Author sponsored by Tucson Medical Center
Colson Whitehead's latest novel is The Underground Railroad, it is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, Oprah's Book Club Pick, and won the National Book Award. Previous novels include Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; and John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 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. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He currently lives in New York City.
Some of the praise he received for, "The Underground Railroad": "With this novel, Colson Whitehead proves that he belongs on any short list of America's greatest authors--his talent and range are beyond impressive and impossible to ignore. The Underground Railroad is an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction."
--Michael Schaub, NPRand:
It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers Project in the 1930's, with echoes of Toni Morrison's Beloved, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift. He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times