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July 26: An Evening with Colson Whitehead

An Evening with Colson Whitehead discussing his novel, “Crook Manifesto”

Starts on Wednesday, July 26 · 8pm | Click here for tickets

The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater–New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join us for an in-person* Live Talks Los Angeles event:

Wednesday, July 26, 2022, 8pm

*Virtual event airs on July 31 at 6pm PT/9pm ET

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

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discussing his novel, “Crook Manifesto”

* interviewer to be announced


  • $40 General Admission ticket + one signed copy of the book
  • $55 Two General Admission tickets + one signed book
  • Additional books available for purchase at event
  • Face masks recommended
  • Tickets also include opportunity to watch the virtual event
  • The virtual version of this event airs on July 31, at 6pm PT/9PM ET and is available on video-on-demand for five days
  • Tickets for the virtual event can be purchased here (includes the book)
  • ASL interpreter provided upon request.
  • Free parking at the venue


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Colson Whitehead continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.

Colson Whitehead  brings his latest novel to our stage: Crook Manifesto, a kaleidoscopic portrait of 1970s Harlem. In his trademark scalpel-sharp prose and with unnerving clarity and wit, he writes about a city that runs on cronyism, threats, ego, ambition, incompetence and even, sometimes, pride. 

It’s the continuing story he began in Harlem Shuffle, which the Associated Press called a “wildly entertaining romp that delivers a devastating, historically grounded indictment of the separate and unequal lives of Blacks and whites in mid-twentieth century New York.” 

Colson Whitehead is the bestselling author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, for which he won Pulitzer prizes. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City. He was recently awarded a National Humanities Medal.

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Here’s the video from a virtual event we did with him in conversation with Mary Karr  in 2020.

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