Brooklyn Voices

Brooklyn Voices

St. Joseph's College opens its doors to the area's foremost writers, musicians, actors and artists every semester through Brooklyn Voices.

Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons and students.

Through lectures, forums, performances and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn and do business.

All Brooklyn Voices presentations will take place in Tuohy Hall at 245 Clinton Avenue. Click here for a campus map.

Fall 2019 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Dan RatherDan Rather

Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 p.m.

Paperback launch: Dan Rather presents What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

In conversation with Sally Kohn

Tickets $20 (includes book)

Ann PatchettAnn Patchett

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Ann Patchett presents The Dutch House

Tickets $30 (includes book)

Eric FornerEric Foner

Sunday, September 29, 4:30 p.m.

Eric Foner presents The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

In conversation with Chris Hayes

Tickets $30 (includes book)

Mark BittmanMark Bittman

Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Mark Bittman presents How to Cook Everything – Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food

In conversation with Melissa Clark

Tickets free with RSVP; VIP tickets $45 (VIP includes book and pre-event reception)

Lindy WestLindy West

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Lindy West presents The Witches are Coming

Tickets $30 (includes book)

View previous seasons of BK Voices

Fall 2018

Gary ShteyngartGary Shteyngart

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Gary Shteyngart presents Lake Success
In conversation with Angela Ledgerwood
Tickets $30


Anand GiridharadasAnand Giridharadas

Monday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Anand Giridharadas presents Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
In conversation with Lydia Polgreen
Free ($30 VIP ticket includes book and priority seating)


Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver

Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Kingsolver presents Unsheltered
In conversation with Julie Orringer
Tickets $33


Anne LamottAnne Lamott

Monday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Anne Lamott presents Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
Tickets $24

Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Michael ChabonMichael Chabon

Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Chabon presents Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces
In conversation with Julie Orringer
Tickets $22 (includes seat and book)

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Nathan EnglanderNathan Englander

Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.
Nathan Englander presents Dinner at the Center of the Earth
In conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Karl Ove KnausgaardKarl Ove Knausgaard

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.
Karl Ove Knausgaard presents Autumn
In conversation with Katie Kitamura
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides

Monday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch: Jeffrey Eugenides presents Fresh Complaint: Stories
In conversation with Ruth Franklin
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)

Matt TaibbiMatt Taibbi

Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Taibbi presents I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)


Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

John DarnielleJohn Darnielle

Monday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
John Darnielle presents Universal Harvester
In conversation with Donna Tartt

Tickets $28 (includes event admission and book)

Chris HayesChris Hayes

Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Chris Hayes presents A Colony in A Nation
In conversation with journalist Wesley Lowery
Tickets $30 (includes event admission and book)

Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Teju ColeTeju Cole

Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Teju Cole presents Known and Strange Things
Tickets $20 (includes event admission and book)


Ann PatchettAnn Patchett

Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.
Ann Patchett presents Commonwealth (book launch) • In conversation with J. Courtney Sullivan • A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends event
Tickets $30 (includes event admission and book)

Marie PonsotA Celebration of Marie Ponsot

Tuesday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
A Celebration of Marie Ponsot • Presenting her Collected Poems • Readings by Ed Hirsch, Sapphire, Cynthia Zarin and other poets • Hosted by PSA Executive Director Alice Quinn
Tickets free; RSVP required to reserve a seat

Zadie SmithZadie Smith

Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Zadie Smith presents Swing Time
Tickets $30 (includes event admission and book)

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Colin BeavanColin Beavan

Thursday, January 7, 7:30 p.m.
Colin Beavan presents 
How to Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World
In conversation with ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Good Morning America and Nightline

Hanya YanagiharaHanya Yanagihara

Thursday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Hanya Yanagihara presents A Little Life (paperback launch)
In conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald of BuzzFeed

Ken CorbettKen Corbett

Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Ken Corbett presents A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High

In conversation with Tony Kushner

Charles BockCharles Bock

Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Book launch: Charles Bock presents Alice & Oliver
In conversation with A.M. Homes

Nathaniel PhilbrickNathaniel Philbrick

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Nathaniel Philbrick presents Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
Tickets $30 (includes event admission and book)

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Brooklyn Voices Lineup

Jonathan Franzen

Saturday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
Jonathan Franzen presents Purity
In conversation with Wyatt Mason
Tickets $30 (includes book)

Patti Smith

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.
Patti Smith presents M Train
Tickets $25 (includes book)

Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Macarthur "Genius Grant" winner)
Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Ta-Nehisi Coates presents Between the World and Me
In conversation with interviewer James Bennet of The Atlantic
Tickets $24 (includes book)

Kristin Hersh

Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Kristin Hersh presents Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up on Vic Chesnutt
In conversation with Amanda Petruisch
Tickets $23 (includes book)

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor present Welcome to Night Vale
Tickets $20 (includes book) 

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011