The Water Dancer: An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates (A FAN Event)

The Family Action Network presents An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates. His debut novel, The Water Dancer, has just been released. Mr. Coates will be in conversation with poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Note: This is not a signing event for Mr. Coates. We cannot secure autographed books for you; he will not be signing books this evening.  We can secure signed copies of Mr. Abburaqib's books Go Ahead in the Rain and his new poetry collection, A Fortune for Your Disaster. 

"In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation's most important writers, tackling one of America's oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Coates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations." --Booklist (starred review)

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful StruggleWe Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Coates lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist. and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named a best book of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, and Pitchfork, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest, was a New York Times Bestseller.

More about The Water Dancer:  From the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children--the violent and capricious separation of families--and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today's most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.

Event date: 

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.


A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review