Be part of a special One World Big Ideas Night with Chris Jackson and Ta-Nehisi Coates as they discuss Coates’ new book, WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER.
The event begins with a panel of upcoming One World authors; Kimberly Drew, Eddie Huang, Quiara Hudes, and Jenna Wortham in conversation about their exciting works-in-progress. The second half of the program features One World publisher Chris Jackson interviewing Ta-Nehisi Coates about his new book, WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER, the follow-up to his National Book Award-winning and New York Times best-seller, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME.
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In WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER, Coates takes us on a personal journey. Part memoir and part polemic, Coates’ new book combines Ta-Nehisi’s award-winning journalism with the more introspective storytelling of BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME to illuminate what the Obama era has taught us about the heart of America and it’s unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the threads between the unprecedented election of Barack Obama and the vicious backlash that fueled the election of Donald Trump. He does so through his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young, black writer who begins his journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing the President of The United States.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Between The World and Me. Coates has received The National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations.”
Chris Jackson is the Publisher and Editor- in Chief of One World Books, a just relaunched imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau from its founding in 2006. Prize-winning and bestselling authors he edited at Spiegel & Grau include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Jill Leovy, Matt Taibbi, Wes Moore, Victor LaValle, and Jay Z.