A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Gregory Halpern

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:30 pm

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of our most original and perceptive voices on racial identity, systemic racial bias, and white supremacy. The author of the bestselling nonfiction works The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, he can now add novelist to his list of achievements. The Water Dancer, a boldly imagined novel of magic and adventure, is coming out this September.

All single ticket orders and Create Your Own Series subscriptions (except Student/U25 and complimentary tickets) include Coates’ new novel, The Water Dancer.

Coates is the author of three bestselling books: the memoir The Beautiful Struggle – a reflection on race, class, and masculinity that tells of his growing up in Baltimore, the son of a former Black Panther; Between The World And Me, written in the form of a letter to his son about American racial injustice; and We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays on the Obama Era published in The Atlantic.

His forthcoming novel, The Water Dancer, is about a young black man, born into slavery in Virginia, who discovers he is gifted with a mysterious power; soon after, he embarks on a journey into the covert war on slavery, which takes him from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s plantations to abolitionist guerrilla cells in the wilderness.

Coates’ essays have appeared in local and national publications, including the Village Voice, the Washington Post, The New York Times MagazineTime MagazineThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic, where he was a national correspondent until 2018. His widely popular column at The Atlantic earned him a place on the TIME Best Blogs of 2011 list and the 2012 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. Among his many other accolades, he has been awarded a MacArthur Grant in 2015, and Between the World and Me won the National Book Award in 2015.

A big comic book fan since childhood, Coates was delighted when he was tapped by Marvel in 2016 to write the new Black Panther comic series in cooperation with the illustrator Brian Stelfreeze, and a new Captain America title with artist Leinil Yu.

Coates is currently a writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is working on several projects, including a television project about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, titled America in the King Years, produced by Oprah Winfrey to air on HBO, based on one of the volumes of the books of the same title by Taylor Branch.

This is Coates’ third appearance on the SAL stage.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go

  • This format for this event will be a conversation with Mr. Coates about his latest book (and first novel), The Water Dancer.
  • All tickets for this event include Mr. Coates’ new book, The Water Dancer, except Student/U25 and complimentary tickets.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

SAL is for everyone. We want all audience members to be able to experience our lectures and readings regardless of accessibility concerns. Accessibility services at our venues are provided at no cost to ticket holders. If you find you need to sit closer to the stage to accommodate your needs but find the cost of a Patron ticket prohibitive, then please contact us—we will seat you where you need to be, regardless of cost.

Open Captioning occurs at every event that takes place at Benaroya Hall. It is also always available upon request for all events in our other halls, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for Open Captioning services, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

Assisted Listening Devices, including Hearing Loop Assisted Listening Systems, are available at all of our venues, with the exception of Broadway Performance Hall. If you would like more information, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

ASL-Interpretated Events are always available upon request, with a two-week minimum notice. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

Wheelchair Accessible Ticketing is available in all sections at our venues, and and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. If you would like more information, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.

For any further questions or requests, or to offer Seattle Arts & Lectures feedback on how we can be more accessible and inclusive, please reach out to our Patron Services Manager at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10.