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807 | Colson Whitehead: 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction
807 | Colson Whitehead: 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction
Saturday, November 11 | 3 - 4 PM
Art Institute of Chicago
Rubloff Auditorium
230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, who like so many slaves before her, runs toward freedom. In this telling, however, the “underground railroad” is not a metaphor, but an actual subterranean train. Whitehead topped The New York Times bestseller list and won the National Book Award and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for how he brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors of black people before the Civil War, a narrative that weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of today. Pulitzer Prize-winning Tribune columnist Mary Schmich joins Whitehead in conversation.

Preorder your copy of The Underground Railroad through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.


Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the 2016 National Book Award, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. He lives in New York City.

Mary Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. A Georgia native, she was previously a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

  • 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Underground Railroad
  • 08-02-2016