Colson Whitehead, Author of The Underground Railroad
Monday, October 24, 2016
Carnegie Music Hall, 7:30 pm
4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213
A limited number of last minute tickets will be available for purchase at the box office from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Honors College
Prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead’s new book, The Underground Railroad: A Novel, is a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
Whitehead’s earlier novel The Intuitionist, which was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was called by Time Magazine, “The freshest racial allegory since Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” His novel John Henry Days was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other works include The Colossus of New York, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of the PEN/Oakland Award; Sag Harbor, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; Zone One, a New York Times bestseller; and The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death.
Whitehead’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Squirrel Hill’s local independent bookstore Classic Lines Books & More will be selling copies of Whitehead’s books before and after the lecture.
Presented in partnership with The Aurora Reading Club and the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh
More about Colson Whitehead:
- Colson Whitehead’s website
- NPR interviews with Whitehead
- Dinner Party Download interview: Colson Whitehead Deals Out Poker Lore
- Lecture at the Black Studies Program, The City College of New York
Made Possible by the Drue Heinz Trust