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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 September 2012

Edward P. Jones reading and book signing

Edward P. Jones reading and book signing

Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer Edward P. Jones will be on campus for a reading and book signing Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Dorsey Gym. All of his books, including two collections of short stories, have been hailed as masterpieces.

Jones is one of three African-Americans to ever win a Pulitzer for fiction writing. His first book, a collection of short stories, Lost in the City, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the PEN/Hemingway Award.

His novel, The Known World, won the Pulitzer Prize and focuses on a slave plantation with a black owner/master. Jones researched the novel for 10 years before he sat down to write it. His latest collection of short stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

According to Christina Ingoglia, assistant professor of English at Columbia College, Jones is one of the greatest living writers of our time. “We will be reading his work for a long time, much like we do the work of James Joyce, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison,” said Ingoglia.

Jones writes about African-Americans living in the south and Washington DC. “He speaks to the experience of African Americans post-Great Migration better than anyone else,” said Ingoglia. “His historically based novel, The Known World, revolves around the life of an African-American slave owner and the lives of his slaves.”

Jones has been invited to teach at many universities but he is currently on faculty at George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC, where he was born and raised.

He can be seen discussing his work at the College of Charleston: