Colson Whitehead – Photo courtesy of artist management


Co-presented with Books & Books and Miami Book Fair

July 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Tickets: $35*. Each $35 ticket includes a reserved seat and a copy of The Nickel Boys.


In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys (Penguin Random House) is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.


Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange, and the surreal. His novel, The Underground Railroad, was a #1 New York Timesbestseller and won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Tickets to the newly announced SUMMER LIVE! AT ARSHT shows will be available to Arsht Center Culturist members on April 24 at noon and to the general public beginning April 26 at noon (James Charles will go on sale at 1 p.m.). All tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at