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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

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

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

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 FuturamaSamurai JackJustice LeagueFamily Guy and Bojack Horseman, and video games like InjusticeShadow 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.


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


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 

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