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Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler and Ta-Nehisi Coates Discuss New Book at West Angeles

On Thursday, October 17, Macarthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates will discuss his new book The Water Dancer with filmmaker Ryan Coogler, the director of the ground-breaking, Academy Award-winning film Black Panther, at West Angeles COGIC. 


The Water Dancer marks Coates’ first work of fiction. It is now #1 on Apple Books, and has been named as Oprah’s most recent Book Club pick.


Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known…

This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen (courtesy, Penguin Random House).


oprah thumbs through the book the water dancer with Tanehisi Coates on the CBS morning show.

TONIGHT: Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler and Ta-Nehisi Coates Discuss New Book at West Angeles – Oprah meets author Ta-Nehisi Coates for the first time on CBS This Morning. She referred to THE WATER DANCER as “one of the best books I’ve ever read” and has made the book her most recent Book Club pick.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer-in-residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling book Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015, and of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America. 

Ta-Nehisi is also National Corespondent for The Atlantic, where he wrote The Case For Reparations, a piece which has been credited for helping to reopen the discussion of reparations for American chattel slavery. 


Ryan Coogler is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won the top audience and grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series, Creed (2015), and the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), the latter of which broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time by a black director.

In 2013, Coogler was included on Time Magazine’s list of the 30 people under 30 who are changing the world.  In 2018, he was named the runner-up of Time’s Person of the Year.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

In conversation with Ryan Coogler,

Director of “Black Panther”

Co-presented with Eso Won Books and Chevalier’s Books