Author Colson Whitehead to deliver Ralph Ellison Lecture


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 4, 2013) —Writer Colson Whitehead will deliver Tuskegee University’s 2013 Ralph Ellison Lecture. Titled “How to Write and the Art of Writing,” the lecture will be held April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel Conference Center at Tuskegee University’s auditorium. The author of six books, Whitehead is considered by many to be one of America’s most talented writers. His first novel, “The Intuitionist,” was published in 1999 and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.

Time reviewer Walter Kirn called it the “freshest racial allegory since Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” His second novel, “John Henry Days,” won the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent novel, “Zone One,” was published in 2011 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Born and raised in New York City, Whitehead received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. After graduation he worked at the Village Voice as a book, television, and movie reviewer. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and Granta. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship. He has taught courses at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Houston and has lectured throughout the country. Whitehead will be the 18th Ralph Ellison lecturer.

The annual Ellison Lecture, sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Continuing Education, features distinguished scholars and artists in an effort to encourage critical examination of significant intellectual, aesthetic, social, and political issues. It recognizes Ralph Ellison’s contributions to American letters and invokes the spirit of intellectual rigor and creativity that his achievements exemplify. This year’s event is included in the Southern Literary Trail, a tri-state collaboration celebrating the South’s literary heritage. For more information, call 334- 727-8100.

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