An American Marriage has been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Longlist. A six-title shortlist (three fiction titles, three nonfiction titles,) will be announced on October 24, 2018. The two winners (fiction, nonfiction) will be announced in Seattle on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Credit (From L to R): Erin Schaff for The New York Times, Associated Press
Tayari Jones joins TheNew York Times‘ Lauretta Charlton for a conversation on Black Sisterhood, Anita Hill, and Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of the Kavanaugh Hearings. On Black Feminism, Ms. Jones remarks: “Black women’s feminist contributions are very often erased. But at the same time, I am reminded that the influence of black women — black sisterhood — is everywhere.”
2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Winners with guest speaker Tayari Jones at September 13th ceremony in New York City. (Front, L-R: Lisa Chen and Alison C. Rollins. Back, L-R: Lydia Conklin, Karen Outen, Tayari Jones, Gabriela Garcia, Chelsea Bieker. Photo by Star Black.)
Tayari Jones is honored to have delivered remarks at the 2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards–the only national literary foundation dedicated to awarding exclusively female writers with outstanding contributions to fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
In her remarks to this year’s recipients, Ms. Jones writes, “Alice Walker famously urged us to ‘be no one’s darling.’ I would like to expand on this and push you to be no one’s darling, not even your own.”
To read Tayari Jones’s speech in full, click here.
An American Marriage has been selected for the 2018 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction,. The longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of five books, which will be announced Oct. 10. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 14.
For the complete 2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction, click here.
An American Marriage has been chosen for President Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List. In a Facebook post, the President wrote: “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon. This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth….An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.”
Tayari Jones is honored to have An American Marriage on President Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List– see President Obama’s complete list of summer reading recommendations here.
Tayari Jones will join Emory University’s renowned Creative Writing Program this fall as a member of the English faculty in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She will be on sabbatical for the fall semester, but will begin teaching in January 2019.