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Voices of the Rainbow: Lara Vapnyar & Tayari Jones
English Department at LIU Brooklyn (Long Island University), Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12pm
2013 Southern Voices Festival: Author Conference
Hoover Public Library, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 09am
The Hoover Public Library is presenting an Authors Conference. The following authors will be present. After the afternoon conference sessions, the authors will be available for book signings.
Wiley Cash is a native of western North Carolina, a region that plays a critical role in his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. A literary mystery surrounding the death of a young autistic boy during a church healing service, the book has garnered much critical acclaim and was listed as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Southern Indie Booksellers Allliance Pick. The Washington Post calls Wiley Cash a “promising new voice to Southern fiction.”
Dorothea Benton Frank
Dorothea Benton Frank is The New York Times best-selling author of 13 novels including Lowcountry Summer, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, Mrs. Frank is known for her eloquent descriptions of the South Carolina lowcountry. Her latest novel, Porch Lights, is the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home for healing when her husband, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty. Filled with pluff mud, palmetto fronds and ocean breeze, the novel combines themes of love, loss, grief, motherhood and friendship.
Ron Rash is a novelist, poet, short story writer and Southern Voices alumnus. In 2008, Rash’s fourth novel Serena received wide accolades and was named as Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008, listed to The New York Times’ 10 Favorite Books of 2008 and was a finalist for the 2009 Pen/Faulkner Award. According to Pat Conroy, Serena catapulted Rash to “the front ranks of the best American novelists.” In 2013, Serena will make its debut on the silver screen starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as Serena and George Pemberton.
Grant Jerkins has published three novels, including the Southern gothic coming of age story, At the End of the Road and The Ninth Step. Each of these novels primarily focus on the dark side of humanity—prompting The Washington Post to remark, “You have to admire the purity of Jerkins’s writing: He’s determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.” Pegged by The New York Times as a “well-fashioned study in abnormal psychology,” his debut novel A Very Simple Crime has been optioned for a film.
Tayari Jones is the author of three novels including Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and most recently, The Silver Sparrow, which follows two daughters, one public and one secret, who meet and become friends. The powerful, explosive novel has received overwhelming praise from the media, readers and booksellers alike. Named to O, The Oprah Magazine’s Favorite Books of 2011 and Library Journal’s Top Ten Best Books of 2011, Michele Norris described the book as “a complicated, heartbreaking and very rich story” on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Michel Stone’s debut novel The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter. Kirkus Review compared the novel to the work of John Steinbeck, and it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a 2012 “Okra Pick” from the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Association.
Wendy Wax has written eight novels, including Ocean Beach, Single in Suburbia, Magnolia Wednesdays, and the Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, The Accidental Bestseller. Her latest novel, Ocean Beach is the sequel to Ten Beach Road, the story of three strangers who form a unique friendship when they are forced to unite with a common purpose: restore an aged Florida vacation home and regain their stolen fortune. (clong)
TAYARI JONES: SILVER SPARROW READING & SIGNING
Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7pm
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Tayari Jones’ Silver sparrow is set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s. The opening line of the novel, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," launches a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Silver sparrow is the third stunning novel from an author deemed "one of the most important writers of her generation" (Atlanta Journal Constitution). Tayari Jones’ reading will be followed by a booksigning and reception.
Location: Street: 55 Haywood St City: Asheville, Province: North Carolina Postal Code: 28801 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Tayari Jones In-Store Signing
Charis Books and More, Monday, May 14, 2012 at 5:30pm
To celebrate the paperback release of Tayari Jones' beautiful novel, Silver sparrow, as well as the reprinting of her first two novels, Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling we will host Tayari for an afternoon book signing at Charis!
Location: Street: 1189 Euclid Ave NE City: Atlanta, Province: Georgia Postal Code: 30307-1509 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow
Atlanta History Center, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8pm
Tayari Jones discusses Silver Sparrow.
Set in a middle-class Atlanta neighborhood in the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around the two families of James Witherspoon – the public one and the secret one. When daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her flawed characters, including the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle, she reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives. (jasbro)
Lauren Grodstein in conversation with Stephen King for the Algonquin Book Club
Water Street Bookstore, Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7pm
Algonquin Book Club and Water Street Bookstore present Lauren Grodstein in conversation with Stephen King Acclaimed author Stephen King interviews up-and-coming author Lauren Grodstein in this unique literary event live and in person at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH. The Algonquin Book Club will be livestreaming the conversation to book clubs, fans across the country and around the world, and you (if you can't make it to the real thing). Check it out at www.AlgonquinBooksBlog.com. Lauren Grodstein's novel A friend of the family is a compelling, psychologically rich novel with complex characters and a fast moving plot, written in gripping and often profound prose. A skilled internist with a thriving practice in suburban New Jersey, Pete Dizinoff has a devoted wife, an impressive house, and a son, Alec, on whom he’s pinned all his hopes. But Pete never counted on the wild card: Laura, his best friend’s daughter—ten years older than Alec, irresistibly beautiful, with a past so shocking that it’s never spoken of … * A Washington Post Best Book of the Year selection * A New York Times Editors’ Choice * A Bookpage Best Fiction of the Year selection “Such an incisive diagnosis of aspirational America that someone should hand out copies at Little League games and ballet recitals . . . Horrifyingly plausible and deeply poignant, A friend of the familywill leave you shaken and chastened–and grateful for the warning.” –The Washington Post “Stunning . . . An unqualified success . . . Grodstein’s sentences are finely made and precisely fitted to one another and her story . . . If there’s any justice in the world, A friend of the family will be her breakout book . . . She has written a novel that will leave her reader sitting up, sifting the evidence in the dead of night.” –The Boston Globe Lauren Grodstein’s books include the novels A friend of the family and Reproduction is the Flaw of Love and the story collection The Best of Animals. Her pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized. Lauren teaches creative writing at Rutgers-Camden, where she helps administer the college’s MFA program. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey. Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63, Full Dark No Stars, Blockade Billy, Under the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything’s Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey’s Story,andBag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Cooperative Middle School auditorium in Stratham, NH. Seating is general admission. The Algonquin Books Club offers a selection of 25 paperback titles chosen for their popularity, widespread critical acclaim, and power to provoke discussion. Each includes a reader’s guide with discussion points, author interviews, original essays, or other special features. We’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections a year for dynamic literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable writer: March 3, 2012 Lauren Grodstein (A friend of the family) interviewed by Stephen King, author ofFull Dark, No Stars April 26, 2012 Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of you) interviewed by Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required June 19, 2012 Tayari Jones (Silver sparrow) interviewed by Judy Blume, author of Summer Sisters Note: As this event is to celebrate and promote the writing career of Lauren Grodstein, Stephen King will not be taking questions about or signing copies of his books. We hope that the opportunity to see a favorite author interview another writer (who he chose to interview and admires) will be exciting enough for any Stephen King fan or fan of the written word in general.
Location: Street: Cooperative Middle School Additional: 1 Academic Way City: Stratham, Province: New Hampshire Postal Code: 03885 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
A Literary Evening with Tayari Jones
Virginia Commonwealth University, James Branch Cabell Library (VCU), Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7pm
Tayari Jones reads from Silver Sparrow.
The VCU Friends of the Library present “A Literary Evening with Tayari Jones.” Considered by many to be a rising literary star, Jones will read from her new novel, “Silver Sparrow,” on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Richmond Salons of the Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Tayari Jones has received both popular and critical acclaim for her writing. Her bestselling first novel, “Leaving Atlanta,” won the 2003 Hurston–Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Her second novel, “The Untelling,” won the 2005 Lillian C. Smith Award for New Voices and was a finalist for the 2006 Hurston–Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. “Silver Sparrow,” her third novel, appeared in May 2011 from Algonquin Books and has been called “absorbing” and “compelling” by The Washington Post. Described by O, The Oprah magazine as “a love story full of perverse wisdom and proud joy,” the novel follows the lives of two women who discover that they are sisters, the daughters of a bigamist father. Jones, on tour publicizing the novel, comes to Richmond as a featured participant of the 2011 James River Writers Conference, from Oct. 6 through 8. Her reading at VCU is a collaboration among VCU Libraries, the James River Writers group and the VCU Department of English. The event is free and open to the public, though attendees are asked to register at https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/tayarijones or by contacting Gregory Kimbrell at (804) 828-0593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is available for a fee in the West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact Gregory Kimbrell. A limited number of reserved seats and an opportunity to meet Jones will be offered to new members of the Friends of the VCU Libraries. To join the Friends, visit www.library.vcu.edu/giving/fol/join.html or call (804) 827-1165. (vassaram)
Event location: Richmond Salons, VCU Student Commons
Eagle Eye Book Shop, Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7pm
Tayari Jones discusses Silver Sparrow.
***** UPDATED! ***** With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families—the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters—the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle—she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers—think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye—Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers. Please note: Ms. Jones' new book must be purchased from Eagle Eye for this event. Save your receipt, and come join us! (jasbro)
Blue Elephant's First Anniversary Tea Party, with Atlanta author Tayari Jones
Blue Elephant Book Shop, Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 4pm
Tayari Jones discusses Silver Sparrow.
On the very anniversary of our move to our cozy new home, we’re delighted to be hosting Tayari Jones, who will be reading and signing her new book, Silver Sparrow. Hometown girl Tayari Jones has given us an intriguing tale of James Witherspoon’s two families—one public and one hidden. Told from the perspectives of the two daughters, the story unrolls as a fascinating look at the collapse of the house—or in this case, houses—of lies carefully constructed over many years. Oh, what a web we weave! I’ve read and enjoyed this her third novel (as I did Jones's other two) and think you’ll find it a treat to spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon getting acquainted with this talented Atlanta native and Spelman graduate. —Laura (jasbro)
Athens-Clarke County Library, Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:30pm
Tayari Jones discusses Silver Sparrow.
We are delighted to welcome back Atlanta’s own wonderful author Tayari Jones and her acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new novel, ”Silver Sparrow.” It is the mesmerizing story, set in an Atlanta middle class neighborhood in the 1980s, of a bigamist, his deceptions and the fate of a pair of teenage girls drawn into heartbreaking complicity. We know you won’t soon forget this powerful story! Jones was born and raised in Atlanta and now teaches at Rutgers University in new Jersey. Her previous books include ”Leaving Atlanta,” set in the city during a series of terrible child murders, and ”The Untelling,” which won the Lillian Smith Award. We will have copies of her books here for sale and signing at this event. (jasbro)
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