New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones is the author four novels, including her most recent book, 2018's An American Marriage. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, was published in 2002 to critical acclaim, winning the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Jones, a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, has also been a recipient of the United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Her second novel, The Untelling, won the Lillian Smith Book Award, and her third novel, Silver Sparrow, was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University.
Jones will discuss her 2018 novel, An American Marriage, which was an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and appeared on Barack Obama’s summer reading list as well as his end of the year roundup. The novel was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize, and an NAACP Image Award, and it was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. With over 700,000 copies in print domestically, it has been published in more than two dozen countries. After its publication, Essence magazine called Jones, "one of the most important voices of her generation."