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Book Event: Jonathan Lethem: Brooklyn Crime Novel w/ Jelani Cobb

October 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$16.33 – $43.55

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn comes a sweeping story of community, crime, and gentrification, tracing more than fifty years of life in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

On the streets of 1970s Brooklyn, a daily ritual goes down: the dance. Money is exchanged, belongings surrendered, power asserted. The promise of violence lies everywhere, a currency itself. For these children, Black, brown, and white, the street is a stage in shadow. And in the wings hide the other players: parents; cops; renovators; landlords; those who write the headlines, the histories, and the laws; those who award this neighborhood its name.

The rules appear obvious at first. But in memory’s prism, criminals and victims may seem to trade places. The voices of the past may seem to rise and gather as if in harmony, then make war with one another. A street may seem to crack open and reveal what lies behind its glimmering facade. None who lived through it are ever permitted to forget.

Written with kaleidoscopic verve and delirious wit, Brooklyn Crime Novel is a breathtaking tour de force by a writer at the top of his powers. Jonathan Lethem, “one of America’s greatest storytellers,” (Washington Post) has crafted an epic interrogation of how we fashion stories to contain the uncontainable: our remorse at the world we’ve made.

Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The ArrestThe Feral DetectiveThe Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California. His new novel Brooklyn Crime Novel is out in October 2023 from Ecco.

Jelani Cobb joined the Columbia Journalism School faculty in 2016 and became Dean in 2022. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2015. He received a Peabody Award for his 2020 PBS Frontline film Whose Vote Counts? and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2018. He has also been a political analyst for MSNBC since 2019. He is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic. He is the editor or co-editor of several volumes including The Matter of Black Lives, a collection of The New Yorker’s writings on race and The Essential Kerner Commission Report. He is producer or co-producer on a number of documentaries including Lincoln’s DilemmaObama: A More Perfect Union and Policing the Police. He is also a recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

This event is in support of the Brooklyn Book Festival. A portion of each ticket and onsite book purchase will go towards their fundraising events for next year’s festival. You can also make additional donations directly through their website.

To register for a pre-event wine reception with Jonathan Lethem, click here.

Event guidelines:

  • All attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Tickets are limited to restrict capacity.
  • Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A signing will follow the talk.
  • Home address is collected for contact tracing purposes; it will not be used otherwise.
  • As a reminder: If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the event, even if you have a ticket; email us and we’ll work it out.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or to request accessibility accommodations, please contact eventhelp@booksaremagic.net.

Organizer

Brooklyn Book Festival
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Venue

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Phone
718-875-6960
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