Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings) discusses Akira Kurosawa's visionary masterpiece and its lasting influence on cinema, literature and popular culture, including James' own highly anticipated Dark Star trilogy.
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Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings (15), won the Man Booker Prize. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Fiction), the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award, and it was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women (10), which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil (05), 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.
Eleanor Wachtel is the host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, now in its 27th season. She also co-founded and hosts Wachtel on the Arts on IDEAS. Her most recent books are Random Illuminations, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award, and The Best of Writers & Company. Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life including eight honorary degrees and Officer of the Order of Canada.