Kingston-born writer Marlon James has made waves with his first three novels. The Book of Night Women, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, takes an unflinching look at a grim and seldom-chronicled corner of history: the slave system of 19th-century Jamaica. His A Brief History of Seven Killings, published last month, focuses on a Jamaican drug cartel, and its maximalist tone has drawn comparisons to David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Tonight, see this promising author in conversation with one of his literary heroes, Salman Rushdie, who was named an NYPL “Library Lion” in 2008. Rushdie, always a mesmerizing public speaker, most recently published the memoir Joseph Anton, which recalls his life under the notorious fatwa that sent him into hiding for years. Expect a compelling talk that could cover themes as disparate as exile, political turmoil, and experimental fiction.
Mon., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2014