Colson Whitehead

Madeline Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:30 pm

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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We last heard from Colson Whitehead in our 2008/09 Season, four books into his career. Five books later, he’s collected a National Book Award and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his latest, The Underground Railroad.

One of America’s most daring and inventive writers, Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels Zone One, Sag Harbor, 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, winner of the PEN Oakland Award. He has also written a book of essays about his hometown, The Colossus of New York, and a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker called The Noble Hustle. Whitehead is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, among other accolades.

His latest novel, The Underground Railroad, is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The selection board hailed the book as “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” In addition, it was the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016. The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who hears about the Underground Railroad and decides to make her terrifying escape, fleeing state by state, seeking her freedom.

Selected Works:

Fiction
The Intuitionist (1999)
John Henry Days (2001)
Apex Hides the Hurt (2006)
Sag Harbor (2009)
Zone One (2011)
The Underground Railroad (2016)

Non-Fiction
The Colossus of New York (2003)
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014)

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go

Program

Colson Whitehead will discuss his work including his latest book, The Underground Railroad. The event will be followed by a Q&A moderated by SAL Executive Director, Ruth Dickey.

 

Books

University Book Store will have copies of The Underground Railroad and other titles by Whitehead available for purchase at their table in the lobby.

 

Book-Signing

There will be no book-signing for this event.

 

Grand Patron & Patron Reception from 6:30–7:15 on the Promenade!

Grand Patron and Patron ticket holders, join us for a chance to meet Colson Whitehead at the pre-event reception on the Promenade. Ushers will direct you upon arrival. The reception will take place from 6:30–7:15.

 

Student Ticket Holders
Don’t forget to head to the special door marked “Student” for entry into the auditorium. An ID check is required for admission into the event.

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.