President's Lecture Series


Tayari Jones: New York Times Best-selling Author and Novelist


Tayari Jones

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Ted Constant Convocation Center

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President's Lecture Series; Annual Literary Festival


Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, most recently "An American Marriage." Published in 2018, "An American Marriage" is an Oprah's Book Club selection and also appeared on former President Barack Obama's summer reading list as well as his end-of-the-year roundup. The novel won the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. With over 500,000 copies in print domestically, it also has been published in 15 countries.

Jones has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Her third novel, "Silver Sparrow," was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016.

She is a creative writing professor at Emory University.

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Sponsored by the ODU English Department Creative Writing Program and President's Office.

Introductions by Luisa Igloria and Remica Bingham-Risher, 42nd Annual Literary Festival Directors.

Video produced by ODU Academic Technology Services (Vernon Carter Perry).

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