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In a special evening celebrating National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first book of fiction, he’ll be joined by Ryan Coogler, revolutionary director of Black Panther. Coates’ newly released novel The Water Dancer offers a timely exploration of the most intimate evil of enslavement—the cleaving and separation of families. Following the story of Hiram Walker, who was born into bondage and motherless, Coates not only tells the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children, but also restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. Join us at the West Angeles Cathedral, a community pillar of the vibrant Historic Crenshaw District, for a momentous conversation between two groundbreaking contemporary artists exploring ideas of race, history, and politics.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful StruggleWe Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler is a film director, producer, and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won the top audience and grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series, Creed(2015), and the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), the latter of which broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time by a Black director.

This program will take place at the West Angeles Cathedral
3600 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.
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All tickets and books are non-refundable. All tickets will include an unsigned copy of the featured book, The Water Dancer, which will be distributed the night of the program.  Please don’t forget to keep your tickets handy, either in the Eventbrite app or print them out and bring them with you.

Book Signing
There will not be a book signing following the program.

Photo Credit: Ta-Nehisi Coates © Gabriella Demczuk

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