October 11, 2017
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Free. No tickets required.
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Colson Whitehead and The Underground Railroad at Fall for the Book
Kick off the 2017 Fall for the Book festival with a free reading by Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel, The Underground Railroad. The book which follows Cora, an outcast slave on a Georgian plantation in her attempt to escape North on the underground railroad, has captured the minds and hearts of the nation. The Pultizer committee says the book is “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” The LA Times says the book “could not be more timely and necessary.”
Whitehead will read in Harris Theater on Mason's Fairfax campus. This event is free and does not require tickets.
Arrive early for a 6 p.m. talk by esteemed African American and public history scholar, Spencer Crew, author of the book Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives.
Visit www.fallforthebook.org for the full festival schedule, which runs from October 11-14, 2017 at George Mason University and around Northern VA. 4 Days | 150 Authors.