Listen Up: #ReadingThings, Round Four: Silver Sparrow with author Tayari Jones
This writing setup is just Tayari Jones's type.
Today we’re talking all about our fourth #ReadingThings book, Silver Sparrow (and still gushing over that scandalous opening line!) with the brilliant, powerful novelist herself, Tayari Jones. The author of three (soon to be four!) novels and a Rutgers creative writing professor spills on bringing these complicated characters to life and that time Judy Blume became her biggest fan—plus, she totally plays along with our casting game.
- Silver Sparrow is the third book in Tayari’s Atlanta trilogy—her first two novels are Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling.
- Read NPR’s interview with Tayari about how the seeds of an idea grew into a full-blown novel—and the story behind the name.
- Check out Girls Write Now, and amazing non-profit that Tayari has done a whole lot of great work with.
- Our thoughts on casting: Don Cheadle as James; Jesse Williams or Common as Raleigh; Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer, or, Tayari’s pick, Jill Scott as Gwen; Amandla Stenberg as Chaurisse; sister duo Chloe and Halle as the Chaurisse and Dana; Yara Shahidi or Serayah as Dana; Tessa Thompson as Mary, Viola Davis as Ms. Bunny, Michael B. Jordan as Marcus, Zendaya as Ruth Nicole Elizabeth Grand; and a cameo by the author herself as Lula.
- For the next installment of #ReadingThings, we’ll be talkin’ Ruth Ozeki’s novel, A Tale for the Time Being, on November 21st—so put that book order in today!