And the Pulitzer goes to…

Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad! 


“For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” – The Pulitzer Committee in their announcement on April 10, 2017.

Whitehead and CoverPulitzer Prize

First Oprah named it one of her Book Club picks. In November 2016, it won the National Book Award. Then President Obama recommended it to the nation. Now, Colson Whitehead’s groundbreaking novel The Underground Railroad has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Congratulations!

Whitehead at Fall for the Book

On Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., come listen to this bestselling, award winning author talk about his fascinating novel as he kicks off Fall for the Book’s 19th annual festival! His reading will take place in Harris Theater on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.

In addition to The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead is also the author of the novels The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and a collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was previously a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.