Tayari Jones


Tayari Jones has written for McSweeney’s, the New York Times, and The Believer. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, received best-of-the-year nods from The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Creative Loafing. Her second book, The Untelling, won the Lillian C. Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council. And her most recent book, Silver Sparrow, was an O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book for 2011, a Library Journal Best Book for 2011, and the National Women’s Book Association 2011 Great Group Read. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She spent the 2011–2012 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, and in 2012, she was awarded a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.tayarijones.com.

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