Robert Jones, Jr. In Conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin via Zoom (2/11)
Robert Jones, Jr., author THE PROPHETS (Putnam), will discuss his debut novel with Maurice Carlos Ruffin at a virtual event hosted by Politics & Prose via Zoom on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 pm (ET).
This stunning debut novel is about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Edmund White’s starred Publishers Weekly review raved, “The lyricism of THE PROPHETS will recall the prose of James Baldwin … a masterpiece.” Entertainment Weekly calls the book “a new kind of epic…A grand achievement…While THE PROPHETS’ dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison…its penetrating focus on social dynamics stands out more singularly.”
Robert Jones, Jr., was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, Okay Africa, The Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community “Son of Baldwin” (Facebook / IG / Twitter). Jones was recently featured in T Magazine‘s cover story, “Black Male Writers of Our Time” and the subject of an expansive profile in The New York Times.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Open Book Award and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance.
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