Ta-Nehisi Coates & Michael Chabon –
Award-winning authors and friends, Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) join forces onstage in Denver for the Pen & Podium Series, in what promises to be a fascinating, extemporized and open discussion on creativity and the social responsibility of the writer. Both writers have written about cultural, social and political issues of freedom of expression, racism and civil liberties.
Ta-Nehisi Coates – Award-Winning Author and Journalist
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship that same year. As a journalist with a career spanning over two decades, he’s written for numerous publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. During his time reporting for The Atlantic between 2008-2018, he penned numerous articles and essays, including the National Magazine Award-winning 2012 essay Fear of a Black President. Ta-Nehisi also enjoyed a successful run writing Marvel’s Black Panther (2016-2021) and Captain America (2018-2021) comics series.
“The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive.” – Toni Morrison
Michael Chabon – Pulitzer Prize-Winning and Bestselling Author
Michael Chabon is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist, and short story writer. Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was originally written for his master’s thesis at U.C. Irvine and became a New York Times bestseller. His second novel, Wonder Boys, was also a bestseller, and was made into a critically-acclaimed film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. In 2000, he published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won The New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last novel, Moonstruck (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.
“Chabon is a flat-out wonderful writer – evocative and inventive, pointed and poignant.” – Chicago Tribune