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TICKETED VIRTUAL EVENT: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, and Marcus Books present: A virtual event with Ta-Nehisi Coates, in conversation with Adam Serwer, on Friday, November 20th, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific.

Bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) will discuss his acclaimed novel The Water Dancer (in paperback November 17th) with Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic, at a ticketed virtual event. Their conversation will include the state of our country post-election, truth telling, and the idea that stories and mythology can persuade and change attitudes when facts alone cannot. 

“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


TICKETING INFO: All tickets include one paperback copy of The Water Dancer, plus entry to the virtual event.

  • In-store Pickup: $22 (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Shipped-to-You: $27 (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Free book and event entry available to the first 500 current UCSC students. Student ID required at registration.


Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Adam Serwer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and is the author of the forthcoming essay collection, The Cruelty Is the Point: Essays on Trump's America, which can be pre-ordered through Bookshop Santa Cruz here.

Marcus Books: Located in Oakland, California, Marcus Books is the oldest independent Black bookstore in the country. Books by and about Black people everywhere.

The Humanities Institute: For over 20 years, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz has fostered community at the cutting edge of Humanities research, education, and public engagement.