Join us on April 28 at the Bexley High School Schottenstein Theatre to hear
National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead. He will discuss his acclaimed novel,
The Underground Railroad, a beautiful and heartbreaking story following Cora
as she makes her escape from slavery and pursues freedom along a reimagined Underground Railroad.
To purchase tickets, visit: www.bexleyauthorseries.
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Location: Bexley High School Schottenstein Theatre
Address: 326 South Cassingham Road
Cost: $20 and $15 ticket options (see seating chart),
Student tickets are free with valid student ID*
(students must still reserve their seat through Eventbrite)
Colson Whitehead will speak, followed by a Q&A moderated by Fred Andrle. A book signing will follow.
Additionally, copies of Colson Whitehead's works, including The Underground Railroad,
will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.
Doors open and seating begins at
continuing from front to back. Limit of 3 books per person.
Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Presented by: Giant Eagle
Lead Sponsors: Linda & Frank Kass; Paige & Michael Crane; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; and the Whitehall Bexley Rotary Club Foundation
Literary Sponsors: Bexley Bed & Breakfast, Friends of Bexley Public Library, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Orangetheory Fitness Bexley, Stolz-Mead Advertising, and US Realty Consultants, Inc.
Community Partners: Bexley City Schools, Bexley Community Foundation, City of Bexley, Kelton House Museum & Garden, WCBE 90.5 FM
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.
PRAISE FOR THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Time Magazine Book of the Year
#1 Amazon Book of the Year
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award, Historical Fiction
Finalist for the PEN America Award
Oprah's Book Club Pick, August 2016
"The Underground Railroad confirms Colson Whitehead’s reputation as one of our most daring and inventive writers. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. Whitehead revisits the grotesque barbarities of our nation’s history in the interest of our common stake in freedom and dignity. He has given us an electrifying narrative of the past, profoundly resonant with the present."
- National Book Award Judges Citation
“Every now and then a book comes along that reaches the marrow of your bones, settles in, and stays forever. This is one. It’s a tour de force, and I don’t say that lightly.”
- Oprah Winfrey
“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel...it possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift.... He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.”
- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times