Reading Groups

Edward P. Jones’s
Known and Unknown Worlds


Led By: Jon Michaud


Time: 6 - 7:30pm


Meets: Every other Thursday, four sessions 


Dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9


Sign Up:

Members: $125

Nonmembers: $150


The Known World, Edward P. Jones’s panoramic 2003 novel about a black plantation owner in antebellum Virginia, won the Pulitzer Prize and the IMPAC Award and was included on the New York Times list of the best works of fiction published in the last 25 years. That novel is bookended in Jones’s oeuvre by two remarkable collections of short stories set in the African-American neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.: Lost in the City (1992) and All Aunt Hagar’s Children (2006). All three works display Jones’s gift for creating fully developed, morally complex characters whose closely observed lives offer the reader disquieting and enlightening perspectives on American history and culture.


This reading group will discuss Jones’s books in order of publication. Participants should read Lost in the City before the first session.


Jon Michaud is the head librarian at The Center for Fiction and the author of the novel When Tito Loved Clara. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he writes regularly for The New Yorker and The Washington Post.