About Brazos Valley Reads
|Brazos Valley Reads (BVR) is a community effort organized by Texas A&M University’s Department of English with extensive support from various groups in the University and the community. The program was started in 2005 to encourage bridge building between Texas A&M’s students and staff and the Brazos Valley community at large. For the past thirteen years, BVR has invited internationally recognized authors including Geraldine Brooks, Ernest Gaines, Sandra Cisneros, Tim O’Brien, Sherman Alexie, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Julia Alvarez to College Station for a public reading and to meet with members of the community.
Want to find out about our reading selections from previous years? Visit our Previous BVR Events page to learn more about those authors and books.
This event is free & open to the public.
Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. He was named New York’s 11th State Author in 2018.
Colson Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and W+riters, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for John Henry Days.
He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.
He lives in New York City.
For more information about Colson Whitehead, please see his website: https://www.colsonwhitehead.com
Brazos Valley Reads 2019 is organized & sponsored by the Texas A&M English Department with additional support from:
Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts – Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research – Office of Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost of Diversity – Cushing Memorial Library and Archives – Texas A&M Communication Department – Texas A&M History Department – Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Critical Studies Program – LAUNCH Undergraduate Research, Honors, and Learning Communities – Texas A&M International Studies Department – Blinn College – The Eagle – Brazos Valley African American Museum – Bryan College Station Public Libraries – Barnes & Noble Bookstores