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“Sag Harbor,” the fourth novel by University of Richmond Tucker-Boatwright Writer-in-Residence Colson Whitehead, has been named to The New York Times Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2009. 

The book follows Benji, a well-off 15-year-old African-American teenager who hangs out with friends in Sag Harbor, Long Island, during the summer of 1985. In its review of the book, the Times said, “Whitehead’s delicious language and sarcastic, clever voice fit this teenager who’s slowly constructing himself ... . It’s an inner monologue, a collection of stories about a classic teenage summer where there’s some cool stuff and some tedium, and Benji grows in minute ways he can’t yet see.”
 
The list appears on The New York Times online and will be in the print edition Dec. 6.

Whitehead has been teaching two fiction-writing courses at Richmond this fall. In addition to “Sag Harbor,” he has published three other novels: “The Intuitionist, “John Henry Days” and “Apex of the Hurt,” as well as a collection of essays, “The Colossus of New York.”
 
"The Intuitionist" won the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. “John Henry Days” won the New York Public Library Young Lions Award and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
His reviews and essays have appeared in the Times, Granta, Harper’s, The Village Voice, Salon and Newsday. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Whiting Writers Award, Whitehead has taught creative writing at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Hunter College, Princeton University and the University of Houston.