Marlon James (2015 Fireside Reading Series)
Novelist Marlon James kicks off the series with a reading from his new book, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Described by the New York Times as “sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex,” James’ new book uses the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley as a springboard to explore Jamaican society and culture. James teaches creative writing and English at Macalester College in Saint Paul.
Update: A Brief History of Seven Killings went on to win the Minnesota Book Award for Novel and Short Story, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. It is also on the long list for the Man Booker Prize.