Ta-Nehisi Coates Lecture

Yet another author lecture, this one by a Baltimore native!

The acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be reading from and signing copies of his debut book, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, at 1 PM tomorrow (Thursday, September 25, 2008) at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus Bookstore, 3330 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Here’s what Baltimore City Paper has to say about this book (City Paper awarded it the 2008 Best Book About Baltimore Award):

Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the more nimble-minded American cultural critics and observers writing today, grew up in Baltimore in the 1980s, a hardscrabble and personally fraught adolescence that he recounts in The Beautiful Struggle. But Coates’ memoir isn’t some navel-gazing coming of age discovery; it’s a thoughtfully considered examination of what it’s like to grow up young and black in a midsized, post-industrial American city and a breathtaking portrait of a father who dedicated his life to making sure his urban African-American sons became proud, educated, and responsible black men. Best of all, Coates writes in a gripping, lyrical cadence that proves, yet again, that writing can sing and bounce with the life-giving pulse of hip-hop’s vital beat. Exquisite.

This talk is free and open to the public.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Beautiful Struggle or click here to read the author’s blog on The Atlantic website.


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