Colson Whitehead is bringing “The Underground Railroad” to the Miami Book Fair.
If you’re a reader, you’ve probably heard a lot about this novel lately. It’s a riveting, harrowing, glorious blend of history and fantasy about a young slave named Cora who escapes a Georgia plantation via a literal underground railroad (note to those not up on their American history: the real underground railroad did not involve trains and tracks). The book has earned rave reviews (including mine) and has been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.
And this week, “The Underground Railroad” made its way to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Who says literary masterpieces don’t sell?
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Anyway, we have it on good authority that Whitehead — a MacArthur “genius” grant winner who’s also the author of “The Intuitionist,” “John Henry Days,” “The Colossus of New York,” “Apex Hides the Hurt,” “Sag Harbor” and “Zone One” — will appear at the book fair over the weekend of Nov. 19-20. Maybe even on Friday, Nov. 18, when the fair hosts winners and nominees of the National Book Award. That’s up to the NBA judges.
The fair runs from Nov. 13-20 at Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Best way to assure yourself of a seat for popular authors? Become a Friend of the Fair.