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The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

Warwick’s & University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences present
Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Shiley Theater
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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This is a ticketed event.

$27.00 - One General Admission & one copy of The Nickel Boys
$37.00 - Two General Admissions & one copy of The Nickel Boys

  • Check-In starts at 6:15pm.
  • Please print out your tickets.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Customers will receive a copy of The Nickel Boys. Additional books will be available for purchase at this event.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot.
  • The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Colson Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Underground Railroad, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, he lives in New York City.

A perfect follow-up and companion to The Underground Railroad, in The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead recreates the horrors of segregation and the struggles of the Civil Rights movement as the backdrop for an emotionally charged and compulsively readable novel populated with deeply empathetic characters.

In the early 1960s, as the Civil Rights movement begins to reach segregated Tallahassee, Florida, one innocent mistake is all it takes for Elwood Curtis to become sentenced to the Nickel Academy — a grotesque chamber of horrors where sadistic staff abuse the students, corrupt officials steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Elwood takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart. “Throw us in jail and will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naïve — that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that will echo for decades.

Highlighting a story that hasn’t been widely shared before about one of our country’s secret tragedies, in The Nickel Boys, not only does Colson Whitehead bring to life vividly the evils of Jim Crow America — he also brings to life the heartbreaking story of two boys and their impossible choices. Elwood and Turner will become known to readers as two of the most indelible characters in modern fiction thanks to Colson Whitehead’s prodigious talent and boundless compassion.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

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