June 22, 2020

Library to host Tayari Jones for virtual author talk this Friday

Hear from the bestselling author of An American Marriage

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will host Tayari Jones for a free virtual author talk this Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

As part of CML’s Carnegie Author Series, Jones was originally scheduled to lead an author talk on Sept. 20 at Main Library. However, she has graciously agreed to do her talk virtually due to the uncertainty surrounding hosting large public events, now and in the near future, as a result of COVID-19.

CML is happy to host Jones at a time when our communities are having important conversations about racism in our country.

Those interested in attending can click here to register, attend and also view a recording of the program after it concludes.

Jones will discuss her 2018 novel, An American Marriage, which was a New York Times bestseller, an Oprah’s Book Club pick and selected by President Obama for his 2018 summer reading list.

She is a native of Atlanta, which serves as the setting for An American Marriage, as well as her other novels, Leaving Atlanta (2002), The Untelling (2005), Silver Sparrow (2011) and her forthcoming book, Old Fourth Ward.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is an A. D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

For more information, visit her on FacebookTwitter or at tayarijones.com.

The author talk will be moderated by NBC4 anchor Kerry Charles.

The Carnegie Author Series is sponsored by NBC4.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.