Sag Harbor’ Pulitzer-Winning Novelist Colson Whitehead Reads From “The Nickel Boys”


In Colson Whitehead’s new novel “The Nickel Boys,” two young black men endure the horrors of a Jim Crow-era reform school in 1960s Florida. The book explores the tension between one boy’s ideals and another’s skepticism and leads to a decision which has repercussions that will echo down through the decades.

On Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m. Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host Whitehead reading from “The Nickel Boys.” Please note that the reading will now be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 977 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike.

“The Nickel Boys” is based on the true story of a reform school near Tallahassee that operated for 111 years, warping the lives of thousands of children and ending the lives of others who were found secretly buried at the site years later.

Whitehead, who spent his childhood summers in Sag Harbor, is still a part-time resident of the village. He won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and a National Book Award for his New York Times bestseller “The Underground Railroad.” He recently was crowned “America’s Storyteller” on the cover of Time Magazine and was also profiled in CBS Sunday Morning piece that aired recently and which was shot in Sag Harbor.

Books are available at the event or beforehand at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor. A simple reception follows the reading with book signing. Suggested donation is $10 for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork and Canio’s Cultural Cafe. For more information, call (631) 725-4926 or visit