Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf

THU, FEB 7, 2019 (1:02:02)

Author Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, meets fans at the Harvard Book Store for a discussion of his new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first book in a highly anticipated fantasy trilogy. Critic Lori Feathers gives praise and context to James’s latest work: “…while Black Leopard’s story takes place within various imagined African kingdoms, its myths, rituals and Patios-infused speech are that of the author’s native Jamaica. Many of Jamaica’s slaves came from Ghana, and they brought stories of the old ways and traditions of their Ashanti ancestors, notably the practice of sorcery (obeah) and witchcraft (myal), and the custom of female succession of tribal leaders. James uses this heritage to tremendous effect.”

+ BIO: Marlon James

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1991 he graduated from the University of the West Indies, where he read Language and Literature. He left Jamaica to escape homophobic violence and economic conditions that he felt would mean career stagnation. Compared to the early work of Cormac McCarthy and Toni Morrison, his first novel, John Crow’s Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His second novel, The Book of Night Women, was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award, The NAACP Image Award and won the Minnesota Book Award for Best Novel/Short Story. His 2014 novel, _A Brief History of Seven Killings_, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators. It won the fiction category of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, having been the first book by a Jamaican author ever to be shortlisted. He is the second Caribbean winner of the prize. James teaches English and creative writing at Macalester College. Follow Marlon James on Twitter.

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