The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast
Podcast from an independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, featuring great authors in conversation about their newest books in the bookstore and at our partner venues. Signed copies of featured books available at

53: Dan Rather + Katy Tur (February 13, 2020)
Feb 13 • 70 min
Dan Rather discusses his book What Unites Us with Katy Tur.
52: Susan Straight + Emily Bernard (January 30, 2020)
Jan 30 • 70 min
Authors Susan Straight and Emily Bernard discuss memoirs In the Country of Women and Black is the Body.
51: Rick Moody + Amy Hempel (January 16, 2020)
Jan 16 • 50 min
Novelist and essayist Rick Moody discusses The Long Accomplishment with fiction writer Amy Hempel
50: Jess Row + Yahdon Israel (January 2, 2020)
Jan 2 • 69 min
Novelist Jess Row talks with poet and educator Yahdon Israel about White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination.
49: Tom Campanella + Philip Lopate (December 19, 2019)
Dec 19, 2019 • 64 min
Thomas Campanella discusses his epic history of the borough of Brooklyn with renowned essayist Philip Lopate.
48: Eric Foner + Chris Hayes (December 5, 2019)
Dec 5, 2019 • 72 min
Writer and historian Eric Foner discusses The Second Founding with Chris Hayes of MSNBC and The Nation.
47: Mark Bittman + Melissa Clark (November 21, 2019)
Nov 21, 2019 • 51 min
Acclaimed food writer Mark Bittman celebrates the 20th anniversary edition of How To Cook Everything with NYT food writer Melissa Clark.
46: Oyinkan Braithwaite + Bridgett M. Davis (November 7, 2019)
Nov 7, 2019 • 45 min
Writer Oyinkan Braithwaite talks with Bridgett Davis about My Sister the Serial Killer.
45: Robert MacFarlane + Philip Gourevitch (October 24, 2019)
Oct 24, 2019 • 65 min
Writer Robert Macfarland talks with journalist Philip Gourevitch about Underland.
44: Nathan Englander + Colson Whitehead (October 10, 2019)
Oct 10, 2019 • 39 min
Writer Nathan Englander talks about his new novel with Colson Whitehead.
43: John Waters + Rob Spillman (September 26, 2019)
Sep 26, 2019 • 65 min
John Waters talks with Rob Spillman about Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder
42: Bridgett Davis + James Hannaham (September 12, 2019)
Sep 12, 2019 • 51 min
Bridgett M. Davis discussed her memoir The World According to Fannie Davis with James Hannaham
41: Blythe Roberson + Phoebe Robinson (August 29, 2019)
Aug 29, 2019 • 56 min
Writer and comedian Blythe Roberson talks with podcast superstar Phoebe Robinson about dating in the modern age (without going insane).
40: Shelley Jackson + Darcey Steinke (December 13, 2018)
Dec 13, 2018 • 53 min
Experimental author Shelley Jackson discusses her new book, Riddance, with author Darcey Steinke.
39: Anne Lamott + Edward L. Beck ( November 29, 2018)
Nov 29, 2018 • 56 min
Bestselling author Anne Lamott talks about her new book, Almost Everything, with author, playwright and CNN-Commentator Father Edward L. Beck.
38: Barbara Kingsolver + Julie Orringer (November 15, 2018)
Nov 15, 2018 • 69 min
Beloved, award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book Unsheltered with author Julie Orringer.
37: Eleanor Kriseman + Julie Buntin (October 12, 2018)
Oct 12, 2018 • 40 min
Social Worker, author, and Greenlight Bookstore staff alum Eleanor Kriseman discusses her debut novel, The Blurry Years, with author Julie Buntin.
36: Justin Phillip Reed + Angel Nafis + Jayson Smith (October 3, 2018)
Oct 3, 2018 • 60 min
Poet Justin Phillip Reed discusses his debut poetry collection, Indecency, with Greenlight staff alums, poets Angel Nafis and Jayson Smith.
35: Ibi Zoboi + Elizabeth Acevedo (September 21, 2018)
Sep 21, 2018 • 58 min
Young adult novelist Ibi Zoboi talks about her new book, Pride, with actor and best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo.
34: Amanda Stern + A. M. Homes (July 31, 2018)
Jul 31, 2018 • 54 min
Author Amanda Stern talks about her new book, Little Panic, with fiction writer and memoirist A.M. Homes.
33: Rachel Cusk + Alexandra Schwartz (July 25, 2018)
Jul 23, 2018 • 57 min
Author and memoirist, Rachel Cusk talks about her new book, Kudos, with Alexandra Schwartz, book reviewer for the New Yorker Magazine
32: Caryl Phillips + Hilton Als (July 10, 2018)
Jul 9, 2018 • 53 min
Author Caryl Phillips discusses his new book, A View of the Empire at Sunset, with cultural critic and author Hilton Als.
31: Michael Chabon + Julie Orringer (June 11, 2018)
Jun 11, 2018 • 74 min
Author Julie Orringer speaks to Pulitzer-Winning, bestselling author, Michael Chabon.
30: Brittney Cooper + Rebecca Traister (May 27, 2018)
May 27, 2018 • 81 min
Academic and writer Brittany Cooper speaks to Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York Magazine and author, about her new book, Eloquent Rage.
29: Amy Siskind
Apr 30, 2018 • 57 min
President and co-founfer of The New Agenda Amy Siskind speaks with reporter Nomiki Konst about her new book The List.
29: Amy Siskind + Nomiki Konst (April 30, 2018)
Apr 19, 2018 • 63 min
Zinzi Clemmons discusses her debut novel, What We Lose, with Margo Jefferson.
27: Nick Harkaway + Jenn Northington (March 29, 2018)
Mar 29, 2018 • 67 min
Nick Harkaway discusses his new novel Gnomon with Jenn Northington of BookRiot.
26: Light the Dark (Febuary 22, 2018)
Feb 22, 2018 • 64 min
Editor Joe Fassler talks about creativity, inspiration, and the artistic process with Lev Grossman, Ayana Mathis, and Leslie Jamison
25: Jessica Bruder + Dale Maharidge (January 10, 2018)
Jan 10, 2018 • 56 min
Journalist Jessica Bruder celebrated the launch of her new book Nomadland with Pulitzer Prize winning fellow journalist Dale Maharidge
24: Karl Ove Knausgaard + Kita Kitamura (December 14, 2017)
Dec 14, 2017 • 67 min
Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses his newest book Autumn with fellow author Katie Kitamura
23: Nathan Englander + Jonathan Safran Foer (November 7, 2017)
Nov 7, 2017 • 48 min
Nathan Englander talks about his literary political thriller Dinner at the Center of the Earth with his longtime friend Jonathan Safran Foer
22: Jesmyn Ward + Ayana Mathis (October 24, 2017)
Oct 24, 2017 • 56 min
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward talks with fellow author Ayana Mathis about Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied, Sing
21: Teju Cole + Ben Lerner (September 1, 2017)
Sep 1, 2017 • 66 min
Two brilliant novelist/essayists dive deep into issues of photography and text as Teju Cole talks with Ben Lerner on June 14, 2017. Cole returns to St. Joseph’s College to present his book Blind Spot, which uniquely synthesizes his photography and essay…
20: Hala Alyan + Mira Jacob (July 26, 2017)
Jul 26, 2017 • 42 min
Palestinian-American poet and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan talked with novelist Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing) about her debut novel Salt Houses, a story of family, displacement, and diaspora catalyzed by Israel’s Six Day War. The …
19: Chris Hayes + Wesley Lowery (May 19, 2017)
May 19, 2017 • 83 min
On April 8, 2017, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes presented his new book A Colony In A Nation to his hometown in Brooklyn, in a interview with Wesley Lowery. The two journalists’ wide-ranging conversation with each other and the audience at St. Joseph’s College cov…
18: Álvaro Enrigue + Garth Risk Hallberg (April 17, 2017)
Apr 17, 2017 • 57 min
Internationally acclaimed Mexican author Alvaro Enrigue and New York City author Garth Risk Hallberg (City on Fire) start with Enrigue’s genre-bending book Sudden Death — which starts with a 16th century tennis match — to launch a far-ranging conversati…
17: Marie Ponsot (November 4, 2016)
Nov 4, 2016 • 46 min
The beloved poet Marie Ponsot returns to her alma mater, St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, for an evening celebrating the publication of her magisterial Collected Poems. A constellation of poetry world luminaries reads poems and shares impressions of t…
16: Jeff Chang + Rebecca Carroll and Nikole Hannah-Jones (September 29, 2016)
Sep 29, 2016 • 69 min
In front of a packed house at Greenlight Bookstore, author Jeff Chang discussed his book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, with panelists Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Magazine investigative journalist, and Rebecca Carroll, a pr…
15: Ann Patchett + J. Courtney Sullivan (September 19, 2016)
Sep 19, 2016 • 67 min
On the publication date of her seventh novel Commonwealth, author and bookseller Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, etc.) launched the book onstage with her friend J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements, etc.). The conversation touched on the…
14: Teju Cole + Amitava Kumar (August 17, 2016)
Aug 17, 2016 • 62 min
On a hot August night in Brooklyn, novelist, art critic and photographer Teju Cole (Open City, Every Day is for the Thief) celebrates the launch of his essay collection Known and Strange Things. His conversation with novelist and essayist Amitava Kumar …
13: Khaled Hosseini + Anand Giridharadas (June 6, 2014)
Dec 30, 2014 • 61 min
Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) uses the release of his latest, And The Mountains Echoed, to discuss east and west, war and peace, and everything in the middle. Plus two excellent graphic novels, one old and one new.
12: Alexi Zentner + Téa Obreht (December 2, 2014)
Dec 2, 2014 • 54 min
Alexi Zentner (Touch) talks to friend and fellow novelist Téa Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife) about Shakespeare, shellfish, and his newest novel, The Lobster Kings. Also, Denis Johnson’s heart of darkness, and getting cosmic with Italo Calvino. Find the books…
11: Luke B. Goebel + Tobias Carroll (Sept 22, 2014)
Nov 18, 2014 • 49 min
The intense and soulful Luke B. Goebel talks about his debut novel Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours with Tobias Carroll of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Also, Bryan Stevenson on justice and redemption and Merritt Teague on sex, drugs, and the soup du jour. F…
10: Damon Galgut (September 30, 2014)
Nov 3, 2014 • 50 min
Damon Galgut (In a Strange Room) speaks about his latest – Arctic Summer, a fictionalization of E.M. Forster’s life while writing A Passage to India. Also, new poetry from Saeed Jones, and Atul Gawande on what we talk about when we talk about dying.
9: Ghost Stories with David Mitchell + John Freeman (October 27, 2014)
Oct 27, 2014 • 4 min
Happy Halloween! In this bonus mini-episode, David Mitchell and John Freeman tell each other ghost stories. S’mores not included. Find a selection of appropriately spooky literature at:
8: Emily St. John Mandel + Emma Straub (September 8, 2014)
Oct 20, 2014 • 45 min
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, sits down with fellow author Emma Straub to talk about the craft of writing, the vicissitudes of publishing, and the how her particular dystopian vision was influenced by survivalist blogs, King Lear, and…
7: David Mitchell + John Freeman (October 27, 2014)
Oct 1, 2014 • 67 min
David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream) on his new novel, The Bone Clocks, his illicit dreams of Amsterdam, and why Optimism is probably the best choice – in conversation with John Freeman (How to Read a Novelist). Also: exciting new reissues from Wa…
6: Jack Livings + Brigid Hughes (August 21, 2014)
Sep 15, 2014 • 58 min
Brigid Hughes (A Public Space, The Paris Review) speaks to Jack Livings about his debut collection of stories, The Dog, as well as the agonies and ecstasies of obsessive research and Tobias Wolff. Also – reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilo…
5: Lev Grossman + Friends (August 5, 2014)
Sep 2, 2014 • 61 min
Levapalooza! Lev Grossman (The Magicians) assembles the Super Friends of Brooklyn-based fantasy and sci-fi authors to help launch his latest, the New York Times #1 Bestseller The Magician’s Land. Also: reviews of Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre …
4: Tom Rachman + Susan Kamil (June 19, 2014)
Aug 15, 2014 • 60 min
Tom Rachman (The Imperfectionists) talks with Susan Kamil, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Random House and Dial Press, about his new novel, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, and why writing books is like flying with the Marx Brothers. Also: reviews o…
3: Elizabeth Gilbert + Rebecca Mead (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)
Aug 4, 2014 • 64 min
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) talks to Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) about her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, as well as the joys of being a grown-up and the independent will of ideas. Also: reviews of Land of Love and Drowning…
2: One Story Magazine 2014 Literary Debutantes (Thursday, May 5, 2014)
Jul 14, 2014 • 59 min
We meet One Story Magazine’s 2014 Literary Debutantes, a collection of fiction writers who have published their first full-length books in the past year: James Scott (The Kept), Rachel Cantor (A Highly Unlikely Scenario), Ben Stroud (Byzantium), Celeste…
1: Colum McCann + Phil Klay (May 19, 2014)
Jun 28, 2014 • 53 min
In our debut episode: Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) in conversation with Phil Klay (Redeployment) about writing, war, and the shifting sands between fiction and reality. Also - reviews of The Vacationers by Emma Straub and Ideas of Heaven by J…