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Colson Whitehead presents The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death (book launch), in conversation with Nathan Englander

May 6, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

| Free

In 2011, Grantland magazine sent award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead (author of The Intuitionist, Sag Harbor, and Zone One) to brave the harrowing gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. With just six weeks to train, Whitehead plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. Whitehead’s account of his experience encompasses joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game’s golden age, teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling, and the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pick-up at school. The Noble Hustle is a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself. Whitehead talks cards, beef jerky, and literature with author, friend, and fellow poker enthusiast Nathan Englander (For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) at tonight’s book launch event, which will be followed by a signing.

Greenlight partners with St. Joseph’s College to present the Brooklyn Voices series of lectures, forums, performances, and public discussion. The Brooklyn Voices series promotes and enhances the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing writers, artists, and intellectuals with a local forum in which to discuss and present their works.


May 6, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201 United States
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