A Word with Writers: Colson Whitehead in conversation with Hakim Bellamy

KiMo Theater hosted by Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation Albuquerque, NM

Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Colson Whitehead, on tour for his new book, Crook Manifesto.

Mr. Whitehead will be in conversation with Albuquerque’s own Hakim Bellamy, inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate. This event marks the relaunch of the acclaimed a Word with Writers series and literary fundraiser.

Buy tickets here.

Two ticket types are available:

Individual ticket: Includes general admission for one person, a signed hardcover of Crook Manifesto, and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

Bring a Friend: Includes general admission for two people, one signed hardcover of Crook Manifesto (to share with a friend/partner/etc.), and a donation to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 27th at 7pm at the historic KiMo Theatre downtown. Doors open at 6pm.

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. CROOK MANIFESTO is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family.  Colson Whitehead’s kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and a time.

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.
Cover of Commisions y Corridos by Hakim Bellamy Hakim Bellamy served as the inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate. He is the author of Swear and Prayer Flag Poems and the coauthor of We Are Neighbors.
About Commissions y Corridos:
Hakim Bellamy’s latest collection rings with the same power and grace as the people he lauds within its pages, including Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King Jr. He celebrates Albuquerque and New Mexico, taking the good with the bad, and reminds Burqueños that any day when you wake up along the Río Grande is a good day. As Bellamy celebrates the power of creativity and community within the city and the nation, he also demands that we face our society’s faults, especially those of racism, racial profiling, and law-enforcement violence. The poems collected here insist that with the power to do right, people also have a responsibility to themselves, their loved ones, and complete strangers to be better and strive harder. Undoubtedly Bellamy is leading this charge, lighting the way for anyone ready to listen.