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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts


address  1300 Biscayne Blvd.
 Miami, FL  33132
phone (305) 949-6722
www.arshtcenter.org

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures
Colson Whitehead, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Oprah’s Book Club selection The Underground Railroad, will be in Miami for an exclusive appearance to celebrate the highly-anticipated follow-up, The Nickel Boys: A Novel (Penguin Random House)—a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. The event is presented in partnership with Books & Books and Miami Book Fair and will be introduced by Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books. In his speech accepting the 2016 National Book Award for The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead summarized the responsibility of writers in our difficult times: Be Kind. Make Art. Fight the Power. With his astonishing new novel, it’s clear he’s taken his own counsel to heart. A perfect follow-up and companion to The Underground Railroad, in The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead recreates the horrors of segregation and the struggles of the Civil Rights movement as the backdrop for an emotionally charged and compulsively readable novel populated with deeply empathetic characters. In the early 1960s, as the Civil Rights movement begins to reach segregated Tallahassee, Florida, one innocent mistake is all it takes for Elwood Curtis to become sentenced to the Nickel Academy — a grotesque chamber of horrors where sadistic staff abuse the students, corrupt officials steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Elwood takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart. “Throw us in jail and will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naïve — that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that will echo for decades.
Event Info: (305) 949-6722
Price: $35
Event Website: https://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2018-2019-Season/Arsht-Center-Presents/An-Evening-with-Colson-Whitehead/
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 • Fri 7/26/19 at 8pm