Arcadia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the Philadelphia Writers Conference Free Forum welcomes best-selling author and award-winning journalist Solomon Jones on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Jones’s talk, “True Lies: Confessions of a Daily News Novelist,” addresses how his reporting skills and experience inform his fiction writing, and how writers in any genre can use observations of real life to enhance their craft.
Jones began his professional writing career in 1993, penning articles for the Philadelphia Tribune while living at the Ridge Avenue Shelter. He graduated cum laude with a journalism B.A. from Temple University in 1997, and went on to be published in Essence, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Philadelphia Weekly. His first novel, Pipe Dream, was published in 2001 by Random House. His subsequent novels include The Bridge, Ride or Die, Cream, Payback, The Last Confession, and The Gravedigger’s Ball. His eighth novel, The Dead Man’s Wife, was published in October 2012 by St. Martin’s Press.