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Saturday, October 15 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Fiction Keynote: Colson Whitehead Talks with Saeed Jones

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Colson Whitehead’s latest work of fiction, The Underground Railroad, imagines the metaphorical underground railroad as a real railroad shuttling slaves to freedom. With this imaginative leap into fantasy, Whitehead also lays bare the cruel reality of slavery. Praise for this highly original novel has been universal, with Kirkus Reviews declaring that Whitehead executes his “inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank” and Publishers Weekly calling it “literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric.” Join Fiction Keynote and Oprah pick Colson Whitehead as he talks with poet and executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed, Saeed Jones.

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Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also a finalist... Read More →

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Colson Whitehead

Fiction Keynote
Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. He is the author of seven novels, most notably The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
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