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Tayari Jones

Updated: Jul 19, 2018

Tayari Jones
Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

5 Things About Tayari:

  1. She is an Atlanta, GA native and graduated from Spelman College.

  2. Leaving Atlanta, her debut novel, focuses on the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81 through the eyes of children.

  3. #anotherblackgirl she cites as a mentor and inspiration is author Pearl Cleage.

  4. She has 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

  5. Her riveting novel American Marriage was selected as an Oprah Winfrey Book club pick when released in Feb 2018 and is being made into a movie. Watch Auntie O share the news:

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