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Novelist Colson Whitehead to Give Reading at Pomona College

Colson Whitehead

Author Colson Whitehead—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Hemingway award—will give a reading at Pomona College on Monday, March 5 at 4:15 p.m., in Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

Whitehead’s most recent novel Zone One (2011) is a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel. A pandemic has devastated the planet and the plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Esquire praised Zone One as “the best book of the fall…[it] provides the chilling fleshy pleasures of zombies who lurch, pursue, hunger…while brilliantly reformulating an old-hat genre.” According to The Daily Beast, Whitehead is  "a satirist so playful that you often don't even feel his scalpel, Whitehead toys with the shards of contemporary culture with an infectious glee. Here he upends the tropes of the zombie story in the canyons of lower Manhattan. Horror has rarely been so unsettling, and never so grimly funny.”

His first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. His second novel John Henry Days (2001) was an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His other books include The Colossus of New York, Apex Hides the Hurt and Sag Harbor. His reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta, among other publications. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002.

John Updike wrote in The New Yorker, “[Whitehead's] writing does what writing should do; it refreshes our sense of the world.”

For more information, contact: (909) 607-2212.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.