[Blackstudies-l] Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James gives free reading Oct. 12 @ Cornell U

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Mon Oct 9 08:30:23 EDT 2017

lisaparavisini posted: " An announcement by Lynn Lauper for Cornell News.
Award-winning novelist and educator Marlon Jameswill read from and discuss
his work Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium,
Klarman Hall. The reading is free and open to the"
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winner Marlon James gives free reading Oct. 12 @ Cornell U
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Marlon James, the 2015 Booker Prize winner. He is the first Jamaican to
have ever won the prize. Photographed at the Four Colman Getty offices,

An announcement by Lynn Lauper for *Cornell News*.

Award-winning novelist and educator Marlon James
<http://www.barclayagency.com/site/speaker/marlon-james>will read from and
discuss his work Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings
Auditorium, Klarman Hall.

The reading is free and open to the public as part of the Fall 2017 Barbara
& David Zalaznick Reading Series <http://english.cornell.edu/zalaznick>,
presented by the Cornell Department of English Creative Writing Program.
Books will be available for purchase from Buffalo Street Books, and a book
signing and free catered reception in the English Department Lounge, 258
Goldwin Smith Hall, will follow the reading.

James often speaks on the writing process, issues pertaining to the history
of the Caribbean, race and gender in the United States and the United
Kingdom, and youth subcultures as expressed in literature and music such as
hip-hop and reggae. In addition to acclaim for the exhilarating renderings
of history in his fiction, James made a video – “Are you racist? ‘No’ isn’t
a good enough answer
– that went viral and received millions of hits in early 2016. The first
book in his Dark Star Trilogy, a fantasy series set in African legend, will
be published in 2018.

In 2015, the epic novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings” made James the
first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the U.K.’s
most esteemed literary award. In the book, James explores Jamaican history
through the perspectives of multiple narrators to confront the untold
violent history of Jamaica in the 1970s – including an assassination
attempt on reggae musician Bob Marley and the country’s clandestine battles
during the Cold War. James is adapting the novel for an HBO television

He cites diverse influences on his writing including Greek tragedy, William
Faulkner, crime novelist James Ellroy, Shakespeare, Batman and the X-Men,
as he crosses and combines the political thriller, the oral biography and
the classic whodunit. The book also was a finalist for the National Book
Critics Circle Award and won the American Book Award, among other honors.

New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani said of “A Brief History of Seven
Killings”: “It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic,
over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense,
violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting – a testament
to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.”

His first novel, “John Crow’s Devil,” following a biblical struggle in a
remote Jamaican village in the 1950s, was rejected 70 times by publishers
and went on to become a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a finalist for
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Commonwealth Writers Prize. His
second, “The Book of Night Women,” about an early 19th-century slave
women’s revolt on a Jamaican plantation, was a National Book Critics Circle
Award and NAACP Image Award finalist.

His nonfiction has appeared in Esquire, Granta, Harper’s, The Caribbean
Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, James graduated from the University of
the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in language and literature, and
earned a master’s in creative writing in 2006 from Wilkes University in
Pennsylvania. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches English and creative
writing at Macalester College.

For more information about the event or accommodations to attend, email
lbl3 at cornell.edu or call 607-255-7847 <(607)%20255-7847>. English and
creative writing events can be found on the English Events
<http://english.cornell.edu/english-events> page.
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