Episode 35 — Tayari Jones


The guest today is Tayari Jones, author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and most recently, Silver Sparrow, now available from Algonquin Books.

Library Journal, in a starred review, calls it a “a graceful and shining work about finding the truth.”

Topics of conversation include:  writing, bad romance, Judy Blume, Atlanta, child characters, Ron Carlson, Spelman College, puberty, Chris Rock, The Giving Tree, help, Oprah, Nigeria, Fulbrights, Harvard, letter-writing, pen pals, business, book tours, typewriters, cynicism, dressing up, cleanliness, and new book ideas.