Colson Whitehead

Winner of the National Book Award and Novelist

Monday, September 25, 2017

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, recently awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the 2016 National Book Award and the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He is the author of six novels, including his debut work, the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, 2011s John Henry Days, and 2011s Zone One, a New York Times bestseller. Whitehead was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan. He attended Trinity in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard in 1991. Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in a number of publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Granta. Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Writing Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He currently resides in New York City.

The Underground Railroad is an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” – NPR