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Marlon James

Jamaica (b.1970)

Marlon James graduated from The University of the West Indies in 1991 with a B.A in Literature, and Wilkes University in 2006 with an M.A. in Creative Writing. At Wilkes he was awarded Norman Mailer's Norris Church Mailer Scholarship for Creative Writing. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons (2006), Bronx Noir (2007) and Silent Voices (2007) for which he received a Pushcart Prize nomination. His non-fiction has appeared in the Caribbean Review of Books.

He has taught at the Calabash International Literary Festival Workshop in Kingston Jamaica for two years. More recently he has taught at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City and was a judge for the PEN Beyond Margins Award.

Genres: Fantasy, Literary Fiction
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2015) : A Brief History of Seven Killings
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2016) : A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James recommends
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Here Comes the Sun (2016)
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"A debut that stuns at every turn."
Into the Sun (2016)
Deni Ellis Béchard
"Bechard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story."
The Changeling (2017)
Victor LaValle
"A dark fairy tale of New York, full of magic and loss, myth and mystery, love and madness. The Changeling is a mesmerizing, monumental work."
Kintu (2017)
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"A soaring and sublime epic."
So Many Islands (2017)
Nicholas Laughlin
"Here are stories that don't shatter taboos so much as ignore them in the first place."
Cut Guavas (2018)
Robert Antoni
"Antoni isn't writing literature with Cut Guuavas. He's cutting it open, sinking under the skin, pumping new blood into the veins, and shaping it into unimaginable forms."
Around Harvard Square (2019)
C J Farley
"Wry, sly, and ferociously funny, Around Harvard Square is not just the satire Ivy League college life deserves, but the one it's been waiting for."
Riot Baby (2020)
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"Bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power."
Sharks in the Time of Saviours (2020)
Kawai Strong Washburn
"The novel you never knew you were waiting for. Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious debut."
Rainbow Milk (2020)
Paul Mendez
"The kind of novel you never knew you were waiting for. An explosive work that reels from sex, to sin, to salvation all the while grappling with what it means to black, gay, British, a son, a father, a lover, even a man. A remarkable debut."
Missionaries (2020)
Phil Klay
"If Redeployment was about what happened when we ship wars abroad, then Missionaries is what happens when war comes roaring right back. Expansive, explosive, and epic."

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