Last week, BKLYN Commons hosted the pre-launch celebration of Greenlight Book Store’s second location coming to 786 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. In celebration of the neighborhood’s vibrant Caribbean culture and community, geographer and first-time author, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro was there in conversation with essayist and journalist Garnette Cadogan for the opening reception. The standing room only event was the official launch of Jelly-Shapiro’s book tour for Island People: The Caribbean and the World.
Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, owners of Greenlight, an independent bookstore, were on hand to introduce themselves to the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community and to launch their first literary event program in the neighborhood. BKLYN Commons, a co-working office space company, pulled out all the stops to welcome Greenlight to the neighborhood and to celebrate the store’s opening by providing the event space, wine and delicious Caribbean treats, courtesy of Drink PLG and Chef Bryan Lindsay from the Sacred Chef & Company.
To kick things off, Jessica greeted the audience and announced that the new Greenlight Book Store (providing all goes well) will open Thanksgiving weekend! As a side note, she gave a heartfelt speech telling the crowd, “It’s important for the Greenlight Book Store to be really and truly a community book store to reflect the neighborhood that we live in and the books on our shelves and the events on our calendars and to welcome all of our neighbors and create a space for stories, ideas and conversation. Greenlight bookstore is new to the PLG neighborhood and that it just felt right to host this event for this book in this community that we love and for an author we admire.”
(AUDIO): Author, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro reads an excerpt about Bungalow Joe, the family friend and gravedigger of Bob Marley from his book, Island People.
Credit: Author photo (Mirissa Neff) + map, courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf