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(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Take a Bite Outa Greenlight

Greenlight looks NOTHING like this
It takes some getting used to, this idea that right here and now we've got our own little intellectual clubhouse for ideas, right there in the shadow of the Flabenue's tallest structure. Greenlight Bookstore has a slew of readings and book clubs and parties happening this month...don't miss this Saturday's Grand Opening Party at 7:30 pm. There's even a special Family Party happening earlier at 1:30pm. I mean, c'mon, come on out and show some love.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens:
632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Saturday, January 7, 7:30 PM
Bookstore Grand Opening Party!
Music, Refreshments & Special Guests
Now that the rush of the holidays are behind us, we’re officially celebrating the opening of Greenlight Bookstore’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens!  We’re inviting our neighborhood and the literary community to a party, Greenlight-style, with music, wine, and appearances by illustrious local residents, community movers and shakers, and literary celebrities. Start off the New Year with a celebration of a new space for stories, ideas, and conversations in one of Brooklyn’s greatest neighborhoods!  (Families are also welcome to attend our children’s party event at 1:30 PM.)

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 PM
Greenlight Nonfiction Group (PLG) discusses Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
Led by PLG store manager Geo, our nonfiction book group in PLG reads and discusses the most fascinating topics in nonfiction, both classic and contemporary, with seasonal themes covering a variety of genres. For January, the book group reads Create Dangerously,  a New York Times Notable Book and a Miami HeraldBest Book of the Year by the  celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat.  In this deeply personal book, Danticat reflects on art and exile. Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite (or because of) the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 PM
Greenlight Fiction Book Group (PLG) discusses Faces in the Crowd
Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group in Fort Greene discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics.  For January, the group discusses Faces in the Crowd, the highly acclaimed 2014 debut novel by Valeria Luiselli.  In Mexico City, a young mother is writing a novel of her days as a translator living in New York. In Harlem, a translator is desperate to publish the works of Gilberto Owen, an obscure Mexican poet. And in Philadelphia, Gilberto Owen recalls his friendship with Lorca, and the young woman he saw in the windows of passing trains. Valeria Luiselli's debut signals the arrival of a major international writer and an unexpected and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Monday, January 23, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Ottessa Moshfegh presents Homesick for Another World
In conversation with Michele Filgate
Wine reception to follow
Greenlight is delighted to welcome Ottessa Moshfegh to launch her highly anticipated new story collection as the first author event in our new store!  Moshfegh’s stories have been awarded the Plimpton Prize and her novel Eileenwon the PEN Hemingway prize for debut fiction and was  nominated for both a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize.  Her first collection of short stories, Homesick for Another World, confirms she is truly a master of the short form with stories that are eerily unsettling, almost dangerous, while also being delightful and even laugh-out-loud funny. Moshfegh discusses her work with Brooklyn author and editor Michele Filgate, followed by a wine reception to celebrate the book’s launch.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 PM
Greenlight Young Readers Book Group (PLG) discusses The War That Saved My Life
Led by Greenlight receiving manager Grace, our young readers book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend, and pizza is served.  For January, the group discusses the New York Times bestseller and 2016 Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute – she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

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