One of my favorite reads last year was Tayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow. It tell the story of Dana and Chaurisse, two teenaged girls whose mothers are married to the same man. Dana and her mother have always been aware of the situation , but Chaurisse and her mom are in the dark about it all. The tensions builds in this wonderful novel as the girls form a tentative friendship which angers their father and threatens to disrupt the fragile balance of both families. I reviewed the hardcover, and it is the perfect book to read with family, friends or your book club.
Two readers with a US or Canadian mailing address (no PO boxes, please), have the opportunity to win a signed copy of the paperback edition of Silver Sparrow. For entry, fill out this form by end of day, 11:59 p.m, June 30th, and you’ll be entered for your chance to win. Thanks to Algonquin Books for offering a give away! Good Luck!
In addition to the giveaway, I have a bit of news about Tayari Jones and Judy Blume and their participation in the Book Club that Algonquin launched last year. See below for what Algonquin has to say about the event.
Algonquin launched the Algonquin Book Club, where we host four literary events each year held at bookstores around the country and simultaneously webcast them on our site, www.algonquinbooksblog.com We’ve had some amazing events so far, including Stephen King interviewing Lauren Grodstein (A Friend of the Family), Garth Stein and Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife), Edwidge Danticat in conversation with Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies), and most recently, Anne Lamont and Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You). And in the weeks leading up to each event, we feature exclusive author interviews, excerpts, and tons of giveaways!
On June 19th acclaimed author Judy Blume is interviewing Tayari Jones about Silver Sparrow, which just came out in paperback. The event is hosted by B & N in NYC, and is being webcast live on our website. We’ve come up with a cute (albeit, a little unoriginal) tag line for the event: Are You There Judy? It’s me, Tayari.
One June 19th at 7pm, you’ll be able to go to this page to listen in on the webcast and to chat with other participants!