Author Event: Tayari Jones

Nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones comes to the Main library May 13 to talk about her latest novel, Silver Sparrow.

Tayari Jones. Photo Credit: Rayon RichardsA breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle, the novel is a Women’s National Book Association 2011 Great Group Read, a Slate Best Book of 2011 Pick, a Library Journal Top Ten Book for 2011, and an O: The Oprah Magazine Best Books selection for 2011.

Tayari Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  Although she has not lived in her hometown for over a decade, much of her writing centers on the urban south.  “Although I now live in the northeast,” she explains, “my imagination lives in Atlanta.”

Tayari is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa, and Arizona State University.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.  She is spending the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel.


This event is part of Tayari’s 2012 national book tour.  Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.


Tickets are available here through our Library Web Store. Or, pick up your tickets in person at the Main Library.

  • M-F  9:00-5:00PM at the Reception Desk on the Third Floor
  • Evenings and weekends at the Circulation Desk on the First Floor


Location: Main branch, auditorium
Time: Sunday, May 13, 2- 4 pm
Tickets: $5