Colson Whitehead Reimagines 'The Underground Railroad'

Sep 20, 2016

Author Colson Whitehead's new novel is called 'The Underground Railroad.'
Credit Madeline Whitehead

In the 19th century, American slaves escaped to freedom using a network of secret routes and safe houses known as  the Underground Railroad. 

In his new novel, "The Underground Railroad" (Doubleday/2016), Colson Whitehead creates a literal network of underground tracks and trains for an enslaved woman to escape life on a Georgia plantation. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Whitehead about his depiction of the Underground Railroad and organizing America's history of racism into a storyline. Whitehead reads at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Durham Armory. The event is sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.