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Award-Winning Jamaican Author Marlon James on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

From his first novel being rejected 70 times before it was published to becoming the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize, Marlon James has been on quite a journey. Ruth Copland talks to him about his life, art and new fantasy book 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'.

To listen to the interview click here Marlon James | It's A Question of Balance (Broadcast 16 Feb).

If you enjoy the interview you can meet Marlon James in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday February 18th at 7PM. He'll answer questions and sign his new fantasy book Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

Marlon James is a professor and award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings explores several decades of Jamaican history around the time of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley. It won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women is about a slave woman’s revolt on a Jamaican plantation in the nineteenth century. It won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Originally from Jamaica, Marlon currently divides his time between New York and Minnesota where he is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul teaching English and creative writing. Marlon’s latest book is the first in the Dark Star Trilogy and is called Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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