Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels covering a variety of topics, and has recently attained fame and glory with his most recent novel, The Underground Railroad, which was championed by Oprah Winfrey and won the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
A near full house was present at Northcote Town Hall on Wednesday night to see Colson Whitehead in conversation with Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams.
Colson Whitehead looks a cool guy and came across as unaffected and amiable, not making any big deal of being an American of black descent, though the conversation primarily centred on that issue.
This focus was understandable in light of the subject matter of The Underground Railroad, it being about black slavery in America’s shameful past.
It was an interesting conversation as Colson Whitehead explained how he came to write the novel. He said that he had been thinking of it for many years before he finally wrote it, and that it took several years for it to be finished to his satisfaction.
He was astonished by the reception the novel received, particularly when he was obliged to appear on Oprah’s Book Club show.
I noticed that the event was filmed, but the podcast is now available to listen to here .
Tonight, I’m off to see Ryan Adams at Margaret Court Arena – can’t wait!