Episode 5: Marlon James with a reading from Beth Gilstrap

In this episode we are joined by novelist Marlon James, winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. Later, we get a featured reading from author Beth Gilstrap.


About the Guests:

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.

Beth Gilstrap is the author of  I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) available from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura, (forthcoming 2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. She also wrangles stories as Fiction Editor of Little Fiction. Born and raised in North Carolina, she spent most of her time barefoot, climbing trees, learning to cook, and making up stories. Though she hasn’t climbed a tree in a while, she still cooks and writes as much as she can. She has been awarded several residencies including a stint at Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for ideas, nature, and the written word. Her work has appeared in Quiddity, Ambit, The Minnesota Review, Literary Orphans, and Synaesthesia Magazine, among others. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and enough rescue pets to make life interesting.


Music for today's show provided by:

3 | Katy Kirby | CC BY 4.0

Always The Teasmade, Never The Tease | Doctor Turtle | CC BY 4.0

Effects of Elevation | Revolution Void | CC BY 3.0

The Politics of Desire | Revolution Void | CC BY 3.0

Stage Theory (Beats vol. 3) | C. Scott | CC BY 3.0