Skip to content
Join our Newsletter

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Launch, Discuss New Novel at Kings Theatre

Coates will be in discussion about his debut novel, The Water Dancer 
The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates (author of Between The World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power) returns to Kings Theatre on Tuesday, September 24, at 8:00pm to launch his boldly imagined first novel, The Water Dancer.

The Water Dancer is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved.

A graduate of Howard University, Coates' first journalism job was as a reporter at The Washington City Paper. From 2000 to 2007, Coates worked as a journalist at various publications, including Philadelphia Weekly, The Village Voice, and Time. His first article for The Atlantic, "This Is How We Lost to the White Man", about Bill Cosby and conservatism, started a new, more successful and stable phase of his career.

The article led to an appointment with a regular column for The Atlantic. Coates eventually became a senior editor at The Atlantic, writing on politics, history, culture and race, such as his September 2012 The Atlantic cover piece "Fear of a Black President" and his June 2014 feature "The Case for Reparations" (which he said he worked on for two years) have been especially praised and have won his blog a place on the Best Blogs of 2011 list by Time magazine and the 2012 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism from The Sidney Hillman Foundation.

In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation's most important writers, tackling one of America's oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness, wrote a reviewer in Publishers Weekly of his new novel. "This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed."

Coates will be in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter covering segregation and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine.

All ticketholders will receive a copy of The Water Dancer. Click here to purchase tickets.