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Colson Whitehead 

When: Thu., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. 2016



Having already tackled metaphysical elevator inspection and the zombie apocalypse, Guggenheim- and MacArthur Fellowship-winning author Colson Whitehead can write the hell out of anything. In his new novel, The Underground Railroad, he takes us to the hell of slavery in the antebellum South. In its opening chapters, Whitehead's wild ride presents the brutality and banality of slavery through the eyes of Cora, a third-generation slave on a Georgia cotton plantation. Finally pressed beyond endurance when a merely cruel owner is replaced by his truly evil brother, she and a fellow slave make their way to a spur of the Underground Railroad, presented here, with awe-inspiring realism, as a literal underground railroad tunnel, stretching from Georgia to ... somewhere? Somewhen? For when Cora and Caesar emerge into daylight and behold a South Carolina skyscraper, we know we have well and truly gone into the realm of speculative fiction. —Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

7 p.m., $10–$27,

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