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PEN America Winter 2017 Author’s Evening with Marlon James & Colum McCann

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You are invited to a private dinner with writers Marlon James & Colum McCann.

The dinner will be hosted by Jonathan Barton and Amanda Foreman at The Century Association on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

This Author’s Evening is a celebration of their most recent books: A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James), and Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice (Colum McCann).  The event coincides with their involvement in this year’s PEN America World Voices Festival where Marlon and Colum will participate in the following events: Insistent Tongues: Queer World Voices and United Against Hate.

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 BookJames 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. 

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty languages. He has been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was the inaugural winner of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. 

Seating at this dinner is limited and available by making a donation to PEN America.

Please contact Florencia Varela at fvarela@pen.org for more information.

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