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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novelist Edward P. Jones to Give Reading at Pomona College

Edward P. Jones, a 2004 Pulitzer Prize award winner for his debut novel The Known World, will read from his work at Pomona College on Wednesday, October 5 as part of the College’s 2005-2006 Literary Series.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Jones received the Pen/Hemingway Award for his first book, Lost in the City, a collection of short stories published in 1992 that was also nominated for the National Book Award. Lost in the City is set in the nation’s capital, Jones’ birthplace, and this praised collection takes the reader into the lives of African-American men and women who work against the constant threat of loss to maintain a sense of hope.

In The Known World, Henry Townsend is a former slave who becomes a slave owner. Jones moves seamlessly between the past, the future and back again to the present, weaving together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians – allowing for a deeper understanding of the world created by the institution of slavery.

Critical praise was lavish for The Known World, which was also short-listed for the National Book Award. Time magazine called it “magisterial.” It was described as “stunning” by The New York Times. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that Jones’ novel was, "brilliant...glorious...[The Known World] belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The New Yorker described it as “a book of tremendous moral intricacy.”

Jones’ reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will be held in the Ena Thompson Reading Room in Crookshank Hall (Room 108, 140 W. 6th Street, Claremont). For further information, contact the Pomona College Department of English at (909) 607-2212.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.