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Tayari Jones

Opening Lines, Last Lines: A Delicate Balance

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

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.

Tayari Jones Knows Why She Sings

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Ru Freeman

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.

9 Great Books To Give This Holiday Season

Angela Flournoy | Posted 02.12.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Flournoy

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.

Do You Like Your Truth Straight-Up in Books?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

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?

GAME CHANGERS: Innovators Remixing And Rethinking The Way We Live

Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

The Age of Obama has been called "the End of Black Firsts" and the end of race. Although neither of those things are true, the discussion about what i...

2 Hot Authors Reveal Their Summer Beach Reads

msn.com | Jennifer Weiner and Harlan Coben | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

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 "Live Wire" author Harlan ...

Writers: To Blog or Not to Blog?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

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.

Reading Across the Racial Divide

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

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.