Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 25: Tayari Jones

Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 25 - Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage
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.

Links from This Episode

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

Tayari Jones Author Website

Judy Blumesday, Judy Blume’s 80th Birthday Event in NYC

Literary Atlanta’s First, Five-Question Listener Survey

Events Mentioned in This Episode

Feb. 1st – Cheryl Reid at Eagle Eye Books

Feb. 3rd – Kimberly Brock and Ricki Schultz at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Feb. 8th – Jessica Shattuck at the Margaret Mitchell House

Feb. 9th – Tayari Jones in Conversation with Pearl Cleage at the Alliance Theatre. RSVP via email to

Books Mentioned in This Episode

An American Marriage by Tayari JonesAn American Marriage by Tayari Jones





Silver Sparrow by Tayari JonesSilver Sparrow by Tayari Jones





Leaving Atlanta by Tayari JonesLeaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones

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