Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates is scheduled to visit Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates, a Baltimore native who attended Howard in the 1990s, wrote Between the World and Me, a letter on race to his son, and The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about his father and his childhood. Both books tell of the struggle in Black America. He also is the national correspondent for the The Atlantic, a publication founded in D.C. in 1857 that has shaped the national debate on politics, business, foreign affairs, and cultural trends; and he blogs for The Village Voice. The National Book Award nonfiction nominee is also writing a new Black Panther series for Marvel Comics that is set to begin in the spring, according to The New York Times.

According to an NPR article, Coates’ father was a professor at Howard and owned a small publishing company in the basement of their house.  His father was adamant about reading all kinds of books, which led to Coates; passion for Afro-centric literature and comic books, the article stated.

During his visit to Howard, Coates will speak to various classes during the day to discuss the trajectory and impact of his skyrocketing career in journalism, according to a press release. There will also be an address and book-signing at Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th Street NW, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Tickets can be obtained from: the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Locke Hall, Suite 101; 202-806.6700), the Afro-American Studies Department office (Founders Library, Room 311; 202.806.7242), the Founders Library Access Services and Circulation Desk (2nd floor; 202.806.7250), the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Reading Room (Founders Library, 1st floor; 202.806.4237), and the Howard University Barnes & Noble Bookstore (2225 Georgia Avenue NW; 202. 238.2640).