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“As harrowing a portrayal of slavery as Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, but also a globe-trotting, page-turning adventure story. A historical epic with much to say about the present-day world.”  -- The Guardian

"One of the Best Books of the Year"-- The New York Times 

● The Washington Post ● Time ● NPR ●           

One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year



UW Tacoma students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the inaugural Community Book Project which has been established to create a common framework for campus-wide dialogue and exploration. Book-related events throughout the year!


In connection with the UWT/SIAS Community Book Project’s selection, the award-winning novel, Washington Black, and Black History Month, UWT Senior Lecturer in History, Libi Sundermann, PhD, explores how the enslaved protagonist of Esi Edugyan’s story reflects the real-life contributions enslaved peoples made to knowledge and advances claimed by European scientists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.​


 The SIAS Community Book Project is sponsored by an ITaSC grant from the UWT School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.