Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead (Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, renowned for his masterful storytelling and insightful explorations of American history and culture. Born in 1969, Whitehead has captivated readers with his diverse literary works that span various genres, from literary fiction to nonfiction. He gained widespread acclaim for his multi-award winning novel The Underground Railroad, a gripping and imaginative portrayal of slavery in America.

Books by Colson Whitehead

“We look at the whole of the book, rather than judging the word count, imprint, anything like that. And we wouldn’t have the numbers of entries we do if the divide between science fiction and literary fiction wasn’t breaking down. A classic example is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. That won a National Book Award in America, and was praised by Barack Obama as well as winning the Clarke Award.”

The Best Science Fiction of 2021: The Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist

Interviews where books by Colson Whitehead were recommended

Notable Novels of Fall 2021, recommended by Cal Flyn

Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn offers a round-up of the notable novels that need to be on your literary radar in Fall 2021, including the hotly anticipated new book from Sally Rooney—set to dominate bestseller lists in the coming weeks—as well as eagerly awaited follow-ups from Richard Osman and Elizabeth Strout, and a return to more traditional fiction from Karl Ove Knausgård.

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