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Southwest Public Libraries is excited to bring award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates to Columbus on Sunday, February 4, at 3 p.m. in collaboration with 11 other Central Ohio public libraries. The event will be held at the Upper Arlington High School Performing Arts Center (1625 Zollinger Road) .

Coates is an author, journalist, National Book Award winner (Between the World and Me), MacArthur Fellow, and writer for Marvel’s Black Panther (2016-2021) and Captain America (2018-2021) comics series.

The event will feature Coates in conversation with Sophia Fifner, president and CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available for purchase here

Ta-Nehisi Coates is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship that same year. 

As a journalist with a career spanning over two decades, he’s written for numerous publications including The Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, The New Yorker and The New York Times. During his time reporting for The Atlantic between 2008-2018, he penned numerous articles and essays, including the National Magazine Award-winning 2012 essay “Fear of a Black President” and the influential June 2014 essay “The Case For Reparations.”

Ta-Nehisi also enjoyed a successful run writing Marvel’s Black Panther (2016-2021) and Captain America (2018-2021) comics series. Ta-Nehisi is currently writing the screenplays for the upcoming films Wrong Answer, Superman and the film adaptation of his first fiction novel, The Water Dancer. In fall 2022, he joined Howard University’s faculty as a writer-in-residence and the Sterling Brown Chair in the Department of English. 


Sophia Fifner serves as the president and CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC), a visionary organization that connects people and ideas through community conversations and founder of Brave Philanthropist, a campaign she launched in 2022 to change the face of philanthropy and to activate giving to women's and girls' organizations. 


Tickets for A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates will go on sale on December 4 and will be available exclusively at Participating libraries will not have tickets to sell at their locations. Ticket prices begin at $25.00 each. Books will be available for purchase through Gramercy Books. There will be no book signing at the event. 

Presented by: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Delaware County District Library, Granville Public Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library, and Worthington Libraries.

Recent national author events presented collaboratively by Central Ohio public libraries include Margaret Atwood at the Palace Theatre (2022), a community read and online discussion with Jason Reynolds (2020), and Rick Steves at the Southern Theatre (2019).

Library Hours

Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Thu      9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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