R283. A Reading & Conversation with Rebecca Makkai and Tayari Jones, Sponsored by the Authors Guild

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage was a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. She also received the 2005 Lillian Smith Book Award for The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow was an Indie Next selection. Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, and an O Magazine selection, and her second novel, The Hundred-Year House, was chosen as the Chicago Writers Association’s novel of the year. This discussion will be moderated by Lesley Nneka Arimah.


Tayari Jones, a New York Times-bestselling author, is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her work appears in Tin House, the Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA fellowship, and Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Silver Sparrow joined the Big Read library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, as well as The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Makkai has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

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