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CANCELED — Tayari Jones kicks off Givens NOMMO speaker series

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones; Photo: Nina Subin

This event has been canceled.
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Tayari Jones is one of the most exciting voices in modern fiction. She is a New York Times best-selling author of four novels — including the 2018 bestseller, An American Marriage, which has received multiple awards including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Aspen Words Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and has sold over 500,000 copies. Don’t miss her reading and on-stage conversation with Lissa Jones-Lofgren, host of KMOJ “Urban Agenda” and “Black Market Reads” podcast.

On May 6, Jones will be the first speaker in the newly named Archie Givens Jr. NOMMO* African American Speaker Series. It builds on the work of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and honors Archie Givens Jr.’s lifelong commitment to African American writers, audiences, and literature.

NOMMO finds a lasting legacy in the University Libraries’ Givens Collection of African American Literature, while providing a powerful platform for African American cultural leaders.

* NOMMO is a Dogon word meaning “the magic power of the word.”

The Pankake Poetry Series was named in honor of retired librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University Libraries.

Important notice from the University of Minnesota

Your health and well-being, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the University of Minnesota. The University is following the recommendation of the State of Minnesota, effective immediately and until further notice.

All major venues at the University, system-wide, are closed to the public, and events will be canceled, rescheduled, or moved online where possible. We are working closely with public health officials and will regularly assess the ongoing need for these restrictions.

As a result, the University of Minnesota Libraries has canceled the NOMMO event scheduled for May 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your partnership and patience as we work together to keep our community healthy.

Award-winning author Tayari Jones

Two books: An American Marriage and Silver SparrowWednesday, May 6 | 7:00 p.m.

Ted Mann Concert Hall
University of Minnesota
2128 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Event Co-Sponsors
University of Minnesota Libraries
Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries
The Givens Foundation of African American Literature
African American Leadership Forum
UMN Alumni Association
UMN College of Liberal Arts
UMN College of Education and Human Development
UMN Givens Collection of African American Literature
UMN Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department
UMN African American & African Studies Department
UMN Urban Research & Outreach Engagement Center (UROC)
UMN Institute for Advanced Study
Event Promotional Partners
KBEM Jazz88 Radio
UMN English Department

Praise for An American Marriage

“…a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.”
—Barack Obama

“A tense and timely love story…Packed with brave questions about race and class.”

“It’s among Tayari’s many gifts that she can touch us soul to soul with her words.”
—Oprah Winfrey


May 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries


Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 4th St. S.
Minneapolis, MN, MN 55455 United States
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