Colson Whitehead at UWM Student Union on Wed Jan 31 7 pm
Boswell and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, present an evening with Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad.
Tickets to the general public are $19 and include admission to the event, all taxes and ticket fees, and a signed paperback edition of The Underground Railroad. Tickets are available at whiteheadmke.brownpapertickets.com or you can order by phone at 800-838-3006. Sales to the general public begin Tuesday, November 28, 12 Noon.
In addition, the UWM box office will have tickets in January available to UWM students, faculty, and staff at a special price. This will also include the book.
Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Whiteheads ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one womans will to escape the horrors of bondageand a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, The Underground Railroad received the National Book Award for fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The book was an Oprah book club selection and a #1 New York Times bestseller.
In addition to our usual gift card option, this event will also offer a physical ticket option. Tickets to Colson Whitehead make a great holiday gift.
Please note there is no gift card option for this event, but a signed copy of The Underground Railroad makes a great gift, a treasured donation to an area school or library, or the perfect addition to a nonprofit's silent auction.
About the author:
Colson Whitehead is also the author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. A recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.
UWM Student Union Wisconsin Room (View)
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Milwaukee, WI 53211
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