NYC paperback release event for Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by NY Times best selling author Colson Whitehead
About this event
Join us for the NYC paperback release event for Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. He will be joined in conversation by Rhonda Evans, voracious reader and Assistant Chief Librarian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division.
Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.
“Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver’s Row don’t approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it’s still home. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This event will also be live streamed to our YouTube channel.
GET THE BOOK
Readers everywhere who wish to get a signed paperback copy of Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead, can do so in-person the night of the event. Additional unsigned copies are available online at The Schomburg Shop. All proceeds benefit The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, he lives in New York City.
RHONDA EVANS is the Assistant Chief Librarian of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where she supports the management of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division’s diverse collections that focus on people of African descent throughout the world. In addition she serves as the Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table and is an appointee to the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She is currently working on a book that documents the impact of Black librarians on the Harlem Renaissance.