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Saturday, October 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fiction Keynote

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Tayari Jones first graced the BBF stage back in 2012 for her previous novel, Silver Sparrow. Since then, the continued ascent of her writing career has been nothing short of meteoric, and her 2018 novel An American Marriage has been a New York Times bestseller, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction. An American Marriage offers a stunningly intimate and emotionally raw portrait of a young couple in crisis. Young black couple Roy and Celestial have only been married a year when Roy is wrongfully accused of sexual assault and subsequently imprisoned. Jones examines how this catastrophe wreaks havoc with the dynamics of the couple’s nascent marriage, and the emotional stakes are unbelievably high as Celestial and Roy’s story plays out through shifting perspectives and generous, empathetic storytelling. An American Marriage touches on themes of friendship, love, trust, and, of course, the injustice that disrupts and destroys far too many real lives and love stories, particularly for people of color. We are honored to welcome Tayari Jones back to the BBF for this year’s fiction keynote session, during which she will be interviewed by Christopher Castellani, artistic director of GrubStreet and author of, among other works, the forthcoming novel Leading Men. Sponsored by BOOKFORUM.

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Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena, which received a Massachusetts... Read More →

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Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer,  the New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA