Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm
Jeffrey Rotter in conversation with Hannah Tinti
In his darkly comic second novel, The Only Words Worth Remembering, Jeffrey Rotter explores a near-future America where human knowledge has devolved to a Pre-Copernican state. The trouble-making Van Zandt family must flee from the law against this dystopian backdrop where science and religion are diminished to fairy tales, and earth once again occupies the lonely center of the universe. In conversation with novelist and One Story editor-in-chief Hannah Tinti.
Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm
Lily King in conversation with Stephanie Valdez
Lily King’s beautifully constructed novel, Euphoria, tells the story of three gifted young anthropologists and the love triangle that threatens their bonds, careers, and ultimately, their lives. The winner of the first annual Kirkus Prize for Fiction was inspired by the life of Margaret Mead. She will be in conversation with Community Bookstore co-owner Stephanie Valdez.
Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm
A Jazz Age Party for Mary Morris’s The Jazz Palace
Don your best flapper wear for a Jazz Age-themed book party for Mary Morris’s The Jazz Palace, a novel about the high hopes and heartbreak of Chicago’s jazz scene in the roaring twenties. Festivities marking the launch of Morris’s 13th book include costumes, drinks, and music.
Saturday, April 18 at 4pm
Brooklyn Public Library
Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers: Paul Beatty
Paul Beatty discusses The Sellout, a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. The novel challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant. RSVP here.
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm
Brooklyn By the Book presents Christopher McDougall
**This program has been moved from Congregation Beth Elohim to Community Bookstore. It will now be a free event and run.
Christopher McDougall, who famously described Native-Mexican ultra-marathoners in Born to Run, turns his gaze to Crete and daring World War II resistance fighters in Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. McDougall’s new book is both a thrilling story and a description of what it takes physically and mentally to attempt the heroic.
Join Christopher McDougall and his “Heroes Gang” for the Brooklyn launch of Natural Born Heroes. McDougall will lead a optional fun run sponsored by JackRabbit Sports, followed by a one-of-a-kind stage show featuring the lost arts of the Ancient Greek Heroes. Books will be for sale from Community Bookstore. RSVP here!
Friday, April 24 at 7pm
Maureen Gibbon in conversation with Brigid Hughes
Maureen Gibbon’s Paris Red tells the story of Victorine Meurent, a poor young woman who becomes Édouard Manet’s favorite model and muse. Victorine is awakened to the beauty of the artist’s world at the same time that she is exposed to the penchant for scandal in Parisian society in the mid-19th century. In conversation with A Public Space editor Brigid Hughes.
Monday, April 27 at 7pm
Jón Gnarr in conversation with Jacob Silverman
Jón Gnarr, author of The Indian, is not just an actor and comedian but also the ex-mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, elevated to office in 2010 in an electoral upset as the candidate of the satirical Best Party. The Indian is Gnarr’s memoir about his chaotic childhood as a bullied young boy once diagnosed as severely mentally retarded. In conversation with Jacob Silverman.
Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
Lawrence Wright in conversation with George Packer
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David is a gripping narrative of how peace was forged in 1978 between the bitter enemies Israel and Egypt. Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, draws vivid portraits of a persistent president and his Israeli and Egyptian guests, all within the context of the complex issues underlying conflict in the Middle East. In conversation with New Yorker writer George Packer.
Tickets are $15 ($12 for BPL and CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on (1) copy of Thirteen Days in September. Buy tickets here!
Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
A Celebration of Antonio Tabucchi’s Time Ages In A Hurry
The nine stories in Time Ages in a Hurry, by the late, celebrated Italian writer Anthony Tabucchi, are imaginative inquiries into things hidden or disguised. Each protagonist must confront phantoms from the past, misguided beliefs, and puzzles of identity. With translators Martha Cooley, author of The Archivist, and Antonio Romani.