Brooklyn By The Book
Brooklyn By the Book presents Jonathan Safran Foer
“Here I Am” is the monumental new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks, in present-day Washington, D.C., “Here I Am” is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics loved in his earlier work, “Here I Am” is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. Jonathan will be joined in conversation by Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman.
This program will take place at Congregation Beth Elohim. General admission is $10; CBE/BPL-member admission is $7. Tickets may be used for a $7 discount on (1) copy of “Here I Am” on the night of the program. Book Bundles come with free admission. All books available for pickup or purchase at the program.
Brooklyn By the Book is a collaboration between Brooklyn Public Library, Community Bookstore, and Congregation Beth Elohim.
Brooklyn By the Book presents Patti Smith author of M Train - Official 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival Event
Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim
Patti Smith's M Train describes the odyssey of a legendary artist through cafés and haunts around the world. In prose that flows between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway just before Hurricane Sandy; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, and illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee from the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids.
Brooklyn By the Book presents Jonathan Lethem author of A Gambler’s Anatomy
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8pm at Congregation Beth Elohim
IN CONVERSATION WITH BEN LERNER
Bruno Alexander, the protagonist of Lethems newest novel, The Gamblers Anatomy, is a backgammon hustler who travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur whales until he runs into a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Then, in Berlin, he develops a tumorous blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways. He flies to Berkeley, despite a vow never to return there, for experimental surgery that might save his life. Amidst the patchouli flashbacks and anarchist gambits of the local scene, Bruno confronts an existential enigma: Is the gambler being played by life?
This program will take place at Congregation Beth Elohim. General admission is $10; CBE/BPL-member admission is $7. Tickets may be used for a $7 discount on (1) copy of "The Gambler's Anatomy" on the night of the program. Book Bundles come with free admission. All books available for pickup or purchase at the program.
Please print tickets or have them available on your mobile device for faster admission. Doors at 7pm.
Brooklyn By the Book presents Javier Marías author of Thus Bad Begins
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:30pm at Brooklyn Public Library
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May 12, White Sands: Geoff Dyer
March 29, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania: Erik Larson
March 3, Better Living Through Criticism: A.O. Scott
February 1, God Help the Child: Toni Morrison
November 18, The Mare: Mary Gaitskill
November 12, The Witches: Stacy Schiff
November 11, A Strangeness in My Mind: Orhan Pamuk
October 22, Nopi: Yotam Ottolenghi
October 8, The Marvels: Brian Selznick
May 21, The Book of Aron: Jim Shepard
April 28, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David: Lawrence Wright
April 22, Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance: Christopher McDougall
Thursday, March 19, 2015 The Buried Giant: Kazuo Ishiguro
Monday, February 2, 2015 The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, Ron Lieber
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 A Celebration of Stoner: A conversation on Stoner’s resurgence with novelist Ruth Rendell, critic and classicist Daniel Mendelsohn, and poet and memoirist Honor Moore. Moderated by writer and literary critic Liesl Schillinger
Thursday, November 6, 2014 In The Fields of Blood: Religion and The History of Violence, Karen Armstrong
Thursday, October 30, 2014 Just Mercy: Bryan Stevenson with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sunday, April 13 2014 Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Katherine Boo
Thursday, Sept.13, Motherland: Amy Sohn in Conversation with Lisa Miller
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Jerusalem Cookbook: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi in Coversation with Rozanne Gold
Thursday, Nov. 1 Winter Journal: Paul Auster and Don DeLillo
Thursday, Nov. 15 Dearie: Bob Spitz in Conversation with Melissa Clark
Wednesday, Nov. 28 Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame,Co-Editors Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy in Conversation with Kevin Arnovitz and Chad Millman
Dec. 3, When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person: Harold S. Kushner in conversation with Rabbi Andy Bachman
Thursday, Dec. 6, Happier at Home: Gretchen Rubin in Conversation with Jodi Kantor
January 10th, 2013, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon in coversation with Laurie Muchnick, Books Editor at Bloomberg News
March 14th, 7:30 pm Two Generations of Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built, Mark Russ Federman, Josh Russ Tupper and Niki RussFederman in Conversation with Rabbi Andy Bachman
March 21st, 2013 The Bronfman Haggadah: Edgar M. Bronfman and Jan Aronson in Conversation with Rabbi Andy Bachman, followed by a Passover wine and gefilte fish tasting
April 3rd, 2013, The Burgess Boys: Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Laurie Muchnick
April 16, 2013 Life After Life: Kate Atkinson in Conversation with Ezra Goldstein
May 9th, 2013, Where'd You Go Bernadette: Maria Semple in Conversation with Judy Clain
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 The Slippage and A Dual Inheritance: Ben Greenman and Joanna Hershon in conversation with Alana Newhouse
June 12, 2013 The Woman Upstairs: Claire Messud in conversation with Michael Ravitch
Sept. 9, 2013 Enon: Paul Harding in conversation with Michele Filgate
Oct. 4, 2013 Telegraph Avenue: Michael Chabon in conversation with Meredith Walters
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