Greenlight Bookstore’s new club gives members a head start on collecting.
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One of the reasons to value print books over e-books is, well, their value. When it comes to great literature, a collection of signed first editions can appreciate like great works of art. Which is why we’re glad that Greenlight Bookstore, which opened three years ago in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and has fast become one of the city’s premier venues for major author appearances, recently started a signed first editions club for new releases.
Greenlight First Editions Club is a monthly subscription service for signed first editions of major new literary fiction and non-fiction books. The first book in the series, for instance, was MacArthur Genius Grant recipient George Saunders’s new Tenth of December. Not only did club members get signed first-edition copies of the book (which the New York Times Magazine called “the best book you’ll read this year”), but the store held a book-launch party for the famous author. Crowds gathered outside, and a line wrapped around the block to hear him talk.
Greenlight will not have an event for every book selected, but the next few look promising. Next month, for instance, it’s Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and she’ll appear at the store on February18. (Russell’s 2011 debut, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.)
Membership is available through the Greenlight website, and members can opt to receive their signed first editions by mail—so no, you don’t have to live in Brooklyn.