"I'm telling you: It's one of those books I could not put down."
The perfect first line. How we chase it, scrambling phrases and our brains, seeking magic words to pop open our stories like magic keys. Tougher, can be that last line; tougher because it's culminating an entire world.
On May 8th, Tayari Jones' third novel, Silver Sparrow, which deals with the two families created by a single man, came out in paperback. Jones took some time to talk about her work, the writing life and future plans.
With time running out until Christmas, we thought we'd share some of our favorite reads from the past year. Great books make great gifts.
Truth in books delivers windows on the world that help us understand; it also delivers those oh-so-important I'm not alone moments which get can get you through everyday pain -- and isn't it the everyday pain that often breaks our hearts?
The Age of Obama has been called "the End of Black Firsts" and the end of race. Although neither of those things are true
Now that summer's in full swing, it's the perfect time to hit the beach and crack the binding on a brand new book. We asked
Should you blog if you're an author? Some will find it a drain from their other writing. Others will find it hones their skills. There is no should or shouldn't, it's about the want and the can-do-well.
I read a post on author Tayari Jones' blog on author Tayari Jones' blog earlier this month that hasn't left my mind. She asks why books by black writers aren't considered universal.