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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
Marlon James recommends
Temple Folk (2023)
Aaliyah Bilal
"Temple Folk is a remarkable debut that does many things at once. It opens the door to a people we barely know, yet opens our eyes to the struggles that make us all human. People surprise and they disappoint. They stumble spiritually and soar morally. They love with all they have and lose all they've got. Put between faith and family, duty and self, Temple folk live through all the ties that bind and break."
Promise (2023)
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"This is a magical, magnificent novel that amounts to a secret history of an America we think we know but never really knew, where girls reckon with the beauty and terror of girlhood, mortal Black bodies reckon with immortal Black souls, while America reckons with the terror of its beastly, bloody self. The result bowls us over with shock and grief, but eventually fills our hearts with awe and wonder."
Ink Blood Sister Scribe (2023)
Emma Törzs
"Follow where this novel leads and you will be lost in a bewitching spell, a book of magic about books of magic, and the people who reel from reading them. Go beyond the magic and you're left with a heartbreaking tale of family where truth blurs with lies, and blood isn't thick enough. A bold, new novel from an extraordinary new voice."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Marlon James
Bronx Noir (2007)
(Akashic Noir)
edited by
S J Rozan
Iron Balloons (2006)
Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop
edited by
Colin Channer

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

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