Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will spend an evening talking over the themes of his new book here in Brooklyn at Flatbush’s Kings Theatre.
Coates will discuss his latest book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, alongside Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday, October 4. The book, to be released October 3, is a collection of essays and a contemplation of the Obama era. In addition to previously published essays, the book includes eight new pieces — one for each year of the Obama administration.
The conversation will take place in the ornate Kings Theatre, which came back to life spectacularly in 2015, after being closed up for decades. The $95 million restoration brought back the ornate ceilings and woodwork, the grand lighting, the seats and draperies, as well as the dressing rooms and backstage areas.
Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow. His previous book, Between the World and Me, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is no stranger to Brooklyn — he once lived in nearby Prospect Lefferts Gardens and was planning a more permanent return to the area in 2016 when he purchased a brownstone, only to sell it because of safety concerns.
Tickets for the event will go on sale August 9 at 7 a.m. You will be able to purchase them here. The talk is sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore and the Atlantic. Two types of tickets will be available — $20 for a general admission ticket and $40 for a copy of the book along with your ticket.
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