Marlon James

Marlon James

Marlon James is the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, making him the first Jamaican author to receive the U.K.’s most prestigious literary award.  A Brief History of Seven Killings also won the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  It was described by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times as “epic in every sense of that word:  sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex…a testament to Mr. James’ vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.”  He is also the author of two other award-winning novels, John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women.  Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he currently lives in Minneapolis, and teaches English at Macalester College.