doctors, and engineers in World War One Britain and the taste of independence, freedom and excitement they experienced during the war years. Fara examines how the bravery of these pioneers, temporarily allowed into a closed world before the door slammed shut again, paved the way for women in science today. Fara presents her work in conversation with Clara Moskowitz, editor of Scientific American Magazine, followed by a signing and Q&A.
Fort Greene store: Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 PM Lynne Tillman presents Men and Apparitions In conversation with Lucy Ives and Andrew Durbin Award-winning, iconic author and cultural critic Lynne Tillman presents the hotly-anticipated Men and Apparitions, her first novel in 12 years. Why do human beings feel the need to create, remake, and keep images from and of everything? How are we supposed to live amid this glut of images? Men and Apparitions takes on a central question of our time through the wild musings and eventful life of Ezekiel Hooper Stark, cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, specialist in family photographs. Kaleidoscopic and encyclopedic, madcap and wry, Men and Apparitions showcases Lynne Tillman not only as a brilliantly original novelist but as one of our most prominent thinkers on visual art and culture today. Tillman presents her work with a conversation with novelists Lucy Ives (Impossible Views of the World) and Andrew Durbin (Mature Themes).