blackbirdonline journalSpring 2017  Vol. 16 No. 2
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A Reading by Colson Whitehead
captured February 9, 2017

On February 9, 2017, Colson Whitehead delivered the 15th Annual VCU Libraries Black History Month Lecture. He begins with an immensely humorous and authentic discussion of his journey as a writer and then reads from his novel The Underground Railroad (Doubleday, 2016), which won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize. Lastly, Whitehead participates in a Q&A, responding to questions ranging from the conception of the novel and his writing process to knowledge of his ancestry and his take on the current political climate.  end