- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with Colson Whitehead
- Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author
- Colson Whitehead is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of unforgettable novels such as The Underground Railroad (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), Zone One, John Henry Days and The Intuitionist
- His 2020 book The Nickel Boys also garnered a Pulitzer Prize, making him the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers for fiction
- This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
- Thursday, April 28th / 7:30 p.m. Pacific / Campbell Hall
- Note new venue: This event has moved from the Granada Theatre to UCSB Campbell Hall
- $35 – $25 : General Public / $10 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
- Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination (including booster, when eligible) is required for all attendees. Visit https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/SeasonFAQs/ for updates and further details.
- Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu
- This event includes an at-home viewing option (live stream only; no replay).
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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents An Evening with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. Campbell Hall. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
Colson Whitehead is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of unforgettable novels such as The Underground Railroad (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), Zone One, John Henry Days and The Intuitionist. He was named New York’s 11th state author in 2018, and his 2020 book The Nickel Boys also garnered a Pulitzer Prize, making Whitehead only the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers for fiction. His highly-anticipated new novel, Harlem Shuffle, was published in the fall of 2021.
Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer’s.
ABOUT COLSON WHITEHEAD
“One of the most gifted novelists in America today.” NPR
“A writer like Whitehead … has rarely seemed more essential.” The New York Times Book Review
Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books and music. His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award.
John Henry Days followed in 2001, an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Colossus of New York is a book of essays about the city. It was published in 2003 and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) is a novel about a “nomenclature consultant” who gets an assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award. Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Zone One (2011), about post-apocalyptic New York City, was a New York Times Bestseller. The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker, appeared in 2014. The Underground Railroad, a novel, was published in the summer of 2016. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The Nickel Boys is a novel inspired by the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the Kirkus Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.
His latest novel Harlem Shuffle was published in September 2021. Whitehead’s reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. In 2018, New York State named him their New York State Authorand in 2020 the Library of Congress awarded him their Prize for American Fiction.
He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond and the University of Wyoming.
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A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx
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Colson Whitehead is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.
This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.
$35 – $25 : General Public / $10 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required).
For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.
Presented in association with Santa Barbara Public Library.
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.
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