Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels THE INTUITIONIST, JOHN HENRY DAYS, APPEX HIDES THE HURT, SAG HARBOR and ZONE ONE. He has also written a book of about his hometown, a collection of essays called THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a MacArthur grant, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, he lives in New York City.

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Books by Colson Whitehead

by Colson Whitehead - Adventure, African American Interest, Historical Fiction, Racism

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, but when Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells Cora about the Underground Railroad --- a literal secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil operated by engineers and conductors --- they decide to escape. The escape goes badly, and Core kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. They make it to South Carolina, but the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme for its black denizens. With a relentless slave catcher on their heels, they’re forced to flee again, seeking true freedom this time.

by Colson Whitehead - Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction

In 2011, Grantland magazine sent Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. There was just one hitch: he had never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, Whitehead plunged into the gritty subculture of Texas Hold'em, writing what began as a series of articles and has been expanded into THE NOBLE HUSTLE.

by Colson Whitehead - Fiction, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

After a pandemic devastates the planet, humanity is mostly divided between the living and the living dead. As survivors attempt to restore Manhattan, Mark Spitz and his civilian squad must confront “malfunctioning” stragglers --- those caught in between the living and the undead.

by Colson Whitehead - Fiction


Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. Benji will be tested by contests big and small. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.