ILFU Book Talk with Colson Whitehead
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Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead will come to Utrecht. During this third ILFU Book Talk he will speak about his latest novel The Nickel Boys that was published this month.
Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are just a few of the great admirers of Colson Whitehead’s work. His novel The Underground Railroad, a powerful story about the history of slavery, left a deep and unforgettable impression and became an international best seller. It was also awarded the National Book Ward. Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, is adapting it into a tv-series.
In The Nickel Boys he refers to a more recent history, that of the early years of the civil rights movement and he tells the story of two teenage boys in a reform school. By mistake Elwood ends up at the Nickel Academy where boys are severely mistreated, tortured and abused. Together with his friend Jack he only has one goal: to escape from this hell. The Nickel Boys has already received five star reviews in Holland and will be published in the US on July 16.
Colson Whitehead’s books are on sale this evening at Savannah Bay’s book stand. After the Talk he will sign his books.
ILFU Book Club with Colson Whitehead
In the afternoon between 3pm and 5pm there will be a unique opportunity to speak with the author himself about The Nickel Boys. During this Book Club you will discuss the book in a small group of avid readers. In the second hour Colson Whitehead will attend and you can pose your questions to him directly. Tickets to the Book Club are on sale here. Please note that the first hour will be conducted in Dutch.