Pulitzer Prize winner to read at CityLit

Jones headlines first-time festival

April 08, 2004|By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo

Acclaimed author Edward P. Jones will appear in Baltimore on Saturday, April 17, to headline the first-ever CityLit Festival. Jones' novel The Known World was just awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.)

The festival will feature free workshops, exhibits and appearances by local authors and poets, including Tonya Matthews, Reggie Harris Sun reporter M. Dion Thompson and his former colleague Laura Lippman. Some of the participants were scheduled to appear at the 2003 Baltimore Book Festival, which was washed out by Tropical Storm Isabel.

The event is being presented by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Do the Write Thing (a firm that specializes in writing and publishing seminars), in media partnership with WYPR-FM.

Jones, 53, will be reading excerpts of The Known World, a story set in mid-19th-century Virginia that chronicles the life and death of a former slave who eventually obtains a plantation and slaves of his own. Audience members are invited to stay afterward to have a copy of the book signed.

CityLit Festival will take place at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jones will read beginning at 3 p.m.

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