The Underground Railroad Archive

“Is this the truth of our historic encounter?”: Museums in Literature

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Not all representations of museums overtly highlight the way they structurally rely on certain power dynamics, and yet the adherence to a certain normalizing discourse is always there, lurking, even when the explicit intention of the museum is to reconnect with a lost past.

Round-Up: Judith Jones, The Great American Read, and Colson Whitehead

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From the death of influential Knopf editor Judith Jones to PBS’s documentary series on the culture of literature in the US, here’s the latest in literary news.

Past the City Limit Sign: The Role of Rural in 2016 Books

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What kinds of stories will emerge that focus on rural or city settings during a Trump presidency? Will the typical themes continue to be cemented or will variations become the norm?

Round-Up: The National Book Awards, Bob Dylan to Miss Nobel Ceremony, and Zadie Smith’s SWING TIME

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From the National Book Award winners to Zadie Smith’s newest novel, here are last week’s biggest literary headlines: The 67th annual National Book Awards ceremony took place November 16. The winners included Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for fiction, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of

Colson Whitehead on Slavery, Elevators, and Donald Trump

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I got to know Colson Whitehead back when he was infiltrating the poker world for his non-fiction narrative, The Noble Hustle. His new novel, The Underground Railroad, has been honored by none other than Oprah Winfrey with her latest book club selection.

Round-Up: Oprah’s Book Club, SYRIA SPEAKS, and Enhanced Ebooks

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From Oprah Winfrey's Book Club to an interactive reading experience, here's last week's top literary headlines.