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Tayari Jones wins a 2019 NAACP Image Award and Richard Powers wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize!
Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by novelist/poet/activist/UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – plus a book sale and signing.
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“TAYARI JONES has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation,” writes Essence. The Los Angeles Times calls her “a bard of the modern South, a writer whose skill at weaving stories is matched only by her compassion for her characters.” Her most recent novel An American Marriage, received a 2019 NAACP Image Award, became an instant New York Times bestseller, was an Oprah Book Club Pick, and described by The New Yorker as “powerful…. both sweeping and intimate—at once an unsparing exploration of what it means to be black in America and a remarkably lifelike portrait of a marriage.” Her other novels include Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow, added to the NEA Big Read Library of Classics and named a #1 Indie Next Pick. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. Among her many awards, she has been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
RICHARD POWERS, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, “may be one of America’s most ambitious novelists,” says the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. According to The Washington Post, “Powers demonstrates a remarkable ability to tell dramatic, emotionally involving stories while delving into subjects many readers would otherwise find arcane…. genetics, pharmaceuticals, artificial intelligence, music, and photography.” His 12 bestselling novels include The Echo Maker, winner of the National Book Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and described by The Washington Post Book World as “a kind of neuro-cosmological adventure… a lucid, fiercely entertaining novel”; The Time of Our Singing, winner of the Ambassador Award; Orfeo, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and Generosity: An Enhancement. He will read from The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, which the Financial Times calls “a Great American eco-novel.” Spanning decades, with “talking” trees, a diverse cast of characters, and an unfolding catastrophe, Powers shows “he has the courage and intellectual stamina to explore our most complex social questions with originality, nuance, and an innate skepticism about dogma” (The Atlantic).