HPU to Host Colson Whitehead for Phoenix Reading Series

Who: High Point University Department of English and the general public. Media are invited to attend.

What: Phoenix Reading Series: Colson Whitehead

Where: Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom on HPU’s campus

When: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sept. 9

Why: High Point University will host author Colson Whitehead as part of the Phoenix Reading Series.

Whitehead is a New York Times best-selling author born and raised in Manhattan. His latest novel, “The Underground Railroad,” is a 2016 selection in Oprah’s Book Club. HPU has sponsored Whitehead through the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem, where he will also present this weekend.

After graduating from Harvard College, Whitehead worked at the Village Voice. He is the author of the novels “Sag Harbor,” a PEN/Faulkner award finalist; “The Intuitionist,” a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; “John Henry Days,” which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and “Apex Hides the Hurt,” a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the PEN Oakland Award. He has also written a book of essays about his hometown, “The Colossus of New York.” whitehead-railroad

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