The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist talks about Harlem, hooligans, race and class in the '60s. His novel Harlem Shuffle, now out in paperback, is about a furniture store owner in Harlem who's sideline is fencing stolen goods. Also Justin Chang reviews the new film Three Thousand Years of Longing by director George Miller, who made the Mad Max movies. It stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
This week we're talking jewelry heists. Which notorious thieves were caught by police, and which got away? Alexis has the answers. Then, it's on to our book. Orphaned in high school, Ray Carney worked his way through college and now owns his own furniture store in 1960s Harlem. He's a family man living the American dream, but some dreams are no different than nightmares. Fighting both familial and internal influences, Carney must outlast three separate heists to secure the lives of those he loves most. Will he survive? Or will this man lose himself trying to find his dream? The book is Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Let's get LIT! Find Alexis and Kari online: Instagram — www.instagram.com/litsocietypod/; Twitter — twitter.com/litsocietypod; Facebook — www.facebook.com/LitSocietyPod/; and our website www.LitSocietyPod.com. Get in on the conversation by using #booksanddrama.
They say good things come in threes. And a lot of people suspect author Colson Whitehead may become the first person this century to win three Pulitzer Prize awards in fiction. Only three other novelists, William Faulkner, John Updike and Booth Tarkington, have won two Pulitzers for fiction. Whitehead was recognized for "The Underground Railroad" and "The Nickel Boys." Both books use prose to draw attention and insight to systemic racism in America. | RELATED | Colson Whitehead talks about his new book 'Harlem Shuffle' But Whitehead's latest novel, "Harlem Shuffle," his eighth, takes a detour and tells the story of Ray Carney, a lovable crook in 1960s Harlem.On this Dying to Ask:Why "Harlem Shuffle" is such a diversion from Colson's previous two novels How he found out he'd won a Pulitzer Prize and how it changed his life What it's like to write a crime caper and why listening to our parents can save us a lot of time
Colson Whitehead Finally Gets To Flex His Comedy Muscle
NPR's Book of the Day
After writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning books The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, author Colson Whitehead needed a change of pace. So for his next novel, Harlem Shuffle, he decided to tackle topics near and dear to his heart: heists and New York real estate. In today's episode, Morning Edition host Noel King talks to Whitehead about his book's protagonist, a furniture retailer named Ray Carney, and what draws him to a double life of crime.
# 220 - Book Club: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
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Today, I sit down with my friends Cathy and Kirsten to book club the book “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead. We talk about how the book was impactful, what we liked about it, and what we’re reading next. We also talk about turning 50, our health, Cathy getting a puppy, our busy summer plans, and much more! Our next book club will be “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke This episode is brought to you by Coterie diapers and wipes. Get 20% off your first order plus free shipping at http://www.coterie.com/wife Check out the new Wife of the Party Facebook groups here: https://www.facebook.com/wifeotp/groups I have WOTP merch! You can buy a brand new Wife of the Party mug, shirt, or a tote bag at http://www.wifeotp.com If you have any questions you would like me to answer on the podcast feel free to email me from my website at http://www.wifeotp.com Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review the podcast!
Black History Minute- Celebrates Colson Whitehead- Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist
Murder, Mystery & Mayhem Laced with Morality
Whitehead was born in New York City on November 6, 1969 and is an American novelist. He is the author of eight novels, including his 1999 debut work The intuitionist and The Underground Railroad in 2016, for which he won the 2016 national book award for fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction again in 2020 for The Nickel boys. He has also published two books of nonfiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Genius Grant. After graduating from college, he wrote for the Village Voice. While working at the Voice, he began drafting his first novel. Whitehead’s seventh novel, The Nickel Boys was inspired by the real life story of the Dozier school for Boys (part of the Florida Department of juvenile justice) in Florida where children convicted of minor offenses suffered horrific abuse and many were killed. Many of the murders are still being investigated at the time of this broadcast and it is believed that over 100 bodies were buried on the school grounds. Three times as many black as white students died and were buried at this school. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/katherine-hutchinson-hayes/support
What's the T? Happy New Year! It's 2022 and WhatstheTbookclub podcast is back with another season of "T" and good books we think you should read. In this episode, Ron and I unpack the many topics and themes we took from The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. As you listen to this podcast, please remember that our "T" is based on our perspective of the book. This novel was a great segway into Black History Month as we also reveal what book we will be reading in the month of February and our reading goals as well. Don't forget to like, subscribe, follow us on all social media platforms: IG: @whatsthetbookclub FB: @whatsthetbookclub Twitter: @whatthetb Always Remember: Stay Safe and Keep Reading!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/whatsthetbookclub/message
Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his novel "The Underground Railroad." It's an alternate history of slavery in America from an author who has built a reputation on tweaking the boundaries of reality in order to reveal more about the world we live in. We listen back to an interview with Whitehead at Oregon State University.
Colson Whitehead with Vinson Cunningham: Harlem Shuffle
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead (author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys) opens the 92Y Poetry Center’s 83rd season with a presentation of his new novel, Harlem Shuffle, followed by a conversation with Vinson Cunningham. A love letter to 1960s New York, Harlem Shuffle is a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, and a social novel about race and power. The program was recorded on September 14, 2021 in front of a live audience at New York's 92nd Street Y.