Marlon James is the author, most recently, of A Brief History of Seven Killings, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2015. He teaches at Macalester College and lives between Minneapolis and New York.


A Caribbean Literary Renaissance

Marlon James and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro at the 2018 Key West Literary Seminar:

In recent years there’s been a renaissance in Caribbean letters. At this year’s Key West Literary Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean,” Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World (2016) and a regular contributor to the Review, interviewed Marlon James, the Jamaican novelist whose most recent book, A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014), a sprawling portrait of modern Jamaica told through the lens of a 1977 assassination attempt on the reggae legend Bob Marley, made James the first Caribbean writer since V.S. Naipaul to win the Man Booker Prize.