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 Voice, Washington City Paper, and TIME. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, O, 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.
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)