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Marlon James discusses "A Brief History of Seven Killings"

Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Hartford and Real Art Ways.

Author Marlon James will discuss his new novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which has just been published to universal acclaim. 

The New York Times says:

"How to describe Marlon James’s monumental new novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings”?

It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s 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 — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.

 “Brief History” uses the story of the 1976 assassination attempt on Marley as a kind of trampoline, bouncing off that terrible event into a multilayered, choral inquiry into Jamaican politics and poverty, into race and class, and into the volatile relationship between the United States and the Caribbean. Spanning several decades, the novel attempts to trace connections between the gang wars in the Kingston ghettos, C.I.A. efforts to destabilize a left-wing Jamaican government in the 1970s and even the crack epidemic in America in the 1980s."

About Marlon James

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist, who has been teaching English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007. He is the author of The Book of Night Women (2010), a novel about a slave woman's revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century. This work won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. His earlier novel, John Crow’s Devil (2005), was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

His third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, has just been published. James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he earned a degree in Literature (1991). Subsequently, he did his Master's in Creative Writing from Wilkes University (2006).

Followed by a book sale & signing.

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.

Christmas CLUE Tours!

Friday, December 12, Tours step off every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations required.

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn??? Any why during the holidays??? Play our live-action version of the classic game CLUE in the Mark Twain House. Was it Becky Thatcher with the revolver in the Conservatory? The Prince (or was it the Pauper?) with the knife in the library? This hour long tour features SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects and all the murder, mayhem and merriment one would expect from Sam Clemens!

Featured on the Travel Channel show "Wackiest Tours!"

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tours step off every 15 minutes. Reservations required.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 280-3130 for more information & ticketing or click here.

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