Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive African American voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author of the New York Times best-seller Between the World and Me. The collection of essays, written as letters to his teenage son, Samori, moves from Baltimore to Howard University to New York City to Paris, France, addressing what it means to be black in America.
Between the World and Me “will be hailed as a classic of our time” according to Publishers Weekly and is “required reading” according to Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison. Slate said the book is “destined to remain on store shelves, bedside tables, and high school and college syllabi long after its author or any of us have left this Earth.” Released in July 2015, it won the National Book Award, was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and won the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
A former Village Voice writer, Coates is a journalist-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He was previously a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT and has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. He was the winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship and was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”
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Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.