“You Gotta Read This”: A Podcast w/Tayari Jones On May 17 @ 8pm EST


Tayari Jones

As the song says, “It’s been a long time” since I had a regular “You Gotta Read This” podcast. Forgive me, y’all, please. It’s been a crazy, busy time since last June (when I had my last podcast) and things don’t look like they will calm down anytime soon.  I’m working like a rented government mule, y’all, and that ain’t no joke.

So I decided instead of having a regular podcast every month, I would just try to make sure that the podcasts I did have every now and again were fabulous and memorable.

And in order to (re)start this podcast party off right, I’m coming back strong with the award-winning novelist Tayari Jones! That’s right. Tomorrow evening at 8pm Eastern Time, I will be talking with Tayari about her just published third book, Silver Sparrow. Click this link to listen to us tomorrow.

You know you don’t want to miss this one. Y’all, this book is so extra good and fabulous. I read it a couple of month of ago in only one night–an accomplishment for me, since I’m usually reading five or six books at a time, and so I only read a bit from each one every day.

I cheated on my other books that night with Silver Sparrow and I was just blown away. It’s not only a seriously good read, it is both a book that is well written and that serious readers will love (read: literary), but one that you can recommend to your girlfriends or family members who might not have picked up a book in a long while (read: not boring, not in the least.)

So join me tomorrow at 8pm Eastern Standard Time for my podcast with novelist Tayari Jones! We are going to have a great time, just gabbing away, and y’all know how I do. We’ll be talking about some things you won’t get in the “regular” interviews.

Here’s the link for the podcast on Talkshoe.com–click it at 8pm. As always, the podcasts will be archived both on this blog and on Talkshoe.com, the host podcast site.

Or you can download all of my podcasts (past and future) for free–yes free— on ITunes, so you can put them on your Ipod and go. What could be better? The podcasts will be available on ITunes the day after the podcast happends, and y’all know me–I will remind you about that.

Here’s Tayari’s very sassy bio (below):

Tayari Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent most of her childhood with the exception of the one year she and her family spent in Nigeria, West Africa. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, is a coming of age story set during the city’s infamous child murders of 1979-81. Jones herself was in the fifth grade when thirty African American children were murdered from the neighborhoods near her home and school.

Leaving Atlanta received many awards and accolades including the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. It was named “Novel of the Year” by Atlanta Magazine and “Best Southern Novel of the Year,” by Creative Loafing Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Washington Post both listed it as one of the best of 2002.

Her second novel, The Untelling, published in 2005, is the story of a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident. Upon the publication of The Untelling, Essence magazine called Jones, “a writer to watch.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution proclaims Jones to be “one of the best writers of her generation.”

Silver Sparrow, her third novel has just been published by Algonquin Books.  The Village Voice wrote that “Tayari Jones is fast defining black midle class Atlanta the way that Cheever did for Westchester.”  The American Booksellers chose Silver Sparrow and the #1 Indie Next pick for June 2011.

Tayari Jones 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 was named as the 2008 Collins Fellow by the United States Artists Foundation.  She will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel.

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