Best-selling author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates took the incisive critical lens he uses in his thought-leading pieces for “The Atlantic” and sharpened it into something grander for his latest book, the epic ”Between the World and Me.” In the process, he has gained the praise of Toni Morrison (who deemed him a successor to the legacy of James Baldwin), conjured the criticism of Dr. Cornel West and solidified his reputation as one of the nation’s leading authorities on racism. 

This evening, Coates will appear on stage at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a public conversation on race and American political history. If you’re not lucky enough to be in New York and get a seat for this event, we’ve included a livestream above, courtesy of the New York Public Library. It starts at 6:30 pm ET.