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Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the author of seven novels including The Nickel Boys, which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, and was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award. His previous book, The Underground Railroad, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Carnegie Medal for Fiction. His other novels include The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; John Henry Days; Apex Hides the Hurt; Zone One and Sag Harbor.

Whitehead has also written a book of essays about his hometown, The Colossus of New York. His book The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, is a nonfiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Granta. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has taught at several universities, including Wesleyan, Princeton, and Columbia.

  • 2013