Acclaimed novelist Colson Whitehead has been added to the roster for our 2012 Seminar, Yet Another World: Literature of the Future. His forthcoming fifth novel, Zone One (October 2011), is a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel in which Manhattan has been destroyed by plague, leaving its inhabitants divided among the sick and the well, the normal and the “malfunctioning” stragglers who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.
Whitehead is also the author of four previous and highly acclaimed novels. These include his debut, The Intuitionist (1999), about intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors; John Henry Days (2001), an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize; and, most recently, the PEN/Faulkner award finalist Sag Harbor (2009), about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. His The Colossus of New York (2003), a collection of essays about that city, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.