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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (virtual event)

Thu, September 24 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


NOTE: Colson Whitehead will not be traveling in person to Portland this season. Rather than wait until 2022 for an in-person event, we have decided to make this event virtual and will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

What you need to know:

  • High Quality: This event will have a high production value, and will deliver a unique evening with one of our greatest writers at work today.  This event will only be available to subscribers to the 2019-20 season, which is sold out, via a private channel online.
  • More Communication Coming: We will be sending you more emailed information on how you can access the event online. We appreciate your patience, as we transition to virtual programming.
  • Refund Requests Accepted: While it is not our usual policy to refund all or partial subscriptions, we understand these are unprecedented times, and will be accepting refund requests that will be one-fifth of your 2019/2020 subscription cost. Our staff is continuing to work remotely, and while we are monitoring phone lines, email is the best way to keep in touch. Questions or concerns can be sent to la@literary-arts.org or you can call us at: 503-227-2583 M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Please note: this rescheduled event is NOT considered part of the 2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures season line-up. It is the conclusion of the 2019/20 series, which is sold-out.

The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and journalists whose award-winning works cover the most compelling issues of our time.

The series will close on September 24 with Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, a New York Times best seller which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award.

The 2019/2020 season is sold-out. 2020/ 2021 season subscriptions available now.

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Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and reviewer whose most recent works include 2019’s The Nickel Boys and 2016’s The Underground Railroad, a New York Times best seller which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. NPR hailed The Underground Railroad as “an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” Whitehead’s other books include The Noble Hustle, Zone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
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