Author Sam Graham-Felsen will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist Wesley Morris to discuss his debut ‘Green,’ a coming-of-age story about systemic racism and the struggle to rise in America
Sam Graham-Felsen, a Brooklyn-based journalist and former chief blogger for President Barack Obama, presents his highly anticipated debut novel Green, a coming-of-age story about race, privilege and the struggle to rise in America, at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on Tuesday, January 9. Graham-Felsen will be joined by NY Times journalist Wesley Morris to discuss his book.
Set in 1992 Boston, Green is the story about a life-changing friendship between David Greenfield, one of the few white kids at Martin Luther King, Jr. middle school and Marlon Wellings, a loner from the public housing project. Everybody clowns David, girls ignore him – until Marlon sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. But as their friendship forms, David begins to see and understand his own privilege and the systemic racism around him. He realizes how little he knows about Marlon’s world. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he’s been given—and that Marlon has not.
Graham-Felsen was a chief blogger on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His nonfiction writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and Buzzfeed.
Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and critic-at-large for The New York Times will lead the conversation with Graham-Felsen. Morris also is the co-host NY Times-produced podcast Still Processing, a weekly talk on culture in its broadest sense which includes interviews with colleagues, friends and other creative makers and thinkers.
Sam Graham-Felsen with Wesley Morris Discuss “Green”
When: Tuesday, January 9 at 7:30 pm
Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217