Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates: In Conversation Tuesday, October 24 at 7PM at The Town Hall

Celebrating the release of Ward’s new novel, Let Us Descend; Co-Presented by The Town Hall and The Center for Fiction; Tickets Start at $35 and include a hardback copy of Let Us Descend

Two of America’s most beloved authors, Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates, celebrate the release of Ward’s new novel, Let Us Descend.

Author and academic Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the BonesSing, Unburied, Sing) is a two-time National Book Award winner, the youngest ever holder of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, a member of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World, and an awardee of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. The October 24th publication of Let Us Descend, Ward’s fourth novel and her first in over six years, is cause for jubilation within the literary community. Who better to celebrate this release than Ward’s fellow MacArthur genius, the famed writer, journalist and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and MeThe Water Dancer). Friends since 2019, these contemporaries share a bond as two of Black America’s most critically beloved authors. Don’t miss literary history as it is written at this public conversation between Ward and Coates on the Town Hall stage.

About The Town Hall

The Town Hall is a 1,500-seat, 501C3 non-profit national historic landmark venue in the heart of New York City, created by suffragists in 1921 and host to countless cultural and musical milestones. Richard Strauss and Isaac Stern made their US debuts at The Town Hall. Marian Anderson gave her first New York recital there. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker debuted bebop to the world at The Town Hall. Margaret Sanger was arrested for daring to speak to an audience of men and women about birth control. Bob Dylan performed his first major concert at The Town Hall. America’s Town Meeting of the Air was one of the most celebrated and influential public discussion shows of the twentieth century, and featured guests as diverse as Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Richard Nixon, and Jackie Robinson. The Town Hall continues to be a forum for the people—a welcome home of expression, education and exploration. In recent history, The Town Hall has welcomed Gilberto Gil, Joan Baez, Stephen Colbert, Jack White, Patti Smith, Larry David, Tig Notaro, Garrison Keillor, Ray LaMontagne, Ira Glass, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. We welcome the Prairie Home Companion, New York Comedy Festival, and TED Talks. We welcome debuts and old favorites, tributes and experiment, collaborations and conversation. The Town Hall welcomes thousands of public school children every year who participate in The Town Hall Arts in Education program. And we welcome you—the people of New York City, the people of the world—to the hall for all, The Town Hall.

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