October 29, 2008

AMHERST, Mass.—Novelist Tayari Jones will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Jones’ first novel, Leaving Atlanta, received multiple awards and honors, including the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. Continuing a vibrant preoccupation with the urban south, her second novel, The Untelling, follows one family’s struggle to overcome a fatal car accident—and prompted Essence magazine to call Jones “a writer to watch.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution was likewise positive in its review, proclaiming Jones “one of the best writers of her generation.”

The recipient of numerous fellowships, Jones is an assistant professor in the master of fine arts program at the Newark campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.