Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tayari Jones

Literary Arts presents the 34th season of Portland Arts & Lectures, featuring some of the most engaging writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and journalists whose award-winning works covers the most compelling issues of our time. 

The 2018/2019 series is sold out! A limited number of general admission tickets ($32 plus fees) will be available starting at 5:30pm on Jan. 17th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Box Office.

Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah's Book Club selection; Leaving AtlantaThe Untelling; and Silver Sparrow will lecture on January 17.


Tayari Jones is the author of An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection; Leaving Atlanta; The Untelling; and Silver Sparrow. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, an United States Artist Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Michael Chabon said: “Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.”

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