Colson Whitehead will discuss his National Book Award-winning novel THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD at this event hosted by Family Action Network (FAN).
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels "Zone One"; "Sag Harbor"; "The Intuitionist", a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; "John Henry Days", which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and "Apex Hides the Hurt", winner of the PEN Oakland Award. He has also written a book of essays about his home town, "The Colossus of New York", and a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker called "The Noble Hustle". A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South