Brooklyn By the Book
Brooklyn By the Book is a collaboration between the Community Bookstore of Park Slope and Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE). We host best-selling authors here at CBE to talk about their new works and engage in conversation with our community.
Stephanie Valdez, Community Bookstore and Terrace Books Co-Owner and Event Director
Community Bookstore of Park Slope is one of the oldest surviving—and thriving—independent bookstores in New York City. In 2010, Ezra Goldstein and Stephanie Valdez took over the management of the store, which they then purchased in December 2011. During the store’s 40 year history, it has hosted hundreds of readings, both in the store and off-site.
Diane Ravitch in conversation with Carol Burris: Slaying Goliath
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 PM
From one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, an impassioned, inspiring look at the ways in which parents, teachers, activists—citizens—are successfully fighting back to defeat the forces that are privatizing America’s public schools.
Diane Ravitch was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Wellesley College and Columbia University. She is a research professor of education at New York University and the author of eleven books. Ravitch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrea Bernstein in conversation with Kai Wright & Michelle Goldberg: American Oligarchs
Thursday, Feburary 6 at 7:30 PM
A multigenerational saga of two families who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of U.S. power that tracks the unraveling of American democracy. In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein creates a vivid portrait of two emblematic American families. Their journey to the White House is a story of survival and loss, crime and betrayal, which stretches from the Gilded Age through Nazi-occupied Poland to the rising nationalism and inequality of the twenty-first century.
Andrea Bernstein is the Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning cohost of the acclaimed WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and New York magazine, and on NPR. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
October 6, 2019:
She Said, Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
September 26, 2019:
Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith
August 13, 2019:
How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
May 28, 2019:
How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
November 18, 2018:
We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 23, 2018:
Ottolenghi Simple, Yotam Ottolenghi
September 12, 2017:
Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
September 7, 2017:
The Golden House, Salman Rushdie
July 13, 2017:
A Stone of Hope, by Jim St. Germain
March 2, 2017:
4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster
February 15, 2017:
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
November 9, 2016:
Thus Bad Begins, Javier Marías
October 19, 2016:
A Gambler’s Anatomy, Jonathan Lethem
September 15, 2016:
M Train, Patti Smith