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Events Archive: 2016-17

15th Annual Black History Month Lecture: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Acclaimed multi-genre prose fiction writer Colson Whitehead presents his latest book, the National Book Award–winning novel The Underground Railroad, a haunting fusion of historical fiction and magical realism that tells the story of a pair of slaves who attempt to escape the South using an actual secret network of tunnels and tracks beneath the earth. A book sale, signing and reception follow the talk.

This event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office, at (804) 828-0593.


This event is presented by VCU Libraries and sponsored by the Friends of VCU Libraries and the Francis M. Foster African-American History Endowment Fund.

Image: The Underground Railroad book cover, courtesy of Anchor Books/Coleson Whitehead, by Madeline Whitehead