Anita Gail Jones
Anita Gail Jones is a multi-talented visual artist, professional storyteller, and writer who has made a name for herself with her debut novel, The Peach Seed. The book was named a top ten finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction in 2021, solidifying Jones’s status as a rising star in the literary world.
Jones is a master storyteller, having spent many years working as an artist-in-residence in San Francisco Bay Area schools. During this time, she combined oral histories, visual arts, and writing in K-12 workshops, honing her craft and perfecting her unique voice. Her experience and dedication paid off when an earlier version of The Peach Seed was named a Novella Semi-Finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
The Peach Seed is a moving exploration of the ways in which families pass down legacies of sorrow, joy, and strength. It is a captivating parable of how even the smallest glimmer of hope can have a ripple effect across generations. The book has garnered much acclaim, including being featured among Essence Magazine’s “15 New Books We Can’t Wait To Read This Summer,” Elle Magazine’s “Books We’re Most Eager to Read for 2023,” and the “2024 Books All Georgians Should Read List” by Georgia Center for the Book.
Publishers Weekly hails her debut novel as “a layered saga of a Southern Black family that weaves stories of the slave trade and the 1960s civil rights movement,” while Elle Magazine describes it as “an epic, enchanting debut.”
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