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Open Book/ Open Mind: Tayari Jones in conversation with Nell Irvin Painter

Date: Sat, 10/20/2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Categories: Adult Events

These two celebrated authors will discuss Tayari Jones’ latest book, An American Marriage, a New York Times best-selling novel, and a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection.  This event will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. To reserve a seat, please purchase a ticket HERE or call 973-744-0500 x2222. Each ticket admits one person and includes a hardcover copy of An American Marriage, which can be signed at the end of the event.

Tayari Jones, is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. 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. Nell Irvin 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.

Thanks to our sponsors of this event, Gloria and John Pak, and to our Series sponsors,  Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation, for their support all year.


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