Sat, October 31, 2009 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • State Capitol
The landscape of post-racial American fiction
Colson Whitehead's first novel, The Intuitionist, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. His follow-up novel, John Henry Days, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His most recent novel is Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor. Whitehead's reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in numerous of publications. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Percival Everett is a professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of sixteen books, including Wounded, American Desert, Erasure and Glyph. He lives in L.A. and British Columbia.