In fall 2011, Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y., became the official vendor for its neighbor, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and began selling books, T-shirts, and other related merchandise at kiosks in the lobby of BAM. Greenlight is extending its relationship through Unbound, a co-curated reading series with literary luminaries, which launches next month at BAM.
"Brooklyn’s audiences are primed for literary events on the grand scale that only BAM can offer, and we are proud to be involved in curating the series this season and beyond," says Greenlight co-owner Jessica Stockton Bagnulo.
"BAM’s commitment to develop spaces for creative dialogue and Greenlight’s dedication to celebrating innovative, contemporary artists, makes for a dynamic partnership between our institutions," says BAM v-p of education and humanities Stephanie Hughley. "Unbound marks the first literary series to be presented on our main stages, allowing us to expand our literary programming to an even broader audience."
Unbound will kick off September 18 with Andrew Zoli, author of Resilience, who will be joined by Malcolm Gladwell and Jad Abumrad at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Also slated for the fall is an appearance by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and a roast of Gary Shteyngart, hosted by John Wesley Harding, to mark the tenth anniversary of his debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.