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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wednesday, October 23, 2024
7:30pm Pacific Time
Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the world-renowned and deeply influential author of essays like “The Case for Reparations” and books like books like Between The World & Me, broadens his view in his new essay collection The Message, traveling around the world to see how the world has changed over the past few years, and in the process unpacking some of our most prominent national myths.

Through his brilliant essays, heartfelt memoirs, and innovative fiction, Ta-Nehisi Coates has risen to become an important voice in the national conversation about race and racism. As a staff writer, and later as an editor, for The Atlantic, Coates published essays that gained national attention and challenged our understanding of race relations in America, including his award winning piece “The Case for Reparations.” With the publication of his book length essay Between the World & Me, Coates became a household name, winning the 2015 National Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and was ranked 7th on The Guardian’s 100 best books of the 21st century. Coates writes from his own experiences of racism, but adds his insightful analyses and vast knowledge to create truly illuminating writing. Coates has also written several Marvel comic books, including Black Panther and Captain America, and published his debut novel in The Water Dancer, a surrealist story of slavery, memory, and moving within a changing world. In Fall of 2024, Coates will publish The Message, a collection of three intertwining essays that take on everything from Afrocentrism and Coates’s first trip to Africa, to the banning of his books and the experiences of activists and dissenters around the world.

A limited number of tickets include a copy of Coates’ new essay collection, The Message.

Photo by Gabriella Demczuk