The bestselling An American Marriage by Tayari Jones traces the lives of Roy, a black man wrongly convicted of rape, and his wife, Celestial. Widely lauded since its release, it became an official Book Club selection of Oprah Winfrey, who enthused: “It’s among Tayari's many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words – and that those words are so glorious.” Glory Edim speaks to Tayari about her stunning novel of love, racial injustice and a marriage interrupted.
Tayari Jones (International)
Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. An American Marriage is an Oprah Book Club selection and a New York Times bestseller. She is currently the Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Michael Chabon says, “Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.”
Glory Edim (International)
Glory Okon Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, an online book club turned literary festival that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Brooklyn Magazine and Smart Girls called Glory the “future of reading”. She has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at start-ups and cultural institutions, including Kickstarter, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Webby Awards. Her first book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is an anthology of essays by high-profile black female writers, including Zinzi Clemmons, Morgan Jerkins, and Tayari Jones, and will be published in 2018.