When novelist Colson Whitehead reads from his work at Georgia State University next week, he won't be on the usual book tour. Not that Whitehead needs any excuse to give a reading: the MacArthur Genius is among his generation's finest writers. Whitehead's last novel, 2011's Zone One, took on the zombie genre and elevated it to literary heights, not unlike the way his first novel in 1999, The Intuitionist, took a post-modern approach to the detective novel. Colson's ability to find the intersection between pop culture and high art has come to define his career.
So, will Whitehead be reading from his next novel at GSU? Hard to say. He's on deadline and not doing interviews right now. Like a growing number of contemporary novelists, the closest insight to his next work in progress might come from his Twitter feed. Whitehead recently explained his interest in Twitter to Publisher's Weekly, "I had a cat, the cat died, and now the stuff I used to say to the cat all day, I tweet."