Ta-Nehisi Coates

Paris, France. September 14, 2015. Ta-Nehisi Coates is seen at Cercle Kadrance in Paris, on Monday, September 14, 2015 in Paris, France. Antoine Doyen/AP Images for John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Past Event: Sunday, November 5, 2017

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive voices on Black America. He last appeared at SAL in the 2015/16 Season, where Coates discussed his National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me. Now, he returns with his third book: We Were Eight Years in Power.

With rich emotional depth and a sonar sense of how pop culture, politics, and history shape discussions of diversity, Coates is “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation” (Walter Mosley). In 2015, Coates signed on to revive Marvel’s Black Panther superhero story with a new series entitled A Nation Under Our Feet. The first installment in the story premiered in April 2016 and, according to the Guardian, sold more than 250,000 copies in a month, “Making it the bestselling comic in the US so far this year.” In his first venture into the genre, Coates endeavors to answer the question, “Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch?”

Coates has worked for The Village VoiceWashington City Paper, and TIME. He has contributed to The New York Times MagazineThe Washington PostThe Washington MonthlyO, and other publications. He was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 and a journalist-in-residence at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in 2014. He is also a 2015 MacArthur Award Fellow.

Coates’ forthcoming book We Were Eight Years in Power, is an annotated collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama era, including an interview with the past President himself.

 

Selected Works:

Essays

“My President Was Black” (2016)The Atlantic
“There Is No Post-Racial America” (2015)The Atlantic
“The Case for Reparations” (2014)The Atlantic, Winner of the 2014 George Polk Award

Non-Fiction

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Forthcoming in 2017)
Between the World and Me (2015)
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood (2008)

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go

  • Coates will be presented in conversation about his forthcoming book, and SAL Executive Director Ruth Dickey will moderate the evening’s conversation.
  • All tickets except student include a copy of the book.

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

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.