MONTGOMERY - Tayari Jones, author of the book "Silver Sparrow," will speak at Troy University Montgomery on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall. A book signing will follow the presentation in the Barnes & Noble Trojan Café, located on the first floor of Whitley Hall.
Jones' book "Silver Sparrow" has been the focus of Troy University Libraries' National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities. Through the grant from NEA and Arts Midwest, Troy University Libraries has organized events such as reading groups, lectures, a film screening and discussion and a photography exhibit by internationally renowned photographer Laylah Amatullah. The NEA Big Read program is designed to broaden understanding of the world through communitywide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
Published in 2011 by Algonquin Books, "Silver Sparrow" was chosen by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as an Honor Book and was nominated for both the NAACP Image Award and the 2013 Dublin International Literary Award.
Jones, an associate professor in the Master of Fine Arts program at Rutgers University, will visit the University's Montgomery Campus to discuss her work on April 21. The event will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall, and will begin at 9 a.m. She also will discuss her book and sign copies of "Silver Sparrow" at the Alabama Book Festival in Old Alabama Town at 10 a.m. on April 22.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Jones now serves as an associate professor in the Master of Fine Arts program at Rutgers University, where she was awarded with a Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and a Leader in Faculty Diversity Award. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her forthcoming novel, "Dear History." She also has published the award-winning novels "Leaving Atlanta" (2002) and "The Untelling" (2005).
Jones will also take part in the Alabama Book Festival on Saturday in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town. For additional information on the book festival and line up of author presentations, visit alabamabookfestival.org/welcome.html.