Fall 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History
Talk, Q&A and Book Signing
Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1109
(206) 386-4636

Saturday, October 3, 2015

1:30 pm
America in the Age of Ferguson
Public Appearance with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Gary Younge
Discussion, Q&A and Book Signing
Writers Festival Internazionale
Ferrara, Italy

Thursday, October 8, 2015

College Speaker Series
Talk, Q&A and Book Signing
Donahue Auditorium
Dolan Center for Science and Technology
John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118

Thursday, December 3, 2015

President’s Distinguished Speakers Series
Talk, Q&A and Book Signing
Campus Recreation Center Field House
Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809

Previous Events

Winter/Spring 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

6:30 pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning

Thursday, January 15, 2015

6:00 pm
The Nation/Schomburg  Center
“Toward a Third Reconstruction From Abolition through Civil Rights and Beyond: The Nation Race and History”
With Prof. Patricia J. Williams, Prof. Eric Foner, Mychal Denzel Smith, Darryl Pinckney, moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad of the Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY

Thursday, February 19, 2015

6:00 pm
100th Anniversary of ASALH, Newtown
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Michael’s On East
1212 East Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34239

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

7:00 pm
Authors! Authors! presents Isabel Wilkerson
Talk, Q&A, Booksigning
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
Main Library, McMaster Center
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, OH 43604

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2:00 pm
Lecture Series
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation in America National Symposium
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Location TBA
Tulsa, OK

Fall 2014 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

3:00 pm
Norfolk State University
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6:00 pm
Parliament, House of Commons
Lecture, Q&A, at the invitation of Member of Parliament Diane Abbott
Westminster, Committee Room 7
London,  SW1A, United Kingdom
Seats must be reserved in advance. Contact Bell.RA@Parliament.UK to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:30 pm
University of Minnesota
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Coffman Theater
300 Washington Avenue, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Thursday, October 2, 2014

7:30 pm
Michigan State University
College of Arts and Letters Signature Lecture Series
An Evening with Soledad O’Brien and Isabel Wilkerson
Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:00 pm
Idaho Humanities Council
18th Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
The Boise Centre
850 West Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Sunday, November 16, 2014

12:00 pm
American Public Health Association
142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130


Winter 2014 

Wednesday, January 8

12:30 pm
Calvin College
January Series
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Monday, January 20

7:30 pm
Grinnell College
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center
1115 8th Avenue
Grinnel, IA

Sunday, February 2

4:00 pm
Emory University
Nix Mann Endowed Lecture
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Carlos Museum Reception Hall
571 S. Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 3

7:30 pm
Pen & Podium Series
Hosted by The Denver Post
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO

Tuesday, February 11

8:00 pm
Fairfield University
Open VISIONS Forum
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Quick Center for the Arts
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT

Saturday, February 15

4:30 PM
Seattle University
Search for the Meaning Book Festival
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Champion Hall
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA

Thursday, February 20

7:00 pm

Lenoir-Rhyne University
Visiting Writers Series
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
625 7th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC

Wednesday, February 26

7:00 pm

National Library of Singapore
Public Lecture
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

Tuesday, April 15

7:30 pm
College of DuPage
Distinguished Lecture Series
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
MAC Performing Arts Center
Fawell and Park Boulevards
Glen Ellyn, IL

Thursday, April 17

7:45 pm
Idaho Humanities Council
Distinguished Eastern Idaho Lecture
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Shilo Inn
780 Lindsay Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID

Tuesday, April 29

5:30 pm
Morehouse College
Eighth Annual Symposium
“Crossing Over Dry Land: Migrating for Freedom”
Talk, Q&A and Booksigning
Bank of America Auditorium
Shirley Massey Conference Center
830 Westview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30314

Friday, May 16

 9:30 am
Southern Methodist University
Honorary Degree Symposium
“Literature for Real: Journalism, the American Canon and the Evolving American South”
A discussion of the Great Migration and “The Warmth of Other Suns” with Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia University),
Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic Monthly), Brittney Cooper (Rutgers University), Daina Ramey Berry (University of Texas at Austin), Walton Muyumba (University of North Texas) and Karen Thomas, (SMU)
Pavilion of the Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
3101 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75275-0100

Fall 2013

Tuesday, October 1 6:00 pm One Book, One Chicago  Talk, Q&A and Booksigning Chicago Public Library 400 S. State Street Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 17

9:30 am Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition   Talk, Q&A and Booksigning Wyndham Hotel 1515 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL

Tuesday, October 22

7:35 pm Springfield Public Forum  Talk, Q&A and Booksigning Springfield Symphony Hall 34 Court Street Springfield, MA

Thursday, October 24

6:30 pm Savannah College of Art and Design Ivy Hall Writers Series Talk, Q&A and Booksigning 1600 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309

Tuesday, October 29

6:00 pm Johns Hopkins University   President’s Reading Series: Literature of Social Import Talk, Q&A and Booksigning Mason Hall Auditorium 3400 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD

Thursday, November 7

4:30 pm Northwestern University Allison Davis Lecture Talk, Q&A and Booksigning Harris Hall 1881 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm Charis Books Indies First/Author Bookselling Saturday 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA, 30307 (404)524-0304

Saturday, December 7, 2013

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Seminary Books Booksigning 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue (at 57th Street) Chicago, IL 60637 (773)752-4381

Winter/Spring 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2:00 pm University of Iowa Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Iowa City, IA

Sunday, January 27, 2013

10:00 am Hampton University Founders Day Convocation Lecture Ogden Hall 1300 University Hampton, VA

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

6:00 pm Southern Polytechnic State University Cross-Cultural Conversations Series Lecture, Q&A, booksigning Student Center 1100 South Marietta Parkway Marietta, GA

Thursday, February 7, 2013

6:30 pm University of Memphis Belle McWilliams Lecture in American History University Center Theater 255 University Center Memphis, TN

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

8:00 pm University of California at Davis Campus Community Book Project Lecture, Q&A, booksigning Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts One Shields Avenue Davis, CA Tickets:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

10:15 am Savannah Book Festival Lecture and Booksigning Telfair Rotunda at Telfair Square Savannah, GA 31401

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

6:00 pm Harvard University Distinguished Lecture in History and Literature Emerson Hall 105 Cambridge, MA 02138

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2:00 pm Houston Museum of African American Culture Annual Literary Lecture and Booksigning Houston Public Library, Central Library 500 McKinney Street Houston, TX

Thursday, February 28, 2013

10:00 am Oakwood University Black History Month Keynote 7000 Adventist Boulevard Huntsville, AL

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Time TBD The Links, Inc., LeFleur’s Bluff Chapter 25th Anniversary Lecture & Booksigning Jackson, MS

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time TBD University of Wisconsin, La Crosse College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series Lecture, Q&A, booksigning 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

7:00 pm Lannan Foundation Reading, Onstage Conversation with John Stauffer of Harvard University Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W San Francisco Street Santa Fe, NM Tickets:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

7:00 pm Oregon Historical Society Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum Lecture, Q&A, reception First Congregational United Church of Christ 1126 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR Tickets:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

7:00 PM Public Library of Howard County, Maryland Lecture & Book-Signing Q&A with Korva Coleman of National Public Radio Miller Branch Library 9421 Frederick Rd Ellicott City, MD 21042 For Information: (410) 313-1950

Monday, May 20, 2013

7:30 PM The May 20th Society Annual Speaker Series McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square 345 North College Street Charlotte, NC 28202 Box Office: 704-372-1000

Fall 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

3:00 PM Decatur Book Festival Lecture, Q&A, Signing First Baptist Church Sanctuary Stage 205 Sycamore Street Decatur, Georgia

Thursday, September 13, 2012

7:30 PM Middlebury College Lecture, Q&A, Signing McCollough Social Space Middlebury, Vermont  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

7:30 PM Southern Women Writers Conference Keynote, Q&A, Book-Signing The Chapel  Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

4:00 PM Brooklyn Book Festival In Conversation with Amy Goodman Followed by Book-signing Saint Francis College Auditorium 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7:30 PM Syracuse Friends of the Central Library Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series Mulroy Civic Center 441 Montgomery Street Syracuse, New York  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

1:00 PM Brattleboro Literary Festival Book Talk and Signing Brattleboro, Vermont  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

3:00 pm Keynote, Q&A, Book-Signing North Carolina Humanities Council Reynolda House Museum of American Art 2250 Reynolda Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106  

Thursday, November 1,  2012

4:30 PM Brandeis University The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture Waltham, Massachusetts  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7:30 PM University of Dayton Keynote Address Kennedy Union Ballroom Dayton, Ohio  

Friday, November 16, 2012

7:00 pm Keynote Lecture, Q&A, Book-Signing Federation of State Humanities Councils Chicago, IL    

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

7:00 PM Indiana State University Keynote Address University Hall Theater Terre Haute, Indiana       Friday, January 13, 2012 4:00 pm Northeastern University School of Law 400 Huntington Avenue 240 Dockser Hall Boston, MA 02115 Monday, January 16, 2012 7:00 pm The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora Street Dallas, TX 75201 Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 pm Auburn University The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Auditorium 241 South College Street Auburn, AL  36830 Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:30 pm University of Alaska Anchorage Wendy Williamson Auditorium Anchorage, AK  99508 Monday, January 30, 2012 7:30 pm Literary Evenings Monday Night Lecture Series: Michele Norris and Isabel Wilkerson Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Carnegie Music Hall 4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Wednesday, February 1, 2012 11:30 am Bergen Community College Ciccone Theatre 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ 07652 Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:00 pm Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith 1200 Brentnell Avenue Columbus, OH 43219 Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:15 am Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:00 pm Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus 11000 Pleasant Valley Road Parma, OH  44134 6:00 pm Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus 2900 Community College Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115 Saturday, February 25, 2012 8:00 pm Reed College Kaul Auditorium Gray Campus Center 3203 Woodstock Boulevard Portland, OR 97202 Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:15 pm Lehigh University Packard Lab 19 Memorial Drive W Bethlehem, PA 18015 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:30 pm North Central College 30 North Brainard Street Meiley-Swallow Hall Naperville, IL 60540 Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:00 pm Facing History and Ourselves Community Conversations Location to come Memphis, TN Friday, March 2, 2012 1:30 pm 2012 Annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference Hilton Chicago & Palmer House Hilton Hotels 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:30 pm University of Michigan—Flint 303 East Kearsley Street Flint, MI 48502 Saturday, March 10, 2012 9:00 am—4:00 pm 2012 Festival of Authors Location to come Long Beach, CA Sunday, March 11, 2012 2:00 pm California African American Museum 600 State Drive-Exposition Park Los Angeles, CA  90037 Monday, March 19, 2012 7:30 pm Newton Library 330 Homer Street Newton, MA 02459 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:00 pm Grand Valley State University Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center 1110 Kirkhof Center 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401

Selected Past Events

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

7:00 PM Lowell Humanities Series BOSTON COLLEGE Gasson Hall 140 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02467

Thursday, October 6, 2011

6:30 PM THE LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM 108 Orchard St New York, NY 10002

Saturday, October 8, 2011

4:00 PM WORDSTOCK FESTIVAL NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS Oregon Convention Center 777 NE ML King Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

Sunday, October 9, 2011

7:00 PM TOWN HALL SEATTLE with Bill Russell 1119 8th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7:30 PM FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA 1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Thursday, October 20, 2011

7:00 PM CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY 400 Magnolia Street Orangeburg, SC 29115

Saturday, October 22, 2011

10:30 AM NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION National Preservation Conference Statler Building, Golden Ballroom Buffalo, NY 14202

Monday, October 24, 2011

7:30 PM RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Susan and Michael J. Angelides Annual Lecture Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Friday, November 4, 2011

7:30 PM COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY 96 S. Grant Avenue Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2:00 PM CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL University of Illinois-Chicago Forum 725 W Roosevelt Rd Chicago, IL 60608

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

7:30 PM QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY Buckman Theatre 275 Mt. Carmel Ave. Hamden, CT 06518

Thursday, November 10, 2011

7:00 PM Broadcast Journalism Series UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS AND MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO 2115 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105

Sunday, November 20, 2011

MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL Florida Center for the Literary Arts 300 N.E. Second Avenue Miami, Florida 33132 7:00 PM HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education 345 North College Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

7:00pm Facing History and Ourselves WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94108

Selected Past Events

Monday, January 31st

7:00pm PORTER SQUARE BOOKS 25 White St. Boston, MA 02140 www.portersquarebooks


Tuesday, February 1st

7:00pm RIVERSIDE CHURCH 490 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027

Friday, February 4th

6:00pm LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA 00 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23836

Wednesday, February 9th

7:00pm ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Schlafly Branch 225 N. Euclid St. Louis, MO 63108

Thursday, February 10th

7:00pm UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA Sanctuary 707 W. 47th St. Kansas City, MO 64112

Tuesday, February 15th

6:00pm OCTAVIA BOOKS 513 Octavia St. New Orleans, LA 70115

Wednesday, February 16th

5:00pm SQUARE BOOKS 160 Courthouse Square Oxford, MS

October 16, 2010

2:45-3:45 PM Texas Book Festival C-SPAN/Book TV Tent In conversation with Michele Norris Moderator is Dwonna Naomi Goldstone 4:00 PM Start of Signing Time Signing Location: Main Signing Tent

October 27, 2010

7:00 PM Westbury Library 30-min talk, Q&A ,signing 445 Jefferson Street Westbury, NY 11590

November 14, 2010

7:00 PM Book & Author Dinner 10-min talk, Dinner, signing Hilton Americas-Houston 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010

September 10, 2010

8:00PM Atlanta History Center 130 W Paces Ferry Rd Atlanta, GA 30305

September 14, 2010

7:00PM Harvard Bookstore 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138

September 15, 2010

6:30PM Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202

September 16, 2010

7:00PM Joseph-Beth Booksellers / Legacy Village 24517 Cedar Road Lyndhurst, OH 44124

September 19, 2010

1:00PM Politics & Prose 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008

September 21, 2010

7:00PM Vromans 695 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101

September 22, 2010

7:00PM Los Angeles Public Library 630 W Fifth St Los Angeles, CA 90071

September 23, 2010

7:30PM KPFA / St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 114 Montecito Ave. Oakland, CA 94610

September 24, 2010

7:00PM Northwest African American Museum 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA 98144

September 29, 2010

7:00PM Barnes & Noble 2289 Broadway @ 82nd St. New York, NY 10024

September 30, 2010

6:00PM Chicago Public Library 400 S State St. Chicago, IL 60605