Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. His second novel, The Book Of Night Women, a New York Times Editor’s Choice has been released to widespread critical acclaim. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir and Silent Voices, and his nonfiction in the Caribbean Review of Books. Currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, he divides his time between Jamaica, New York City and the Twin Cities.