New York Times Bestselling Novelist Joshilyn Jackson
to Give Talk at UWG

Joshilyn Jackson Author PhotoJoshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling novelist and two-time “Georgia Author of the Year” will speak on Wednesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the University of West Georgia’s Campus Center Ballroom. Her program entitled “Imagination = Empathy: a book talk with novelist Joshilyn Jackson,” will include commentary on her novel The Opposite of Everyone. The Opposite of Everyone is the University of West Georgia’s Multicultural Book Selection for Spring 2017. There will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the talk followed by a reception, book signing, and opportunity to meet the author. The public is invited and there is no admission fee.

The New York Times called The Opposite of Everyone, published in 2016, "a must read." Joshilyn Jackson’s seven novels have received accolades and awards on the national and regional levels and have been translated into a dozen languages.

As a native Southerner, Jackson writes from a perspective informed by her Southern roots and sensibility. In The Opposite of Everyone, she addresses themes of disenfranchisement, poverty, foster care, power and privilege as seen through the lens of a woman born into a chaotic family who through determination rises to become a top prosecutor. The novel is an ultimately uplifting look at broken people living within a dysfunctional system who seek to heal themselves through forgiveness and love.

Jackson currently divides her time between writing, speaking, and serving the greater community. Through her speaking, she works to build greater The Opposite of Everyone - Book Coverunderstanding among people of different life experiences. She works as a board member and volunteer teacher with a small non-profit called Reforming Arts, teaching literature and creative writing classes inside Lee Arrendale State Prison.

This program is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the University of West Georgia’s Presidential Commission on Campus Inclusion, Ingram Library, West Georgia Athletics, Housing and Residence Life, the Student Activities Council, the Center for Adult Learners and Veterans, and the College of Arts and Humanities. This program is supported by Horton’s Book Store and Underground Books.

Special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot, accessible from West Georgia Drive, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

For further information, visit or or contact Doris Kieh ( at (678) 839-5400 or Craig Schroer ( at (678) 839-6355.

(Images courtesy of Joshilyn Jackson)