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Virtual Distinguished Speaker » Colson Whitehead

Crystal Bridges welcomes acclaimed author Colson Whitehead in this virtual lecture centered on his award winning novel, The Nickel Boys, an exploration of life under Jim Crow told from the perspective of two boys in one of the country’s most notorious juvenile correctional institutions. This meticulously researched and searing book was an instant New York Times bestseller and won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. It was also longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award and nominated for The National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival.


Following the lecture, join us on Zoom for a special post-lecture chat with Dr. Lisa Corrigan, speaker in the KUAF series The Movement That Never Was: A People’s Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas, to further discuss and reflect on the lecture topics with members of the community. When you register for the lecture, you’ll receive an additional Zoom link to the post-lecture event.


Free, register to join the conversation via Zoom if you’d like to interact and ask questions, or tune in through Facebook Live to watch.


Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange, and the surreal. Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He lives in New York City.


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November 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Zoom Meeting