Marlon James’s Minnesota

By posted at 10:55 am on March 12, 2015 1

“In creative writing, I teach that characters arise out of our need for them. By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be. …Eight years after reaching the end of myself, I was on borrowed time. Whether it was in a plane or a coffin, I knew I had to get out of Jamaica.” Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women, which once gave me so much trouble, and whose novel A Brief History of Seven Killings the Book Report covered here, writes for the New York Times Magazine about leaving Jamaica to find himself in Minnesota.

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One Response to “Marlon James’s Minnesota”

  1. Ann McKinnon
    at 10:34 am on March 13, 2015

    Marlon is having a great year! Check out his Fireside Reading Series podcast: and if you’re in Minnesota, don’t miss the Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 18. Marlon’s book is a finalist!

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