Two-time Pulitzer-winning novelist Colson Whitehead on stage in Buffalo on April 21


Tue April 5, 2022 2:20 p.m.

Live event with the author of “Harlem Shuffle” and “The Underground Railroad”

The Just Buffalo Literary Center welcomes two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead to Buffalo for BABEL on Thursday, April 21, for a lively talk and conversation at Kleinhans Music Hall. The event, which also includes a musical performance by Buffalo-based artist Drea D’Nur, begins at 8 p.m., with doors at 7 p.m. Tickets, both in-person and virtual, are available for purchase at

Whitehead is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which is the New York Times bestseller “Harlem Shuffle,” described by NPR as a “very cinematic heist novel.” He made history by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for two consecutive novels, “The Underground Railroad” in 2017 and “The Nickel Boys” in 2020. “The Underground Railroad”, which also won the National Book Award for Fiction and the Carnegie Medal. for Excellence in Fiction, was adapted into an Amazon Prime Video miniseries written and directed by Barry Jenkins in 2021.

Tickets, which also include a link to watch virtually, are available to the general public for $40; $35 with library card; $10 with student card. Patron VIP tickets, which include a pre-event author reception, are $100. Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the event, and masks are strongly recommended inside.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 716-832-5400.

The mission of the Just Buffalo Literary Center is to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts. For more than 45 years, the organization has brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted events and poetry readings, and supported the development of young writers. For more information, visit

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