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Colson Whitehead Wins Pulitzer Prize Two Weeks Before Making His Appearance Here In Columbus

Colson Whitehead’s hard-hitting historical retake novel, “The Underground Railroad”  has just been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This follows a list of other awards including the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, both of which were also for “The Underground Railroad”. Other accolades for different works include; The Guggenheim Fellowship, The Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Colson himself seems to be pretty excited about the news:

In “The Underground Railroad”, Whitehead tackles issues of oppression and racism in Georgia during an age accepting of cultural enslavement. The story follows Cora, as she struggles north for freedom on the underground railroad. In an imaginative twist, Colson Whitehead transforms the idea of a series of trails and hidden pathways, into an actual underground subway system. The reader follows the characters as they fight to escape their hardships, forced along the same dark journey of reflection as the protagonists.

News of the book’s new award precedes his upcoming visit to Columbus and his presentation at the Bexley Public Library. In order to purchase tickets to see this award-winning author visit, visit the Bexley Library’s website at

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