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Published on Mar 11, 2010
2005 Visiting Writer Series - Writer Tayari Jones - Tayari Jones talks about her first novel "Leaving Atlanta" a book about coming of age. The story is set during the city's infamous child murders of 1979-81. Jones was in the fifth grade when thirty African American children were murdered from the neighborhoods near her home and school. "This novel is my way of documenting a particular moment in history. It is a love letter to my generation and also an effort to remember my own childhood." Jones' work has received many awards including the Hurston/Wright Award. It was named "Novel of the Year" by "Atlanta Magazine". The Washington Post listed it as one of the best of 2002. Jones' is an assistant Professor of English at the U. of Illinois where she teaches creative writing.