Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and New York Times bestseller An American Marriage. Published in February, An American Marriage is a 2018 selection for Oprah’s Book Club and was also chosen by President Barack Obama for his Summer Reading List. Her novel, Silver Sparrow, was designated as an NEA Big Read title in 2016. 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. She holds degrees from Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. Tayari is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory, and previously taught at Rutgers-Newark University, she recently served as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She previously visited Charleston for the 2016 MOJA Arts Festival, but her scheduled appearance fell on the date that an evacuation order was announced in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. MOJA is delighted to be able to have her return this year.
Buxton Books will be selling Tayari's titles after her talk, so look out for us!
The event is FREE but you must register to attend!