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Date: October 20, 2004 (04-96) 

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Edward P. Jones
to Speak at Montgomery College November 11 

            Author Edward P. Jones, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for “The Known World” will read and discuss his work and the life of a writer on Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus, in the Student Lounge of The Commons building, 7600 Takoma Avenue. The event, co-sponsored with the D.C. Chapter of the National Writer’s Union, is free and open to the public.

            “The Known World” has been called one of the great novels about slavery. Jonathan Yardley, writing for The Washington Post Book World, called it “Extraordinary....The best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years...There are hints herein of Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez...and of Faulkner as well....Against all evidence to the contrary that American fiction has given us over the past quarter-century, ‘The Known World’ affirms that the novel does matter, that it still can speak to us as nothing else can.”

Jones recently received a MacArthur Genius Award, which carries an award of $500,000. His book of short stories published in 1992, “Lost in The City,” won a PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction and was short listed for the National Book Award.

            Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He attended local public schools and won a scholarship to Holy Cross College. He earned his master of fine arts at the University of Virginia. After a series of jobs, he began working for a tax newsletter, first as a proofreader and eventually as a columnist. His first short story was published by Essence in 1976. Since then, he has had stories published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares. He has taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and Princeton University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

            For more information, call Professor Robert Giron at 240-567-1379. For directions to the Takoma Park Campus, visit and click on Directories.

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