Marygrove Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Contemporary American Author Lecture Series with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Colson Whitehead

Detroit, MI, Feb. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marygrove College announces National Book-award recipient and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead as the featured guest at its 2018 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) on Friday, April 13. The 8 p.m. Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture and book signing are free of charge and open to the public.  

In addition to the public reading, Mr. Whitehead will teach a class for high school students on April 13 at 10 a.m. “This is a milestone anniversary for the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series,” said Marygrove College President Dr. Elizabeth Burns, “and we are honored to celebrate it with one of the most ambitious, talented, and thought-provoking authors of our era.”

Whitehead is an author of six novels, including The Intuitionist and The Underground Railroad, works for which he received the National Book Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, respectively. He has authored several essays, two works of nonfiction, and is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Heartland Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hurston/Wright Fiction Award, and many others.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 event or to attend dinner with the author, contact Dennis Howie at 313-927-1451 or You may also visit:

Established in the city of Detroit in 1927, Marygrove College is an independent Catholic college sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and guided by the values of human dignity; community; social justice; ecological justice; excellence; innovation; and diversity. The campus is situated on 53 wooded acres at 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221. Visit 


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