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March 13, 2020
Afrofuture Fridays: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Indianapolis)
Join the Kheprw Institute for a discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates's debut novel
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The National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, creates a bold 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.

To learn more, read the NPR review, “In ‘The Water Dancer,’ Ta-Nehisi Coates Creates Magical Alternate History”: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/26/764373265/in-the-water-dancer-memory-is-the-path-to-freedom

Then join the Kheprw Institute for a discussion of the book. The program begins at 6 p.m. with an informal listening lab and connection time. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Kheprw Institute at info@kheprw.org or 317.329.4803.

This program received funding from an INcommon Grant, supported by Indiana Humanities and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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March 13, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm