Photo: The Official Website of Ta-Nehisi Coates

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Library announced today the continuation of its Page to the Podium series with award winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Coates, a multi-genre author whose work includes memoirs, essays, fiction, graphic novels and screenplays will speak at the Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

“We are excited to have Ta-Nehisi Coates continue critical conversations amplifying the voices of Black people and people of color. Through his work, Coates untangles the messiness of the world, helping us grapple with what it means to be human and understand what our responsibilities are to each other in this moment in American History,” says Leah Shlachter, Library Adult Program Coordinator.  

Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, He is the author of the bestselling books “The Beautiful Struggle“, “We Were Eight Years in Power“, and “Between The World And Me“, which won the National Book Award in 2015. His first novel, “The Water Dancer“, was released in September 2019. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He also authored the Marvel comics “The Black Panther” and “Captain America.”

The library has compiled a book club kit for Coates’ “Between the World and Me” to help start conversations about his work in advance of the talk. The kit contains 15 copies of the book and discussion questions and can be checked out for six weeks.  

Page to the Podium brings nationally recognized and award-winning writers to our community–special events of literary entertainment that we can experience together. The series features poets, novelists, memoirists, and other great writers who contribute to the community’s cultural exchange by illuminating literature and ideas.

The series kicked off in November 2006 with Frank McCourt and has gone on to present renowned authors — pillars in their field — from Amy Tan to David McCullough. In recent years, Page to the Podium has also presented authors who’ve catapulted to the national stage through outstanding bestsellers and/or prestigious national prizes. These authors, Ta-Nehisi Coates among them, are next-generation “pillars.”

Page to the Podium is made possible by community donations, large and small, to Teton County Library Foundation, with additional support from Carter Gray and The Robert S. and Grayce B. Kerr Foundation.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who is lucky to call the Tetons home. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.