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Colson Whitehead - 2009 National Book Festival

Fiction and fantasy author Colson Whitehead appears at the National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: After Colson Whitehead graduated from college, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books and music. His first novel, "The Intuitionist" (1999), concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. "John Henry Days" followed in 2001, an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Apex Hides the Hurt" (2006) is a novel about a "nomenclature consultant" who gets an assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award. "Sag Harbor," published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island, during the summer of 1985. He calls it his "autobiographical fourth novel."
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