Marlon James

in Conversation with Ian Williams

Marlon James


(price does not include service charge)

General Admission:

Youth (under 30):

Sunday, February 17
7:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

“Sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzingly complex.” —The New York Times

Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James captivates the literary world with his unique style, most recently showcased in the internationally-lauded A Brief History of Seven Killings.

On February 17, James speaks with author and UBC Creative Writing Instructor, Ian Williams, about his anticipated new epic novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, just days after its official launch.

Combining African history, mythology and his own rich imagination, James’ deeply involving novel is an immersive saga of adventure, described as an addictive page-turner; “a literary event that’s great fun to read.” It’s also the first novel in James’ Dark Star trilogy.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf  follows Tracker: a hunter engaged by a mysterious slave trader to track down a boy who disappeared three years earlier. He breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to find the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. As Tracker follows the boy’s scent—from one ancient city to the next, through dense forests and across deep rivers—the band is set upon by creatures intent on destroying Tracker and his cohorts. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important question of all: who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about the creative process behind a new modern classic. 

Event Participants:

Marlon James

Marlon James is the 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 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 won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. A professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

Marlon James

Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. Williams completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto, mentored by George Elliot Clarke, and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. His first novel, Reproduction, launches in January.