Colossus of New York: City in 13 Parts

THU, OCT 14, 2004 (50:21)

Colson Whitehead re-creates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and heartbreak of New York. The Colossus of New York captures the city’s inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Conveying the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making the city their home, of those who have conquered its challenges, and of those who struggle against its cruelties, Colossus is a portrait of life in the big city.

+ BIO: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead was born in New York City. His first novel, The Intuitionist, won the QPB New Voices Award and was an Ernest Hemingway/PEN Award finalist. His second novel, John Henry Days, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. Whitehead lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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