Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and coming out this Tuesday, February 6th, An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo.
A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.
Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its “Big Read Library of Classics” in 2016.
Tayari is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, she is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She’ll be in Atlanta on Feb. 9th to promote An American Marriage at a special event at the Alliance Theatre.
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Junot Díaz Keynote Speech at ABA Winter Institute 2018 Full Speech (YouTube video courtesy of Word Up Books in NYC; warning: the video contains some explicit language)
“WI13: Junot Díaz Urges Booksellers to Walk the Talk on Diversity,” Publishers Weekly
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