Jamaican-born author, Marlon James, has been hailed as a pioneer on the list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2019 by TIME Magazine.
James, 48, became one of the most important voices of his literary generation since receiving the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. The book Iwas 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. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His latest critically-acclaimed book, 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf', is a fantastical vision of ancient Africa that has been likened to "Game of Thrones."
Before migrating to the U.S.., James graduated from Wolmer's Boys' High School and the University of the West Indies with a degree in Language and Literature. In 2006, he obtained a creative writing degree from Wilkes University.
Contributed by: Paulari L.