Authors Live!: Colson Whitehead
The Authors Live series will present Colson Whitehead, who will talk about his new novel, The Underground Railroad. In the book, Cora is a slave on a Georgia cotton plantation. Ostracized by the other slaves, Cora finds herself in an especially difficult position as she begins to blossom into adulthood. But then a recently arrived slave named Caesar tells Cora about the Underground Railroad, and the two begin plotting an escape.
In this novel, Whitehead has reimagined the Underground Railroad as an actual, secret, subterranean train system built beneath the South. Cora flees North state by state, stop by stop, frantically trying to elude the slave-catcher on her trail.
The 7 pm event is free and open to the public. A 6 pm reception, by reservation only, is $30 per person and includes a copy of the book. For more information and reservations, call 214-523-2240 or go to www.hpumc.org. Books will be available for purchase and there will be a book signing following the program.