62 The Underground Railroad: Colson Whitehead in Conversation with John Freeman

United States
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of seven novels, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant,” Colson Whitehead is a writer with epic and quirky ideas. His first novel dealt with intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors; another was about a nomenclature consultant who gets an assignment to name a town. His latest novel is a new take on the underground railroad, only Whitehead plays fast and loose with history, imagining it as a real train and America as historically unrecognizable. Playful yet deeply serious, his advice to writers is “Get out and see the world. Book passage on a tramp steamer. Rustle up some dysentery; it’s worth it for the fever dreams alone. Lose a kidney in a knife fight. You’ll be glad you did.”