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All In-Person Pratt Library Events Cancelled, Virtual Events Now Available

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library locations are closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.

Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.

Brown Lecture Series: Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Colson Whitehead's latest novel, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Heartland Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hurston-Wright Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He is also 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.

Parking is free on Park Avenue and Cathedral Street after 6pm. Parking is $5 in the Franklin Street Garage after 5pm.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale. There will be no public book signing. 

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

Central Library, Central Hall
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Brown Lecture Series

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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Jo Ann Jolivet

Jo Ann Jolivet left a positive review 11/14/2019

It was excellent.

Theodore Bracey

Theodore Bracey left a positive review 11/14/2019

Excellent 👍

Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown left a positive review 11/13/2019

Colson Whitehead was a master last evening utilizing humor and antics to share his journey from childhood to author.

Gilbert Bliss

Gilbert Bliss left a review 11/13/2019

I was looking forward to Mr. Whitehead's lecture, but I could only hear about 2/3 of it. This was partly because of the echo and partly because I don't think he was close enough to the microphone. Disappointing.


Maureen left a positive review 11/13/2019

Library is beautiful - first visit since renovations. Whitehead was a very engaging and eloquent.

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