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The Novel of Human Rights, by James Dawes | Times Higher Education | September 27, 2018
English professor James Dawes' new book, "The Novel of Human Rights," is reviewed in this article. "In an age of clickbait and easy outrage, "The Novel of Human Rights" is a welcome example of slow reading, hard thinking and the value of reality-testing in dire political times. Dawes teaches at Macalester, a liberal arts college which, like Bard College, was one of the first higher education institutions in the United States to embed the teaching of human rights within a humanities curriculum."
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11 weeks ago by macalestercollege
Review: 'Life of Miracles Along the Yangtze and Mississippi,' by Wang Ping | Star Tribune | September 14, 2018
Macalester English professor and poet Wang Ping examines connections between the people of two powerful rivers: the Yangtze and the Mississippi.
macnews  English  macfaculty  Mississippi  Yangtze  memoir  piper 
september 2018 by macalestercollege
'House of Tomorrow' screening was special community experience for North Branch | Chisago County Press | August 15, 2018
The movie is from the book of the same name, by St. Paul author and Macalester English professor Peter Bognanni.
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august 2018 by macalestercollege
Clara Ueland: Minnesota suffragist, lifelong women's rights activist | MinnPost | August 13, 2018
Elizabeth Loetscher '19 is a student at Macalester where she studies English. She wrote this article.
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august 2018 by macalestercollege
Buckingham Palace celebrates 50 years of Man Booker Prize | The Bookseller | July 6, 2018
Publishers and past winners, including English professor Marlon James, joined the Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 50 years of the Man Booker Prize.
macfaculty  English  ManBookerPrize  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings 
july 2018 by macalestercollege
Minnesota novelist Marlon James offers peek at new series he calls 'African Game of Thrones' | Star Tribune | June 13, 2018
English professor Marlon James described his new series as "an African 'Game of Thrones,'" and even though the first book won't be published until February 2019, the buzz is already starting.
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june 2018 by macalestercollege
Star Ellen Burstyn brought a personal touch to Minnesota-made movie | Star Tribune | May 29, 2018
For his first feature film, director/screenwriter Peter Livolsi chose to bring his stars, Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman, to a classic Minnesota small town, Chisago County’s North Branch. The film is inspired by the 2010 young adult bestseller “The House of Tomorrow” by Peter Bognanni, a Macalester College English professor.
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may 2018 by macalestercollege
Minnesota-based 'House of Tomorrow' is a home for introspection today | Star Tribune | May 24, 2018
The adaptation of English professor Peter Bognanni’s novel exudes charm and genuine emotions. Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert gave it four out of four stars.
macnews  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  novel  review  film 
may 2018 by macalestercollege
'House of Tomorrow,' about a teenager raised in a dome, hits the screen | MPR News | May 24, 2018
Recently, St. Paul novelist and English professor Peter Bognanni got to see the film adaptation of his novel "The House of Tomorrow" screen in theaters. They shot the film in North Branch, just north of the Twin Cities, and Bognanni spent a lot of time on set. He's working on more films, he said, and on a novel based on his experiences tearing tickets at the now-demolished Oak Street movie theater in Minneapolis. It's due out next year.
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may 2018 by macalestercollege
‘Dome home’/punk rock movie filmed in Minnesota | Pioneer Press | May 22, 2018
“The House of Tomorrow,” which was partly filmed in Minnesota in 2016, stars Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman and Asa Butterfield, and is based on a novel by Macalester grad/English professor Peter Bognanni ‘01. A coming-of-age drama about a kid, his grandmother, his new pal and the relationships all of them have with theorist R. Buckminster Fuller and with punk music, “Tomorrow” is set in and around North Branch.
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may 2018 by macalestercollege
Ellen Burstyn on ‘House of Tomorrow,’ bad horror movies and why #MeToo is 'the biggest thing that's happened in my life' | Newsweek | April 27, 2018
When Ellen Burstyn was a rising movie star in the 1970s, she struck up an unlikely friendship with the eccentric architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller, who was then in his 70s. So it was a fortuitous coincidence when Burstyn, now 85, was asked to appear in the film, "The House of Tomorrow," based on English professor Peter Bognanni’s novel of the same name.
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april 2018 by macalestercollege
Punk rock blows teen's mind in 'The House of Tomorrow' | Los Angeles Times | April 26, 2018
Writer/director Peter Livolsi's directorial debut "The House of Tomorrow," adapted from English professor Peter Bognanni's novel, uses the philosophy and beliefs of architect, designer, inventor and geodesic dome enthusiast Buckminster Fuller as the backdrop of a coming-of-age story soundtracked to classic punk. The film opens in the Twin Cites May 25th. The Macalester connection continues with the film's producer, alumnus Tarik Karam, who graduated in 2001.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  movie  YA  classof2001 
april 2018 by macalestercollege
'House of Tomorrow' Chronicles Coming of Age in Buckminster Fuller Dome | Architectural Record | April 26, 2018
A feature film based on a young adult novel is undoubtedly an abnormal place for an architecture conversation. But a teen-driven coming-of-age movie and its YA source material? Certainly among the last places you’d expect to find the influence of Buckminster Fuller. And yet, here’s "The House of Tomorrow," writer-director Peter Livolsi’s adaptation of English professor Peter Bognanni’s 2010 book, now in limited release, and opening in the Twin Cites May 25th. The Macalester connection continues with the film's producer, alumnus Tarik Karam, who graduated in 2001.
macfaculty  TheHouseofTomorrow  movie  YA  English  classof2001 
april 2018 by macalestercollege
New Release: Director Peter Livolsi's Talks 'The House of Tomorrow' | FORBES | April 20, 2018
English professor Peter Bognanni's book, "The House of Tomorrow," is a coming of age story about friendship, punk, health — and futurist Buckminster Fuller. The film is written and directed by Peter Livolsi and adapted from the eponymous book by Bognanni. It follows Sebastian, a sheltered teen who lives with his grandmother, inside a geodesic dome. The film opens in the Twin Cites May 25th.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  movie  Film 
april 2018 by macalestercollege
Writers@Grinnell: Marlon James | The Scarlet & Black | April 5, 2018
English professor Marlon James was Grinnell's distinguished author this year for Writers@Grinnell. He spoke with a reporter from the student newspaper, "The Scarlet & Black," about writing and reading.
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april 2018 by macalestercollege
Minnesota authors Marlon James, Emily Fridlund win American Academy awards | Star Tribune | March 20, 2018
Eight writers, including St. Paul novelist and Macalester English professor Marlon James, have won Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards celebrate "exceptional accomplishment in literature" and are worth $10,000 each. The awards ceremony will take place in New York in May.
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march 2018 by macalestercollege
Watch Asa Butterfield go punk in exclusive House of Tomorrow trailer | Entertainment Weekly | March 7, 2018
The revolution will not be televised — it’ll be on movie screens. At least that’s the semi-premise at work in the new film "The House of Tomorrow," starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman, based on English professor Peter Bognanni’s best-selling novel of the same name.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  Author  book  Film 
march 2018 by macalestercollege
A Caribbean Literary Renaissance | The New York Review of Books | March 1, 2018
In January, the Key West Literary Seminar—a yearly gathering that has since 1982 brought leading writers to Key West for three days of public conversations and readings around a particular theme—was for the first time in its history organized around a geographic region, and its theme was “Writers of the Caribbean.” Two of the participants were author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and English professor Marlon James. Jelly-Schapiro interviewed James about the development of his work, his new novel, and what will come next.
macfaculty  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  Jamaica  Author  English 
march 2018 by macalestercollege
Man Booker winner Marlon James maps and charts his epic plots | Calgary Herald | February 24, 2018
When English Professor Marlon James is working on a novel, he sets up what he calls a “writers’ room of one.” It is where he maps it all out, weaving what is usually a complicated web of characters, settings, voices and scenarios. The room can get cluttered in a hurry. James will be giving a talk as the 2018 University of Calgary Distinguished Visiting Writer.
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february 2018 by macalestercollege
Premiere boards Asa Butterfield dramedy 'The House Of Tomorrow' | ScreenDaily | February 15, 2018
LA-based Premiere Entertainment Group arrives in Berlin with international rights to coming-of-age tale "The House Of Tomorrow" starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman. English Professor Peter Bognanni wrote the novel and Tarik Karam '01 was one of the producers. The film opens in April.
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february 2018 by macalestercollege
Minnesota Book Awards finalists announced | Pioneer Press | January 27, 2018
Macalester did well. Bao Phi '97, finalist in two categories — children’s literature and poetry; Amy Thielen '97, finalist in the memoir & creative nonfiction category; and English Professor Peter Bognanni, finalist in the youth adult literature category.
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january 2018 by macalestercollege
Minnesota Book Award finalists include Bao Phi, Louise Erdrich, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Steve Sack | Star Tribune | January 27, 2018
Macalester is well-represented: Bao Phi '97, finalist in two categories — poetry and children's literature; Amy Thielen '97, finalist in memoir & creative nonfiction category; and English Professor Peter Bognanni, finalist in young adult literature. The winners will be announced April 21 at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala. Earlier this month, Phi won the prestigious Charlotte Zolotow Award for “A Different Pond,” named best picture book published in the country.
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january 2018 by macalestercollege
Final 'Maze Runner' kicks off a busy year of young-adult movie adaptations | USA Today | January 24, 2018
Several young adult movies and franchises are opening this year, and one of them is based on English Professor Peter Bognanni's book, "The House of Tomorrow." The film, of the same name opening April 20, is about a teen raised under a dome who forms a punk band with his rebellious friend. It stars, Asa Butterfield, Ellen Burstyn, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, and Nick Offerman.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  film  youngadult 
january 2018 by macalestercollege
Poet Kevin Young and author Marlon James to be in conversation at the Loft | Star Tribune | January 16, 2018
Poet and essayist Kevin Young, author of the nonfiction book, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News," will be in conversation with Man Booker Prize winning writer and English Professor Marlon James in Minneapolis on March 19, at the Loft Literary Center. Tickets are available through the Loft website.
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january 2018 by macalestercollege
Marlon James reflects on race and police in 2017 | MPR News | December 18, 2017
This past weekend marked six months since police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Philando Castile. When Minnesota author and Macalester English Professor Marlon James heard the news, he voiced his frustration in a Facebook post that went viral. Six months later, James joined MPR News host Tom Weber to reflect on police and racism in the U.S.
macfaculty  English  Author  police  racism 
december 2017 by macalestercollege
Asa Butterfield Movie ‘The House of Tomorrow’ Lands at Shout! Studios | The Wrap | November 14, 2017
Shout! Studios has acquired North American rights to “The House of Tomorrow,” a coming-of-age feature starring Asa Butterfield, Nick Offerman and Ellen Burstyn and will launch the film theatrically on April 20, 2018. It’s based on the best-selling novel by English professor Peter Bognanni, was written and directed by Peter Livolsi, and premiered earlier this year at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
macfaculty  TheHouseofTomorrow  Film  English 
november 2017 by macalestercollege
Read beyond your comfort zone: Titles to stretch your mind | MPR | November 3, 2017
MPR News host Kerri Miller invited three avid readers into the studio to talk about how adults can read beyond their comfort zones and read without walls. One of those invited was Anitra Budd, a visiting assistant professor in English, and one of the books recommended was "Black Lives Matter" by American Studies Professor Duchess Harris and Sue Bradford Edwards.
macnews  macfaculty  English  reading  AmericanStudies  BlackLivesMatter  Books 
november 2017 by macalestercollege
Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in "Saturday at the Starlight" | Variety | October 30, 2017
Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards, and Michael Madsen are starring in the independent comedy “Saturday at the Starlight,” currently shooting in Los Angeles. Jake Disch '08 co-wrote the screenplay and is mentioned in this article.
macalumni  Classof2008  Theater  English  movie  Film  screenplay 
october 2017 by macalestercollege
A Conversation with Marlon James | Booth, Butler University | October 20, 2017
An interview with the Macalester English professor whose last book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," won the Man Booker Prize in 2015.
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october 2017 by macalestercollege
Interview: Peter Bognanni on “Things I’m Seeing Without You” | The Young Folks | October 2, 2017
An interview with English professor Peter Bognanni re his new book, “Things I’m Seeing Without You.”
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october 2017 by macalestercollege
St. Paul writer's second novel was a big surprise | Star Tribune | September 29, 2017
English professor Peter Bognanni's second novel, "Things I'm Seeing Without You," morphed from a book for adults into one for teens almost against his will. Bognanni graduated from Macalester in 2001.
macnews  English  ThingsImSeeingWithoutYou  YA  Author  book  classof2001 
september 2017 by macalestercollege
Macalester professor Marlon James inks Amazon deal with Beyonce's buddy | Star Tribune | September 27, 2017
Marlon James is going Hollywood. The Macalester College English professor has just signed a deal to bring his "A Brief History of Seven Killings" to Amazon Prime -- and he's teaming up with a big gun. Melina Matsoukas, best known for directing Beyonce's "Formation" and several episodes of "Master of None," will serve alongside James as an executive producer.
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september 2017 by macalestercollege
'Insecure' Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios | The Hollywood Reporter | September 25, 2017
Macalester English prof. Marlon James' Man Booker Prize-wining book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," is being developed for Amazon Studios as a series. James will write the script and executive produce.
macfaculty  English  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  AmazonStudios 
september 2017 by macalestercollege
Six Fantasy Series That Could Become the Next Game of Thrones | TIME | August 29, 2017
One of the six, described as an "African Game of Thrones," is the latest from English professor Marlon James. The first novel, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," is expected next fall.
macfaculty  author  English  BlackLeopardRedWolf  book 
august 2017 by macalestercollege
The case for and against autonomous weapon systems | Nature Human Behaviour | August 21, 2017
The development of autonomous weapon systems, by removing the human element of warfare, could make war crimes and atrocities a thing of the past. But if these systems are unable to respect the principles of humanitarian law, we might create a super-intelligent predator that is beyond our control. English professor James Dawes penned this opinion piece.
macnews  weaponsystems  warfare  English 
august 2017 by macalestercollege
A Writer On Being A Black Man In Minnesota | NPR | June 25, 2017
NPR asked English professor Marlon James about racism and being a black man in Minnesota. James's essay on the subject, "Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller," has been widely shared.
macfaculty  English  BeingBlackinMinnesota  Facebook  racism  author 
june 2017 by macalestercollege
Author Marlon James offers biting critique of Minnesota racism after Philando Castile case | Washington Post | June 20, 2017
Nearly two years ago, “Marlon James Day” was celebrated in Minnesota, a special honor bestowed on the Jamaican-born Minneapolis author and Macalester English professor who had just won the prestigious Man Booker Prize — Britain’s top literary honor — for “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” Last weekend, James took to Facebook to voice his frustrations about racism in Minnesota as a “big, black guy” who has lived in the state for a decade. His essay was titled “Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller.” The Pioneer Press reprinted this article.
macnews  macfaculty  English  racism  BeingBlackinMinnesota  author  Facebook 
june 2017 by macalestercollege
Read this: Marlon James on race and racism in Minnesota | GoMN | June 19, 2017
Acclaimed Minnesota author and Macalester English professor Marlon James published a Facebook post that’s worth reading – about being black in Minnesota.
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june 2017 by macalestercollege
Marlon James writes about being 'big,' black and Minnesotan in the age of Philando Castile | CityPages | June 19, 2017
English professor Marlon James is more famous outside Minnesota than in it. This is by design. In a Facebook post, James tries to slice holes in the veil so many Minnesotans use to view race, justice, and themselves. James never spells out the name Philando Castile, but the essay reads like a bleak obituary. Not for Castile himself, but for a way of feeling about a place.
macnews  macfaculty  racism  Facebook  Author  English  BeingBlackinMinnesota 
june 2017 by macalestercollege
Author Marlon James critiques Minnesota racism with viral Facebook post | Star Tribune | June 19, 2017
With more than 1,000 likes (and various other emoticons) and nearly 200 shares, a thoughtful and sobering Facebook post by Twin Cities writer and Macalester English professor Marlon James is going viral. James writes eloquently in the wake of the Jeronimo Yanez trial about what it is like to be black in Minnesota.
macnews  macfaculty  English  Author  Facebook  racism  BeingBlackinMinnesota 
june 2017 by macalestercollege
The House of Tomorrow: Buckminster Fuller and the Science of Sustainable Design | World Science Festival | May 8, 2017
English professor Peter Bognanni's book, "The House of Tomorrow," is now a movie and will be shown at the World Science Festival in New York City later this month.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  book  film 
may 2017 by macalestercollege
A high wind in Jamaica: Novelist Marlon James | Santa Fe New Mexican | May 5, 2017
A review of English professor Marlon James's "A Brief History of Seven Killings," profile and mention of his upcoming talk.
macnews  English  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  ManBookerPrize  Author 
may 2017 by macalestercollege
Notable Minnesotans share impressions, memories in Super Bowl series | Star Tribune | May 4, 2017
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is posting videos of Minnesotans weekly, leading up to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in February 2018. In all, there will be 52, one whom is English professor Marlon James.
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may 2017 by macalestercollege
For women, 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a terrifying warning about 'traditional values' | Star Tribune | April 25, 2017
English professor and chair Daylanne English was quoted re the new Hulu TV series from Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel. Students at Macalester, many of whom grew up on “The Hunger Games,” are fascinated with apocalyptic texts, said English, who teaches “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a popular course called Ecstasy and Apocalypse: Literature of the Extreme.
macnews  macfaculty  TheHandmaid'sTale  tvseries  English  book 
april 2017 by macalestercollege
Punk Meets Philosophy in 'The House of Tomorrow' | Pop Matters | April 17, 2017
This is a movie that shines from moment to moment, with every scene offering something special on its own. This is mostly thanks to the terrific cast: all of the actors have terrific chemistry. English prof. Peter Bognanni wrote the book, "The House of Tomorrow," upon which the movie is based.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  film  book 
april 2017 by macalestercollege
Beyond 'Oz': Five other American works that shaped our culture | Star Tribune | April 12, 2017
Not convinced that L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is the most influential work of American literature? James Dawes, an English professor at Macalester College, offers five other contenders.
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april 2017 by macalestercollege
Film Review: 'The House of Tomorrow' | Variety | April 8, 2017
The sudden influence of outside stimulus helps a teen break free from his domineering grandmother, a well-meaning devotee of Buckminster Fuller. The film, based on English professor Peter Bognanni's book of the same name, debuted at the San Francisco Film Festival.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  book  film 
april 2017 by macalestercollege
Bucky Fuller meets Hollywood stars and tacos at film fest | San Francisco Chronicle | April 9, 2017
The recurring theme of the evening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, April 8, was magical confluence, as the cast and crew of “The House of Tomorrow” answered audience questions after the film’s world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film is based on English professor Peter Bognanni's book. Set against the backdrop of the legacy of famous architect and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, the film combines unlikely narrative pieces to form a funny, heartwarming coming-of-age story.
macfaculty  film  TheHouseofTomorrow  English  book 
april 2017 by macalestercollege
Marlon James in conversation: "All the people I believe in believe in books." | Star Tribune | April 7, 2017
English prof Marlon James and executive director of the Loft Literary Center Lisa Lucas were recently at the Guthrie Theater discussing everything related to books.
macnews  English  LoftLiteraryCenter  Books 
april 2017 by macalestercollege
My North | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine | March 2017
Nearly a decade ago Marlon James moved from Jamaica to Minnesota for a teaching appointment at Macalester College. Today, the 2015 Man Booker Prize-winning author of “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a bonafide literary superstar but chooses to stay in Minneapolis because the city inspired the sense of openness and potential that allowed him to write his breakout novel in the first place. This is one of 52 stories to Minnesota from notable Minnesotans. Hear from tastemakers and stylemakers. Artists and athletes. Authors and entertainers. These are their odes to the state they love.
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march 2017 by macalestercollege
To understand perpetrators, we must care about them | open Democracy | March 22, 2017
Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how regular people transform into monsters. English professor James Dawes wrote this opinion.
macnews  macfaculty  English  EvilMen  perpetrators  empathy 
march 2017 by macalestercollege
The House of Tomorrow | San Francisco Film Festival | March 15, 2017
English professor Peter Bognanni's novel, "The House of Tomorrow," has been made into a film and will have its premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 8th. The plot: When a sheltered teen named Sebastian meets an aspiring punk rocker and falls for the boy's older sister, the stage is set for a comedy that tackles matters of friendship, young love and musical dreams.
macfaculty  English  TheHouseofTomorrow  Film  book 
march 2017 by macalestercollege
See the gorgeous watercolor cover for Things I'm Seeing Without You -- and read an excerpt | Entertainment Weekly | March 3, 2017
An article about and excerpt from English professor Peter Bognanni’s highly-anticipated novel, "Things I’m Seeing Without You," which hits the shelves Sept. 26.
macfaculty  English  ThingsImSeeingWithoutYou  novel  Author 
march 2017 by macalestercollege
Author Marlon James Connects Fiction and History at Athanaeum | The Student Life | February 3, 2017
Jamaican novelist and Macalester English professor Marlon James filled Claremont McKenna College's Marion Miner Cook Athenaeum with his discussion of the interconnections between fiction and history and how the line between fact and narrative is more blurred than we know, in novels as well as the world we live in today.
macnews  English  macfaculty  novelist 
february 2017 by macalestercollege
Marlon James' 'African Games of Thrones' trilogy to Hamish Hamilton | The Bookseller | February 2, 2017
Hamish Hamilton has won the rights to publish English professor Marlon James’ new literary fantasy trilogy, dubbed the “African Game of Thrones”, in the UK. "The Dark Star Trilogy," described as a "dazzlingly ambitious” new project from the Man Booker-prize winner, will be a trio of literary fantasy novels informed by African myth and heritage while exploring the nature of power, identity and truth itself.
macfaculty  English  TheDarkStarTrilogy  book  Author  ManBookerPrize 
february 2017 by macalestercollege
An interview with Marlon James: Details on his new fantasy trilogy | MPR | January 26, 2017
At the moment, Marlon James is steeped in African myths, magical realism — and the comic book "Thor." In his Minneapolis office, the author is at work on his next project, "The Dark Star" trilogy, about a band of mercenaries locked away in a dungeon after a mission gone wrong. James, Macalester College's writer-in-residence, is best known for his dazzling and brutal novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," which took home the Man Booker Prize two years ago.
macnews  English  Author  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  macfaculty 
january 2017 by macalestercollege
Marlon James reveals first details of African fantasy trilogy | The Guardian | January 11, 2017
The opening volume of the Dark Star fantasy trilogy is due in 2018 and will be the Macalester English professor's first book since his 2015 Booker winner "A Brief History of Seven Killings."
macfaculty  English  ManBookerPrize  TheDarkStarTrilogy  fantasy  author 
january 2017 by macalestercollege
African Game of Thrones? Marlon James Is on It | GQ | January 11, 2017
The Man Booker Prize winner and English professor embraces his inner geek in a new trilogy of fantasy books.
macfaculty  English  ManBookerPrize  TheDarkStarTrilogy  author  fantasy 
january 2017 by macalestercollege
Marlon James announces Dark Star fantasy trilogy: 'I hope 12-year-olds read this book' | Entertainment Weekly | January 10, 2017
The next project for English prof. Marlon James — the Man Booker Prize-winning author of 2014’s "A Brief History of Seven Killings" — is an epic fantasy trilogy to be published by Riverhead Books. Titled "The Dark Star Trilogy," the three novels (Black Leopard, Red Wolf; Moon Witch, Night Devil; The Boy and the Dark Star) follow three characters — the Tracker, the Moon Witch, and the Boy.
macfaculty  English  Author  fantasy  ManBookerPrize  TheDarkStarTrilogy 
january 2017 by macalestercollege
Eight Creative People Recommend Their Favorite Classic Books | New York Times | December 19, 2016
Despite the influx of new things to read this holiday season, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a classic. Every week, creative people share the 10 titles they would most want with them if they were marooned on a desert island — a part of the editor Aaron Hicklin’s ongoing project Here, eight recommend the classics that have stuck with them. One of the eight is English professor and Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.
macfaculty  English  ManBookerPrize  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  books 
december 2016 by macalestercollege
Fiction fan with a thing for medieval history and fantasy | Boston Globe | November 24, 2016
English professor Marlon James became the first Jamaican-born author to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2015 with his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” The author, however, left Jamaica 10 years ago to teach English at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he’s yet to adjust to the winters. “No one does, not even the people who live here,” he said.
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november 2016 by macalestercollege
Marlon James is named Macalester writer-in-residence | MinnPost | November 22, 2016
Macalester College English professor Marlon James made literary history in 2015, when he became the first Jamaican to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction. And now, James has been named Macalester’s first-ever writer-in-residence. His appointment begins Jan. 1.
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november 2016 by macalestercollege
Marlon James named Macalester's first writer in residence | Star Tribune | November 21, 2016
Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist, has been named Macalester College’s first writer in residence. His appointment will begin in January. James, a native of Jamaica, joined Macalester’s English Department in 2007.
macnews  macfaculty  English  writerinresidence  ManBookerPrize 
november 2016 by macalestercollege
Oneworld: the tiny publisher behind the last two Man Booker winners | The Guardian | November 15, 2016
It started as a kitchen-table project in Cyprus, and 30 years later Oneworld Publications has grown into a distinctive brand responsible for publishing English professor Marlon James's last two novels, the Man Booker prize winner A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women.
macfaculty  English  TheBookofNightWomen  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  ManBookerPrize 
november 2016 by macalestercollege
Marlon James's cozy Minneapolis loft featured in the New York Times | City Pages | November 1, 2016
Twin Cities author and English professor Marlon James has had much success since publishing A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2014, including receiving the prestigious Man Booker Prize, invites to appear on late-night talk shows, and a development deal with HBO.
macfaculty  English  ABriefHistoryofSevenKillings  ManBookerPrize  novelist 
november 2016 by macalestercollege
A Tour of Novelist Marlon James’s Loft in Minneapolis | New York Times | October 31, 2016
English professor Marlon James's loft "tells many stories" according to the eight photos and article in The New York Times. The Man Booker Prize winner likes to fill empty space with everything he loves.
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october 2016 by macalestercollege
Author shares creative process at Lenoir-Rhyne | Hickory Record | October 14, 2016
Humor mixed with social commentary highlighted Jamaican author Marlon James’s visit to Lenoir-Rhyne University during the Visiting Writers Series. James is a faculty member in the English department.
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october 2016 by macalestercollege
Minnesota novelist Marlon James hangs with Brad Pitt, gets him to recite his book | Star Tribune | September 13, 2016
Marlon James, Macalester English professor and Minnesota’s Jamaica-born literary superstar, is having a great year. Since winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his epic novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” he has crisscrossed the globe, sharing his works in Asia, Europe and the Americas – and drawing crowds everywhere he has landed. The latest thing his budding celebrity has brought him: A three-hour interview with Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, which was the cover of the New York Times’ Style magazine on Sunday.
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september 2016 by macalestercollege
Five or Six Things I Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt, by Marlon James | New York Times | September 7, 2016
Musings from the Man Booker-winning author (and Macalester English professor) after his first meeting with one of the biggest — and nicest — stars on the planet. During his three-hour conversation with Brad Pitt at the actor’s office in Beverly Hills, for T’s Sept. 11 Men’s Style issue, James avoided inquiring about Angelina Jolie Pitt or their children. Instead, he says, “I wanted to know how he felt about Donald Trump, whether his architecture jones was for real and, more than anything, I wanted to know how a kid from the Bible Belt became such a liberal, pro-gay, not-so-pro-God activist.”
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september 2016 by macalestercollege
Conversations on Writing | Charlie Rose | August 24, 2016
English professor and novelist Marlon James talked about his Man Booker Prize winning book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings." His interview begins at 19:30.
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august 2016 by macalestercollege
Minnesota-shot, Macalester-rooted movie aims for Sundance | Pioneer Press | August 22, 2016
A movie shot in North Branch last month is aiming for the highest prize in independent movies: the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. That’s the plan for “The House of Tomorrow,” according to producer Tarik Karam '01. A coming-of-age drama about a kid, his grandmother, his new pal and the relationships all of them have with theorist Buckminster Fuller and with punk music. “Tomorrow” is based on a novel by Macalester grad/English professor Peter Bognanni, and its Mac roots run deep.
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august 2016 by macalestercollege
Daring 25 - The Most Intrepid People, Companies and Innovations of 2016 | Vanity Fair | August 2016
English professor Marlon James is one of the 25. As a novelist, he’s writing a new chapter in book publishing by combining complex characters and settings with adrenaline-pumping action. Up next for James: He’ll return to teaching at Minnesota’s Macalester College next semester after a yearlong sabbatical, and he’s developing a British TV show and another novel that he describes as “an African Game of Thrones.” He’s also shopping the television version of his Man Booker Prize novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings” to networks, having already thought about his ideal cast. “I have thought about Idris Elba,” says James. “But I don’t know if he wants to be a crime lord again.”
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august 2016 by macalestercollege
Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn film "The House of Tomorrow" in Minnesota | MPR News | July 27, 2016
This month, Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn and a small film crew quietly set up in shop in the Twin Cities. They spent time in North Branch and St. Michael — and at Matt's Bar in South Minneapolis, just last week. (No word on their feelings about Jucy Lucys.) They were here to film an adaptation of "The House of Tomorrow," a novel by Macalester College English professor Peter Bognanni.
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july 2016 by macalestercollege
Burstyn, Offerman wrap indie filmed in North Branch | Pioneer Press | July 26, 2016
An independent film completed 17 days of shooting Tuesday in North Branch, and the only traces of it left are the photos its stars posted on Instagram and Twitter. Check the feeds of actors Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff and Nick Offerman for evidence of “The House of Tomorrow,” based on a novel by Macalester College English teacher Peter Bognanni and co-produced by 2001 Macalester grad Tarik Karam.
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july 2016 by macalestercollege
‘The House of Tomorrow’: Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman and Maude Apatow Join Film Adaptation of Award-Winning Novel | Indie Wire | July 25, 2016
Peter Livolsi’s big screen adaptation of Macalester English professor Peter Bognanni’s award-winning novel “The House of Tomorrow” has added a slew of impressive new cast members. The film, which has already started shooting in Minnesota, is set to star Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins. The book, which won the L.A. Times Book Award for First Fiction, was published in 2010.
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july 2016 by macalestercollege
Talking Books - Author Marlon James | BBC World Service | July 23, 2016
Martha Kearney talks to Jamaican-born author and English professor Marlon James. James has written three novels to date, John Crew’s Devil, The Book of Night Women and his latest book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker prize in 2015. He discusses his work and how in his third he starts with an account of an attempted assassination of Bob Marley intertwining fact and fiction, documenting a violent era of political instability in Jamaican history.
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july 2016 by macalestercollege
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