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Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle Highlights

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead arrives in Melbourne to take readers on a journey through the bygone eras that inspired his new Harlem Trilogy.

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One of only four writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice, Colson Whitehead is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of works including The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which was also adapted for the small screen, produced and directed by Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins.

Whitehead begun his new Harlem Trilogy with Harlem Shuffle, a genre-hopping family saga that acts as a crime novel, a morality play, a social novel about race and power, and a love letter to Harlem. Its sequel, Crook Manifesto, will be published in July 2023.

For the Wheeler Centre’s World of Words, hear from Whitehead live in conversation with journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe as he shares his creative process bringing bygone eras to life for the modern reader, discusses the challenges and rewards of writing a sequel for the first time, and immerses Melbourne audiences in the world of Harlem Shuffle.


Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.



This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

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