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What if the Underground Railroad were no mere metaphor, but an actual secret network of tracks and tunnels, conductors and steam locomotives beneath the Southern soil? In a spellbinding tour-de-force, prize-winning author Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Underground Railroad, an Oprah’s 2016 Book Club selection, chronicles a young slave’s adventures through the antebellum South as she makes a desperate bid for freedom. Join us for a fascinating meditation on American history as Whitehead discusses this brilliantly imagined odyssey through time and space.

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

 


Joy Press

Joy Press is the former books and culture editor of the Los Angeles Times and the Village Voice. She is currently writing a book about the history of women and television.

 


Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr was one of the original cast members of Mad TV and an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater. He is known for his work in Pulp Fiction and for his extensive voice-over work, including animated shows Futurama, Samurai Jack, Justice LeagueFamily Guy and Bojack Horseman, and video games like Injustice, Shadow of Mordor and Mortal Kombat X. He can currently be seen in this season of HBO’s Veep and in The Black Version improv comedy show monthly at Largo At The Coronet.

 


Location

Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Parking

Complementary parking for all ticket holders
Writers Guild Theatre Parking Structure
135 South Doheny Drive
Parking structure located just south of Wilshire. Look for signage and enter structure through the alley from Doheny.

Will Call

6:30 PM – Will call opens
7:00 PM – House doors
7:30 PM – Program begins

All tickets will be available for pick-up the night of the program at will call. Please bring a photo ID. Tickets are non-refundable.

 

The author will be present for a book signing following the program. 

 

Book Signing Policy:
ALOUD is one of many free programs at the Los Angeles Public Library made possible by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. At least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from The Library Store in order to participate in our post-program book signing, and you will be asked to show proof of purchase. Please be prepared to show your proof of purchase when you enter the book signing line. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library.

 

Main image: Book cover, The Underground Railroad 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the return policy for ticket purchases?
    Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the program, you are welcome to let us know in advance, and we will change your purchase into a tax-deductible donation to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
  • How do I get my tickets? Will they be mailed to me?
    All tickets will be available for pick-up on the night of the program, at will-call. Please be prepared to show a photo ID. You will not need to print anything in advance.
  • Will tickets be available for purchase at the venue?
    Possibly. If the event has not sold out in advance, we will likely have tickets available at the door. Check our website for updates.
  • Should I purchase the author's book in advance? Can I bring books from home to be signed?
    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.
  • Can I give my ticket(s) to a friend?
    Yes, you may transfer your ticket(s) to a friend if you can no longer attend. To do so, please email programs@lfla.org with your information and the full name and email address of the guest who will be using the tickets.

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