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.
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
June 12, 2016 Secondhand Time: Svetlana Alexievich
May 12, 2016 White Sands: Geoff Dyer
March 29, 2016 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania: Erik Larson
March 3, 2016 Better Living Through Criticism: A.O. Scott
February 1, 2016 God Help the Child: Toni Morrison
November 18, 2015 The Mare: Mary Gaitskill
November 12, 2015 The Witches: Stacy Schiff
November 11, 2015 A Strangeness in My Mind: Orhan Pamuk
October 22, 2015 Nopi: Yotam Ottolenghi
October 8, 2015 The Marvels: Brian Selznick
May 21, 2015 The Book of Aron: Jim Shepard
April 28, 2015 Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David: Lawrence Wright
April 22, 2015 Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance: Christopher McDougall
March 19, 2015 The Buried Giant: Kazuo Ishiguro
February 2, 2015 The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, Ron Lieber
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
November 6, 2014 In The Fields of Blood: Religion and The History of Violence, Karen Armstrong
October 30, 2014 Just Mercy: Bryan Stevenson with Ta-Nehisi Coates
September 14, 2014 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts, R. J. Palacio with Maria Russo
April 13, 2014 Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Katherine Boo
November 20, 2013 My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel Ari Shavit in conversation with Rabbi Andy Bachman
October 29, 2013 The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt in conversation with Maude Newton
October 8, 2013 Reign of Error: The Hoax of Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools Diane Ravitch in conversation with David Denby
October 4, 2013 Telegraph Avenue: Michael Chabon in conversation with Meredith Walters
September 9, 2013 Enon: Paul Harding in conversation with Michele Filgate
June 12, 2013 The Woman Upstairs: Claire Messud in conversation with Michael Ravitch
May 28, 2013 The Slippage and A Dual Inheritance: Ben Greenman and Joanna Hershon in conversation with Alana Newhouse
May 9, 2013, Where'd You Go Bernadette: Maria Semple in Conversation with Judy Clain
April 16, 2013 Life After Life: Kate Atkinson in Conversation with Ezra Goldstein
April 3, 2013, The Burgess Boys: Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Laurie Muchnick
March 21, 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
Sept.13, 2013 Motherland: Amy Sohn in Conversation with Lisa Miller
Oct. 24, 2013 Jerusalem Cookbook: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi in Coversation with Rozanne Gold
March 14, 2013 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
January 10, 2013, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon in coversation with Laurie Muchnick, Books Editor at Bloomberg News
December 6, 2012 Happier at Home: Gretchen Rubin in Conversation with Jodi Kantor
December 3, 2012 When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person: Harold S. Kushner in conversation with Rabbi Andy Bachman
November 28, 2012 Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame,Co-Editors Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy in Conversation with Kevin Arnovitz and Chad Millman
November 15, 2012 Dearie: Bob Spitz in Conversation with Melissa Clark
November 1, 2012 Winter Journal: Paul Auster and Don DeLillo