Author Series

An Eventing with Colson Whitehead

Join us on April 28 at the Bexley High School Schottenstein Theatre to hear
National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead. He will discuss his acclaimed novel,
The Underground Railroad, a beautiful and heartbreaking story following Cora
as she makes her escape from slavery and pursues freedom along a reimagined Underground Railroad.

To purchase tickets, visit:


Location: Bexley High School Schottenstein Theatre
Address: 326 South Cassingham Road
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $20 and $15 ticket options (see seating chart),
Student tickets are free with valid student ID*
(students must still reserve their seat through Eventbrite)

Colson Whitehead will speak, followed by a Q&A moderated by Fred Andrle. A book signing will follow.
Additionally, copies of Colson Whitehead's works, including The Underground Railroad,
will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.

Doors open and seating begins at 6pm. Guests will be released for the book signing by row,
continuing from front to back. Limit of 3 books per person.

Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities.
For more information, contact


Presented by: Giant Eagle

Lead Sponsors: Linda & Frank Kass; Paige & Michael Crane; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; and the Whitehall Bexley Rotary Club Foundation

Literary Sponsors: Bexley Bed & Breakfast, Friends of Bexley Public Library, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Orangetheory Fitness Bexley, Stolz-Mead Advertising, and US Realty Consultants, Inc.

Community Partners: Bexley City Schools, Bexley Community Foundation, City of Bexley, Kelton House Museum & Garden, WCBE 90.5 FM


Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone OneSag HarborThe Intuitionist, John Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.


Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Time Magazine Book of the Year
#1 Amazon Book of the Year
New York Times Best Book of the Year
Washington Post Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award, Historical Fiction
Finalist for the PEN America Award
Oprah's Book Club Pick, August 2016

"The Underground Railroad confirms Colson Whitehead’s reputation as one of our most daring and inventive writers. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. Whitehead revisits the grotesque barbarities of our nation’s history in the interest of our common stake in freedom and dignity. He has given us an electrifying narrative of the past, profoundly resonant with the present." 

- National Book Award Judges Citation

“Every now and then a book comes along that reaches the marrow of your bones, settles in, and stays forever. This is one. It’s a tour de force, and I don’t say that lightly.”

- Oprah Winfrey

“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift.... He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.”

- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times