THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 7:30PM
THE WATER DANCER
BY TA-NEHISI COATES
in conversation with RYAN COOGLER
In a special evening celebrating National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel, he’ll be joined by Ryan Coogler, revolutionary director of Black Panther.
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
Chevalier's Books is co-hosting this magical evening with ALOUD, a program of the Los Angeles Public Library and fellow indie bookstore
Eso Won Books.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Ryan Coogler is a film director, producer, and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won the top audience and grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has since co-written and directed Creed(2015), and the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), the latter of which broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time by a Black director.
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