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Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward Jones to give reading Oct. 5

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.

Jones received the Pen/Hemingway Award for his first book, Lost in the City, a collection of short stories published in 1992. Lost in the City is set in the nation’s capital, Jones’ birthplace, and  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. Time magazine called it “magisterial.”  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). Contact the Pomona College Department of English at (909) 607-2212 for more information