FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES- Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “The Underground Railroad,” a hallucinatory novel about the horrors of American slavery and the sinister permutations of racism.
The novel, which became a best-seller and was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, follows a young slave named Cora who escapes a Georgia plantation and, in a surreal twist, travels north via a literal underground subway.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Whitehead said he was drawing comfort in these politically uncertain times by focusing on the redeeming power of art.
“We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland,” he said, referring to President-elect Donald J. Trump. “Be kind to everybody, make art and fight the power.”