Thursday, October 1, 7pm
Valeria Luiselli & Naja Marie Aidt
Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth follows the hilarious, rambling adventures of Highway, an auctioneer and storyteller whose most prized possessions are teeth from the mouths of Plutarch, Plato, Virginia Woolf, and the like. Rock, Paper, Scissors, the debut novel from Danish author Naja Marie Aidt, is about family, death, secrets and failure. Join these two acclaimed young authors for a conversation about the contemporary novel.
Monday, October 5, 7pm
Ivan Vladislavic in conversation with Katie Kitamura
South African Ivan Vladislavic, an acclaimed writer often compared to Borges and Calvino, makes a rare U.S. appearance. He will talk with novelist Katie Kitamura about The Folly, an allegory about apartheid first published in Cape Town in 1993 and newly brought to America by Archipelago Books. The Folly tells of a mysterious stranger who casts a spell over everyone around him with his plans to build a mansion from scraps on a vacant patch of the veld.
Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
Paperback Launch: Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar
Deep Down Dark tells the harrowing story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Pulitzer Prize-winner Hector Tobar was given exclusive access to the miners and their families, and his account captures gripping details of survival, rescue, and the elusiveness of normalcy after being buried alive. (The movie, starring Antonio Banderas, opens in November.)
Wednesday, October 7, 7pm
Marlon James in conversation with Rob Spillman
Longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize, Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the attempted assassination of Bob Marley on December 3, 1976, as the occasion to tell a rich, multifaceted story of Jamaican history. James gathers an impressive cast of characters–secret agents, gangsters, prisoners and ghosts–to shape a novel both epic and lyrical. In conversation with Tin House Editor Rob Spillman.
Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
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Brian Selznick does it again! His new book, The Marvels, is a century-spanning adventure tale of beauty, mystery, and survival told in the signature style of writing and illustration that made young-reader classics of The Adventures of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The story begins with Billy Marvel, who survives a shipwreck, is taken in by a London theater troupe, and becomes the first of several generations of famous actors. One hundred years later, Joseph Jervis vanishes from school and takes up with his mysterious uncle, Albert Nightingale, whose strange, massive house holds secrets to their family’s past.
Tickets are $10 ($7 for BPL and CBE members) and can be used towards a discount on The Marvels. Companion tickets available at a reduced price for families. Books will be for sale through Community Bookstore. Purchase ticket here.
Thursday, October 15, 7pm
Sigal Samuel in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald
In Sigal Samuel’s debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End, a man who has rejected his Orthodox Jewish roots loses his wife in a car crash and finds himself torn between the logic of scientific rationalism and the lure of religious mysticism. In conversation with Buzzfeed Books’ Isaac Fitzgerald.
Tuesday, October 20, 7pm
Ben Lerner in conversation with Jenny Offill
Ben Lerner’s autofictional opus, 10:04, follows the daily life of, well, Ben Lerner. In a style that skirts both the edge of consciousness and the novel of ideas, Lerner has written a book about love, death, art, film, health care, climate change–in short, a book about life in the 21st-century American empire. In conversation with author Jenny Offill.
Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully
Thursday, October 22, 7:30pm
at Congregation Beth Elohim
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Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the world’s great culinary innovators, returns to Brooklyn for the release of his newest cookbook, Nopi, featuring recipes from his acclaimed London restaurant. Our last event with Ottolenghi celebrated the publication of Jerusalem, one of the most influential and best selling cookbooks of the last several years. His new book, co-written with Nopi head chef Ramael Scully, showcases a different side of Ottolenghi’s cooking, a dazzling mixture of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Wednesday, October 28, 7pm
Steve Stern and Greg Hrbek
Steve Stern’s The Pinch tells the story of Lenny Sklarew, the last inhabitant of The Pinch, a once-thriving Memphis Jewish neighborhood, who discovers one day that he’s also a character in a novel called The Pinch. In Greg Hrbek’s Not on Fire, But Burning, a young boy grows up in a nuclear-war-torn America in which all Muslims have been interred on former Indian reservations. Join these two acclaimed young authors for a conversation about the contemporary novel.
Community Bookstore Book Club
Led by Stephanie Valdez (co-owner)
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30pm
The Quick and the Dead
by Joy Williams
Nonfiction Book Club
Led by Philip Goedicke
Monday, September 14, 7:30pm
by Greil Marcus