Colson Whitehead

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Writers of Color Loom Large on National Book Awards Longlist

Stories that center people of color are prominently recognized across all the honored genres, from fiction to poetry to translated literature.

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Colson Whitehead's Next Novel Explores Abuse of Black Boys at Reform School

“The Nickel Boys” will draw on the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where many Black students died from ritual abuse.

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Barry Jenkins to Adapt Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad' for Amazon

Whitehead’s 2016 novel envisions the Underground Railroad as an actual subterranean rail network.

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LISTEN: BBC Streams Audio of Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad'

Actor Clarke Peters narrates the free 10-episode audio series.