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Community Reads “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

Read with us. Please join the Spencertown Academy Arts Center for our first Community Reads event, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

An American Marriage was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, as well as a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book. In the novel, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.

We will meet via Zoom to discuss this book on Wednesday, July 22, 7:30pm. The discussion will be moderated by author Wesley Brown and Chatham Public Library Director Julie DeLisle. This event is free to all. Registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, July 21. Registration is limited.

Please consider shopping local! An American Marriage can be purchased/ordered at The Chatham Bookstore. Mention Community Reads for a 10% discount.

Chatham Public Library Director Julie DeLisle

Julie DeLisle has served as director of the Chatham Public Library since 2013. Besides reading, her passions include cooking, biking, yoga, knitting and ukulele. She considers the ability to knit while reading to be her favorite superpower.

author Wesley Brown

Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels, a collection of short stories, Dance of the Infidels, and four produced plays, including Dark Meat on a Funny Mind. He is Professor Emeritus in English at Rutgers University and has taught literature, drama and creative writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He wrote the narration for a segment of the 1997 PBS documentary, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices and is co-editor of the Methuen Anthology of American Women Playwrights : 1970-2020. A new edition of Brown’s first novel, Tragic Magic, will be published by McSweeney’s in 2021. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020
7:30 pm
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