October 14 Reading by NBCC Finalists Marlon James, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Brenda Shaughnessy

By Jane Ciabattari

Join us for a reading by National Book Critics Circle finalists Marlon James, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Brenda Shaughnessy, sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle and the Caribbean Culture Theatre

Thursday, October 14, time 7 pm

NYU Bookstore

726 Broadway New York, NY

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the author of The Book Of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award as well as the NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil (Akashic Books), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir, and Silent Voices, and his nonfiction has been published in the Caribbean Review of Books. He was a judge for the PEN Beyond Margins Award and the 2010 Young Lions Award. Marlon James teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jayne Anne Phillips was born in Buckhannon, WV. She is the author of four novels, Lark and Termite (2009 NBCC Fiction finalist), MotherKind (2000), Shelter (1994), and Machine Dreams, a 1984 NBCC fiction finalist, and two collections of widely anthologized stories, Fast Lanes (1987) and Black Tickets (1979). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship. She has been awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (1980) and an Academy Award in Literature (1997) by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been translated into twelve languages and has appeared in Granta, Harper's, DoubleTake, and The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She is currently Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of two poetry collections: Interior with Sudden Joy and Human Dark with Sugar, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the 2007 James Laughlin Award. A third collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She is currently Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University and the Poetry Editor of Tin House Magazine.