Ta-Nehisi Coates

As with Rachel Maddow’s evening for her new Blowout, so it could well be, as this goes to press, a sellout for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ evening here with his astounding first novel, The Water Dancer (One World). He who has captivated readers around the world, especially with his most recent books, Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power, does so again, to telling effect in this rich, historically-set novel. So much is in this book in such honed, eloquent ways. Harriet Tubman is among the featured. The story, the language, all of it.

“Coates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.” - Booklist.

“In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly.


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ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7:30pm