Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize


Last year, Marlon James released A Brief History of Seven Killings, a sprawling 700-page novel exploring Jamaican history, from the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley though the '90s. The book, which took about four years to write and is his third novel, went on to receive massive critical acclaim on a national level. James, who is originally from Jamaica and currently works as a professor at Macalester College, received the prestigious Man Booker prize last Tuesday night. He is the first Jamaican-born author to take the honor.

"I was so convinced I wasn't going to win I didn't write a speech, but I did carry a card," said James upon receiving his award from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Since the release of his third novel, James has gone to make an appearance on Light Night with Seth Meyers, where he told a tale of the time he and a bunch of fellow academics tried to break into Prince's compound. The appearance was followed by more exciting television-related news when it was announced that A Brief History of Seven Killings may be coming to cable soon, as James also has a development deal with HBO to bring the tale to the small screen.

James was also featured in a recent blog post in the Guardian online, where he named a few of his favorite things. Local downtown Minneapolis bar and restaurant Saffron made the cut, as did musician Jessica Pratt, Gabriel García Márquez's novel Of Love and Other Demons, and documentary The Jinx.