Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Known World Disscussion At C of C



The College of Charleston community got a real treat Monday, November 1, as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones discussed his book The Known World at TD Arena.

The event a part of the college's One College Reads, in which everyone on campus read the same book and exchanged thoughts and ideas about it.

Jones first read two sections from The Known World. Afterwards, he was interviewed by C of C English professor Conseula Francis (shown in the picture with Jones) about the book and what inspires him to write.

I will admit that I haven't read the book, but did buy it with the plans to read it very soon. I have heard about the book in the past, but became more interested in the book after hearing him read about black slave owners.

While discussing his writing, one thing he said stood out:
The best way about being a writer is a love to read. You don't know how many writers haven't picked up a book. You have an obligation to the people. The reader has a heart and the emotion (of the book) will come through.

Love this!

After the event, I did get a chance to meet Jones and he was very nice. My only wish was that more people in the C of C and Charleston communities had a chance to attend this wonderful event.

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