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Brown Lecture Series: Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:00pm

400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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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.

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It was excellent.

Excellent 👍

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

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.

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