Alice Austen House Poetry Reading

The Alice Austen House located on the North Shore of Staten Island is home to both photographers, performers and writers. For this year’s festival we are presenting readings from 5 Staten Island poets who have been participating in an ongoing virtual Humanities New York, Audre Lorde reading and discussion series hosted by the Alice Austen House. Poets […]

Reading the Black Liberation Reading List

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents readings by Rio Cortez, poet, children’s book author, and manager/creative coordinator of The Schomburg Shop, Parneisha Jones, and writer, Director, Northwestern University Press. OlaRonke Akinmowo, Founder, Free Black Women’s Library. Moderated by Novella Ford, Associate Director Public Programs and Exhibitions, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Leslie Stein and Adrian Tomine in conversation

Leslie Stein‘s graphic memoir I Know You Rider takes place over the 12 month period surrounding an abortion, tackling the complex subject of reproductive choice —and choice more generally — candidly and philosophically. Adrian Tomine’s The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist is a comedic memoir about fandom, fame, and other embarrassments from the life of the New York Times bestselling author of Killing […]

Annual Brooklyn Indie Party!

Featuring A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, BOMB Magazine, Enchanted Lion, Ig Publishing, One Story, Radix Media, Restless Books, Turtle Point Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse Co-hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). The Brooklyn Book Festival goes virtual this year, and Greenlight’s traditional Brooklyn Indie Party (ten years and counting) […]

Queering Black Masculinity: A Reading & Reflection

Sibling Rivalry Press hosts a reading to celebrate the release of Jubi Arriola-Headley’s debut collection of poetry, original kink, with fellow poets L. Lamar Wilson, author of Sacrilegion; Malcolm Tariq, author of Heed the Hollow; and Dustin Pearson, author of Millennial Roost and A Family Is a House. The poets will read from their and […]

How Fascism Works and How to Stop It

Can it happen here? Is it happening here? The “F” word–fascism. We have witnessed a program of blatant white supremacy and male supremacy, and xenophobic racism toward immigrants. Institutional norms have been steamrolled. Crude displays of American jingoism, draconian moves to criminalize and suppress dissent, as in Portland. What are the lessons of history, and […]

Time-Travelers: From Creation Myths to Future Worlds

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Alexis Wright, two giants of contemporary literature, share creative visions that encompass millennia. For more than a half-century, Kenyan author Ngũgĩ  has been creating a highly-influential body of work ranging from novels, stories, plays, and memoir to radical essays on literary decolonization and language. His latest work, The Perfect Nine, marks […]

Love and Resistance presented with the Center for Fiction

Join three powerhouse Latinx authors, Angie Cruz, Jaquira Díaz and Carolina De Robertis, in conversation on the themes of love and resistance in their work, and on the power of intersectional Latinx literatures to break silence, challenge oppression, and cultivate joy and justice. 

Art Talk: P.O.V.

Jerry Saltz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, senior art critic of New York Magazine and author of How To Be An Artist and Darby English, art historian, Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago and author of To Describe a Life: Notes from the Intersection of Art and Race Terror, […]

Toni Morrison: The Pieces presented by the Brooklyn Public Library

An artful and uplifting documentary on the life of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in Lorain, OH to ’70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison reflects on race, America, and the human condition as seen through the prism […]

NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Join four authors honored by the 2019 National Book Awards for a conversation on contemporary literature, recognition, and cross-genre Black storytelling. Featuring Kwame Alexander (The Undefeated, Longlist, Young People’s Literature), Jericho Brown (The Tradition, Finalist, Poetry), Marlon James (Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Finalist, Fiction), and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real […]

The New Republic Salon Series with Yaa Gyasi

Join The New Republic for a livestream of its Salon book series featuring Yaa Gyasi, author and Rumaan Alam, TNR contributor as they talk Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi’s new novel. Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. 

A Reckoning

Queens poets perform an exquisite corpse that reckons with the pandemic and more. Participants include Nadia Q. Ahmad, Pichchenda Bao, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Jared Harél, Abeer Y. Hoque, Joseph O. Legaspi, Rob Ostrom, and KC Trommer.

#RaiseUP: How University Presses Work for Overlooked Authors & Ideas

In a time when information moves at faster speeds than ever before, it’s critical that books about the most important events of the day are nurtured, championed, and made widely available. Join staff and authors from the university press community to discuss how they strive to elevate disciplines, subjects, and authors that bring new perspectives, […]

Reading and Writing the Environment

As the places and people most affected by the climate change crisis face existential threat, freeing environmental writing from the gaze of the “Lone Enraptured Male” (London Review of Books) is crucial. Kerri Arsenault, Meehan Crist, Bathsheba Demuth, John Freeman, Emily Raboteau, and Meera Subramanian will consider the formal, structural elements environmental writers can bring to storytelling, how to handle or […]

Telling Our Own Stories: Latinx Storytelling Across All Genres

Join Latinx in Publishing’s Zakiya Jamal as she leads a dynamic conversation with five acclaimed writers across all genres to discuss their process, the future, and how, in their writing, they have broken free or reshaped the various Latinx stereotypes portrayed in media. Authors include: Veronica Chambers (Shirley Chisholm is a Verb!), Roy G. Guzman […]

No, YOU Tell It!

“Coming & Going” Fellows from Lambda Literary have teamed up with nonfiction series No, YOU Tell It! for a special evening of queer storytelling with a twist. Four curated storytellers have worked together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Coming & Going” on the page. Watch as they swap and present each […]

Four Way Books & Nightboat Poetry Reading

Greenlight highlights independent presses Four Way Books and Nightboat Books in an evening of readings featuring three authors from each press! Four Way authors Yona Harvey, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, and Jeffrey Harrison, and Nightboat authors Aaron Shurin, Aditi Machado, and Carlos Lara come together to share and celebrate their latest collections of poetry.

Book Launch: Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation launch with Carmen Maria Machado. For the first time in paperback, a haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it.  In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body […]

Ignite: An Evening with The Offing, PANK, and The Rumpus

Join The Offing, PANK, and The Rumpus for an inspiring evening of readings and conversation! Featuring Jody Chan, Golden, Marlin M. Jenkins, Raven Leilani, Monica Prince, and Erika T. Wurth and co-hosted by Jessica Fischoff, Marisa Siegel, and Mimi Wong. This event is brought to you with thanks to our friends at Books Are Magic, […]

LIC Reading Series

LIC Reading Series presents an evening of brief readings and a lively panel discussion with Marie-Helene Bertino (Parakeet), Jennifer Croft (Homesick; translator, Flights), and Maaza Mengiste (The Shadow King). Join us for an awesome time with three amazing women who write novels, stories, essays, memoir, AND translate award-winning literature! We are proud to be based […]

Marilynne Robinson presents “Jack”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson joins us for the launch of her new novel, Jack, in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang. All ticket holders will receive a hardcover copy of the book with a signed bookplate that will ship separately.

A Reading Series of New York Taster

Discover your next favorite New York reading series! The Reading Series of New York collective is excited to feature readers from five of New York’s finest reading series. Each curator will introduce a writer who epitomizes the spirit of their series – featuring Rosamond S. King (Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon), Stacie Evans (Big […]

Love vs Internship

In collaboration with AAWW and Kundiman, Kaya Press brings novelist Ed Lin and pioneering YA author Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Finding My Voice) together to celebrate the release of Ed Lin’s YA debut, David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College. Moderated by Ruth Minah Buchwald, this event will dig […]