IN PERSON: Salon@615 and 2021 Literary Award Public Lecture with Colson Whitehead

The Salon @615 partners are proud to present the 2021 Literary Award Public Lecture with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, National Book Award winning, and New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead. Join us as we honor the works of Colson Whitehead and kick off the 2021-2022 Nashville Reads season. This event is free of charge, and will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. High School at 10 AM, Saturday, November 13th. Please register here to reserve your seat! Registration is required and walk-ups will not be admitted.

About the Public Lecture

Established in 2004, the Nashville Public Library Literary Award recognizes distinguished authors for their illustrious contributions to the world of books, literacy, and reading. Each year, we bring an outstanding individual to Nashville for a weekend-long celebration to honor their achievements while simultaneously raising funds to support NPL and its essential education and literacy programs and resources. The free Public Lecture offers the opportunity for the entire community to come together in celebration.

About Our Honoree

This year, we are proud to honor Colson Whitehead. Whitehead is the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, National Book Award winning, and New York Times bestselling author of The Nickel Boys, The Underground RailroadThe Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntiutionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications and he’s taught at multiple post secondary institutions including Columbia University and Princeton University.

Important Note from NPLF on COVID Guidelines

Your safety is the most important thing to us. We are working closely with Meharry Medical College as our Health & Safety Partner to make decisions that put your health first. Right now, this looks like reducing the capacity of our in-person events. In addition, the author is requiring that all persons attending this event must be masked and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test from a health entity for COVID-19. Because of this, we will not be able to allow any walk-ups. You MUST reserve your ticket in advance.

The Public Lecture will be streamed on Facebook Live to ensure the entire community can access this amazing event. We will keep you up to date on Meharry’s recommendations, which may include additional safety precautions, as we get closer to the event. As always, thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.


Event date: 
Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:00am
Event address: 
Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School
613 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203