The Montclair Public Library in partnership with Central Presbyterian Church will host a conversation between New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones and author, historian, and artist Dr. Nell Irvin Painter on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park St. in Montclair.
These two celebrated authors will discuss Jones’ latest book, An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection. The novel was also chosen for President Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List. In a Facebook post, he 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.”
Jones’ other novels include Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA 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.
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her sixties—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.
As a scholar, Professor Painter has published numerous books, articles, reviews, and other essays. Her books include: The History of White People, Creating Black Americans: African American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present, Southern History Across the Color Line, Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol, Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919, The Narrative of Hosea Hudson, and Exodusters.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of the authors’ newest and previous works available for purchase. At the end of the event, the authors will sign their books.
To reserve a seat, please purchase a ticket or call 973-744-0500 x2222. Tickets, which are $26 each and include a copy of An American Marriage, can be purchased here.