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The Shadows Took Shape Book Club

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

Mar 6, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Photo: Paul Sepuya

In honor of the upcoming, major group exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, please join The Studio Museum in Harlem for a new series of book club discussions moderated by prominent artists, scholars, and bloggers interested in science fiction and speculative literature. Discussants include nationally recognized cartoonist, designer and graphic novelist Professor John Jennings and "The AfroFuturist Affair" creator Rashedaah Phillips and more. These moderators were chosen to incite intriguing viewpoints, so there will definitely be a wonderful balance between deep, insightful discussion about the books and a profound engagement with Afrofuturism and related themes!

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by a then unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.  The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Additional scheduled Book Club dates:
November 24: Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
December 15: Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring (1998)

January 26: Samuel R. Delaney, Nova (1968)
February 23: Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist (1999)

All of the books listed above are available in the Studio Museum bookstore!

To RSVP for the Book Club, please email [email protected].

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s exhibitions are supported with public funds from the following government agencies and elected representatives: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The City of New York; and Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council. Additional funding is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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