Colgate University recently included an excerpt from Laurie Loewenstein’s UNMENTIONABLES in the Colgate Scene, a publicationwhich recognized alumni who have gone on to write books featuring a strong sense of place. It shared selections from several alumni books along with an author discussion of how they were inspired by real places in their lives.
“To Midwesterners like myself, it is a place of great beauty; of distant horizons where the sky bleaches to white, where windbreaks of catalpas hem farm fields, where the courthouse is ornately fluted. But it is also a place of contradictions, where politeness and conformity glide above deep currents of emotion and sentiment. Where we are both insiders and outsiders — fertile ground in which to explore the true nature of community.”
Author Marlon James was profiled by Larry Rohter from The New York Times, only a week after his novel A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS was reviewed by Michiko Kakutani who described him as a “prodigious talent who has produced a novel that is epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over the top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”
The novel revolves around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 and includes characters based on real-life CIA agents, criminals, Jamaican politicians, and exiles.
As James’s former mentor in the Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, imprint founder Kaylie Jones was also interviewed by Rohter for the piece. She said: “What leaped out at me right away was that he was a phenomenally visual writer with a lyrical, magical voice. I was shocked that nobody had picked up this guy.”
The hardcover of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS is available for purchase on Thursday, October 2.