Travel to Africa and India, through outer space and back to the East Village all in one night? Anything is possible with these four writer-cosmopolites at the next Sunday Salon. It’s going to hot! (So remember to bring some sunscreen and a hat!)
Tony D’Souza is the author of the novel Whiteman, winner of the Sue Kaufman prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Maria Thomas Award from Peace Corps Writers, the Florida Gold medal for Fiction, Best First Fiction from Poets & Writers Magazine, and was a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and PEN’s Robert Bingham Fellowship. Tony’s stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Best American Fantasy, the O. Henry Prize Stories and elsewhere, and his journalism has appeared in Salon, Esquire, Worldview, and Outside Magazine, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Tony’s second novel, The Konkans, chronicles an immigrant family to Chicago from India’s Konkan Coast. He has received an NEA grant and an NEA Japan Friendship Fellowship. Tony has appeared on the Today Show, Dateline, A&E’s Bill Kurtis Investigates, the BBC, NPR, and has spoken at many universities.
Tayari Jones (www.tayarijones.com) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent most of her childhood with the exception of the one year she and her family spent in Nigeria, West Africa. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, is a coming of age story set during the city’s infamous child murders of 1979-81. Leaving Atlanta received many awards and accolades including the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. She has received fellowships from organizations including Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Corporation of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Le Chateau de Lavigny ( Switzerland.) Her second novel, The Untelling, published in 2005, is the story of a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident. In 2005, The Southern Regional council and the University of Georgia Libraries awarded The Untelling with the Lillian C. Smith Award for New Voices. Tayari Jones is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.
Matthew Cheney has recently published fiction in the magazines One Story and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and the anthologies Interfictions and Logorrhea. He is a columnist for the online magazine Strange Horizons and series editor of Best American Fantasy from Prime Books.
Playwright and novelist, Frances Madeson, holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. Her plays–The Candle Lit, A Purim Tango, Shylock’s Heart and Levin’s Eulogy–have been produced or read at The Cleveland Public Theatre, the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and other venues. She has written three novels: Restaurant Week, Dancing for the Godfather of Soul and Cooperative Village. Published in May 2007, Cooperative Village is her debut book. Frances is currently working with director Ari Laura Kreith on a one-woman-show based on Cooperative Village. In addition, she is happily at work writing her next comic novel.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from The New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency.