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Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad
AWW Special Event

  • About


    Celebrated American novelist Colson Whitehead comes to Adelaide with his 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad. This magnificent novel tells the story of a young slave, Cora's desperate journey to escape from a cotton plantation in Georgia on the eve of the American Civil War. Her escape is via the legendary, albeit desperately risky, Underground Railroad, here imagined as a secret network of tracks and tunnels underneath the American South, a journey that promises freedom.

    Join him for a conversation about history, his early career and what it's like to be selected for Oprah's Book Club.

  • Credits

    Credit: Madeline Whitehead

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