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Booker Prize–winning novelist Marlon James to speak

By Jennifer Tisdale

The Ransom Center presents novelist Marlon James, author of the Booker Prize–winning A Brief History of Seven Killings.

James will speak about why he writes on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m in the university’s Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall. The event, a Harry Ransom Lecture sponsored by the University Co-op, is free and open to the public.

New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani described A Brief History of Seven Killings as “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting.” Other novels written by James include John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women.

Signed books will be available for purchase at the event.

Seating is limited and a line will form upon arrival of the first patron. Priority entry is available to members of the Ransom Center (one seat per membership card) who arrive by 5:50 p.m. Members arriving after 6 p.m. will join the general queue.

Marlon James. Photo by Jeffrey Skemp.
Marlon James. Photo by Jeffrey Skemp.

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