42nd Annual Literary Festival Keynote Speaker
Jones, who will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Big Blue Room at Ted Constant Convocation Center, is the author of four novels, most recently "An American Marriage." Published in 2018, the New York Times bestseller is an Oprah's Book Club selection. It also appeared on former President Barack Obama's summer reading list as well as his end-of-the-year roundup. The novel won the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. It also has been published in 15 countries.
Jones, whose talk is free and open to the public, has also received 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.