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An Evening with Colson Whitehead 

When: Tue., April 19 2016

TUESDAY, APRIL 19

AN EVENING WITH COLSON WHITEHEAD

In 1999, when Colson Whitehead earned acclaim for his debut novel The Intuitionist, John Updike's faint-praise description of him as "the young African-American writer to watch" was de rigueur. In the ensuing years, critical and commercial recognition of Whitehead's fiction and nonfiction have become less qualified. In his novels, he's drawn a bead on race, consumer culture, and the life of cities through such baroque means as a reimagined life of mythic John Henry, the Band-Aid industry, and zombies; Whitehead's literary facility knows few bounds. "Once your subject finds you," he told The Times, "it's like falling in love." On Tuesday he'll talk about his long-awaited new novel, The Underground Railroad, as well as the endlessly discussable, oddly elusive topic of the art of fiction writing. Duke's Nancy Armstrong and Mark Anthony Neal are along to steer the conversation. —David Klein

NASHER MUSEUM OF ART, DURHAM 5:30 p.m., free, www.nasher.duke.edu

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