Lyon College will host a Public Reading by Tayari Jones, a celebrated, best-selling novelist, at 7:30 on Thursday evening, April 5.
Tayari Jones’s just-released An American Marriage is a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club Selection and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller with 250,000 copies in print, all within two weeks of its release.
In choosing the novel for her club, Winfrey commented that “It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.” The New York Times Book Review calls her story of a marriage torn apart by a wrongful conviction “haunting . . . beautifully written,” and USA Today calls it “brilliant and heartbreaking . . . unforgettable.”
Jones has recently appeared on CBS’s morning show and on PBS’s NewsHour to discuss the novel and her writing career.
Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, and her writing centers on the urban South. “Although I now live in the Northeast,” she has explained, “my imagination lives in Atlanta.” Her previous novel, Silver Sparrow, a story of an Atlanta businessman’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle, was chosen for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Library.
Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, a coming-of-age story set against the city’s infamous African American child murders of 1979–81, won the Hurston/Wright Award for debut fiction.
Her second novel, The Untelling, about a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident, received the Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries. The Village Voice wrote, “Tayari Jones is fast defining black middle-class Atlanta the way that Cheever did for Westchester.”
Jones currently serves on the MFA faculty of Rutgers University–Newark. An accomplished and witty speaker, she has spoken at hundreds of colleges and universities, libraries, writers’ conferences, and literary series all over the country.
Jones will read in Lyon College’s Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel and Fine Arts Building. After she reads, Jones will field questions and sign books. Lyon will have copies of An American Marriage available for purchase. The reading is free and open to the public.
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