[VIRTUAL] PEN Out Loud: Robert Jones, Jr. with Mateo Askaripour

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$15 General Admission*
* Admission with books, signed books, and bookplates available at additional cost.
The first 300 admission with book tickets will be signed.

National Book Award finalist Robert Jones, Jr. joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate the paperback release of his New York Times-bestselling novel, The Prophets. A stirring and lyrical debut, it tells the love story between two enslaved men, and the endurance of their relationship amid increasing tensions and violence on the plantation where they live. Jones, Jr. will be joined in conversation with fellow New York Times-bestselling author of Black BuckMateo Askaripour.

This digital event will start at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Presented in collaboration with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.

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ASL interpretive services are provided by ProBono ASL.

Robert Jones Jr. headshotNew York Times-bestselling author Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of the social justice, social media community Son of Baldwin, which has over 275,000 members across platforms. The Prophets is his debut novel.

Mateo Askaripour headshotMateo Askaripour’s work aims to empower people of color to seize opportunities for advancement, no matter the obstacle. He was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves” and reps the Rhode Island Writers Colony to the fullest. His debut novel Black Buck was an instant New York Times bestseller and a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @AskMateo.

About Strand Book Store

Located on 12th and Broadway in New York City, the Strand Book Store is a family-owned, iconic literary destination with more than 90 years of history and 18 miles of books to prove it. Its events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative authors. Its unparalleled inventory of 2.5 million new, used, and rare books and locally designed totes, gifts, and apparel makes it easy and exciting to get lost in the stacks.

About Scripps Presents

Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between. Based at Scripps College, Scripps Presents provides a forum the Claremont Colleges and audiences across Southern California to engage with eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with the thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passions and perspectives are changing the way we see the world.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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