Segment 4 of a Dick Staub interview.. This interview is as much an exploration of the challenges for writers these days as it is about the national book award winning "The Known World." Edward Jones knew he could write"Before "The Known World" his only published work was "Lost in the City," a collection of short stories nominated for the National Book Award. But like a lot of writers"he couldn't make a living off his writing and so he kept his day job until he got fired. With nothing better to do he took his final leap as a writer and wrote this amazing story of blacks who owned blacks in the antebellum South.