#ArtLitPhx: Revisiting The Underground Railroad


Date: October 18, 2018

Time: 7pm-8pm

Location: North Ballroom, UA Memorial Union, 1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719


Event Description:

Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature.

From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange, and the surreal. His newest novel, The Underground Railroad, reimagines pre-Civil War America, exploring an alternate reality in which the underground railroad is no mere metaphor, but an actual subterranean train system delivering slaves to freedom. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

In Partnership with Arizona Humanities

Learn more at humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu

Do I need a ticket to attend the event?

Yes. All attendees (including UA students, faculty and staff) will need to present an Eventbrite ticket upon arrival to the event. Seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those who arrive without a ticket will be directed to a stand-by line and will be seated, according to availability, starting at 6:50 p.m.

What time do the doors open?

The doors to the North Ballroom will open at 6:30 p.m.

What is the format of Mr. Whitehead’s talk?

Mr. Whitehead will speak for about 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q & A session.

Will Mr. Whitehead’s book be available for purchase at the event?

The Underground Railroad and other Whitehead books will be available for purchase prior to and following his talk.

Will Mr. Whitehead be willing to sign my book?

Yes, book signing will take place after the presentation.

Where can I park?

Closest parking is available in the Second Street Garage. For other options, visit https://parking.arizona.edu/parking/garages/visitor-parking/