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 non-fiction 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.