Colson Whitehead

discusses

The Noble Hustle:
Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
19
Monday
May 19, 2014
7:30 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author COLSON WHITEHEAD for a discussion of his latest book, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death.

In 2011 Grantland magazine sent Colson Whitehead to brave the harrowing, seven-day gauntlet of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before.

With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator plunged into the gritty subculture of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. There’s poker here, sure, which means joy and heartbreak, grizzled cowboys from the game’s golden age, and teenage hotshots weaned on internet gambling. Not to mention the overlooked problem of coordinating Atlantic City bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pick-up at school.

And then there’s Vegas.

In a world full of long shots and short odds, The Noble Hustle is a sure bet, a raucously funny social satire whose main target is the author himself.

"Whitehead serves up an engrossing mix of casual yet astute reportage and hang-dog philosophizing, showing us that, for all of poker’s intricate calculations and shrewd stratagems, everything still hangs on the turn of a card."  —Publishers Weekly

Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Zone One, Sag HarborThe Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.

Photo Credit: Frank Lojciechowski

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