Weds 14th October

Marlon James 

Date: 14th October 2020
Time: 8pm
Venue: Facebook

Writing on the Wall are proud to announce Man Booker Prize-winner, Jamaican writer Marlon James who will be joining us from America to discuss his new, Africa-inspired breath-taking saga of adventure Black Leopard, Red WolfMarlon's novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, a fictionalised account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1976 and its aftermath, won the Man Booker Prize in 2015.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf following the story of Tracker, the skilled and infamous hunter, who’s engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three year earlier. Journey through ancient cities, through dense forests, across deep rivers in this richly detailed and fantastic new adventure. Discussing his life, and his work, Marlon will be joined by award-winning writer Irenosen Okojie.

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction. His first novel John Crow’s Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Marlon divides his time between Minnesota and New York. 


Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular (Jacaranda Books) was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories Nudibranch published by Little Brown's Dialogue Books was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction for her story, Grace Jones. 


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