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Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Book Club

Thursday, February 21  6:00  PM
Georgia Writers Museum
109 S Jefferson Avenue, Eatonton, Georgia


Leaving Atlanta 
by  Tayari  Jones 

Tayari Jones was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame on November 5th, 2018, in a class of five inductees. 


She was born in Atlanta in 1970, attended Spelman College, and later earned Master’s degrees from University of Iowa (1994) and Arizona State (2000) in English and fiction writing. Her parents were both university professors at Clark College. She has written four novels that have received wide acclaim, all set in Atlanta. Her latest novel, “An American Marriage”, was just listed by The New York Times as a 2018 Notable Books of the Year. and was an Oprah's 2018 Book Club Selection.   She is on the faculty of Emory and Rutgers in Creative Writing.


“Leaving Atlanta” is a first novel set in 1980 in north Atlanta at at time when thirty African American children were murdered.  It is seen through the eyes of three children. The paperback is 272 pages and available from Amazon.

About the GWHOF Book Club

The Book Club was formed in 2016 to meet once a quarter to discuss a  book from a GWHOF inductee, preferably  an author who is living with recently published books.  The books will be the author’s most highly regarded books, and depict contemporary life in Georgia.

Books from past GWHOF Book Club Meetings

August, 2016 Terry Kay “To Dance with the White Dog”

November, 2016 Judson Mitcham “The Sweet Everlasting”

February, 2017 Janisse Ray "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood”

May, 2017 Calder Willingham “Rambling Rose”

August, 2017 Bailey White “Mama Makes up her mind…”

November, 2017 Philip Lee Williams “The Heart of a Distant Forest”

February, 2018 Ferrol Sams “Run With the Horsemen”

May, 2018 Brainard Cheney “Devil’s Elbow”

August, 2018 Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind”

November, 2018 Melissa Fay Greene “The Temple Bombing”

Discussion Leader:

Jack Shinneman, a founding member of Georgia Writers Museum