TIME honours James

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Jamaican author Marlon James has been listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

James shares the honour with United States President Donald Trump, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, football star Mohamed Salah, golf player Tiger Woods, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

The 48-year-old author shared the news on Facebook yesterday with the caption: “So this happened.”

According to Time, James is “one of the most important voices of his literary generation. He speaks out out on race, literature, gay rights and whatever else is on his mind.”

A former student of Wolmer's Boys' School, James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. According to novelist Salman Rushdie, it is “highly original, its language surging with power, its imagination all-encompassing. Marlon is a writer who must be read.”

A teacher at Macalester College where he is writer-in-residence, his other books include John Crow's Devil, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and The Book of Night Women. The latter won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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