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An Evening with Tayari Jones

Great Authors at the Library
Thursday, May 14
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, the author of the novels "Leaving Atlanta", "The Untelling", "Silver Sparrow", and "An American Marriage."

"It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words."
— Oprah Winfrey

WE WELCOME New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones as part of the Great Authors at the Library series. She will talk about her writing and life. A book signing will follow.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating and book sales. Illini Union Bookstore will be on site selling Tayari Jones books. Made possible with support from the Library Foundation.


Tayari Jones is 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 added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

Find Tayari Jones' books at the Champaign Public Library here

Great Authors at the Library Series
• Oct 1, An Evening with Lisa Scottoline, 7 pm
• Apr 28, 2020, An Evening with Matt de la Peña, 7 pm
• May 14, 2020, An Evening with Tayari Jones, 7 pm

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