05 Oct Virtual BABEL: Ta-Nehisi Coates (04.22.2021) Categories: Official JB Events Timelines: 2: BABEL, 2: BABEL Archive, 2: Civil Writes Project Archive
Where: Online (via Crowdcast)
Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Join Just Buffalo for a BABEL like no other as we welcome bestselling author and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates for a virtual conversation with Artistic Director Barbara Cole. Coates’s books include We Were Eight Years in Power and Between The World And Me, winner of the National Book Award in 2015. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Coates is also the author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America. For more information on Coates, please visit prhspeakers.com.
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(Photograph of Ta-Nehisi Coates © Nina Subin)
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in September 2019. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America. For more information on Coates, please visit prhspeakers.com.
About the book
Between The World And Me
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
National Book Award Winner
Named one of Time‘s Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
“Hailed by Toni Morrison as ‘required reading,’ a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between The World And Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.