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Richmond, Virginia Affiliate Group

A City-Wide Book Discussion On The Book The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 26, 2019 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar 500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Join CTTT-RVA for a city-wide book discussion on Coates’ newly released novel. Book lovers in RVA are invited to share their views on the book, the author’s voice and the impact of this story in our current times. "Set in Virginia, The Water Dancer is sure to be an important read on race, culture and our shared history." - NYTimes Review of The Water Dancer

Click here to reserve you seat and purchase a copy of the book. Starting September 27th if you have purchased a book, you can pick up your copy at any of our upcoming events or at our newest community partner, Nutty Buttery Cafe (701 W Clay St, Richmond, VA 23220) Great food and atmosphere for reading. Thank you for supporting CTTT-RVA and black-owned business!



From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

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.

This 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. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.

Advance Praise for The Water Dancer

“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. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Coates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.”—Booklist (starred review)

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