Tayari Jones, author of ‘An American Marriage,’ to speak at University of West Georgia

Award-winning author Tayari Jones will discuss and sign copies of her book, "An American Marriage," on April 15 at the University of West Georgia.

Her appearance is part of the university’s 2020 Spring Book Discussion  program.

The free event, which includes a reception, will begin at 7 p.m. in the campus center ballroom.

Copies of her highly acclaimed fourth novel, which was an Oprah Book Club selection, will be given to students in order to spark a campus-wide conversation, according to a release about the event.

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“An American Marriage” tells the story of newlyweds Celestial and Roy. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career; however, as they settle into their life together, Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime he did not commit.

ATLANTA 01-16-20 Emory Professor and acclaimed author, Tayari Jones, poses in her Atlanta home. (Tyson Horne / tyson.horne@ajc.com)

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The story unfolds partly through letters, but as he is released and they try to rebuild a  life together.

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

Jones is the author of three other novels, “Leaving Atlanta,” inspired by her experiences growing up during the Atlanta child murders, “The Untelling,” and “Silver Sparrow.”