Twin Cities novelist named first-ever writer-in-residence at Macalester

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An accomplished Minnesota writer has received another honor.

Macalester English professor Marlon James has been named the college's first writer-in-residence, the school said in a news release. His appointment begins January 1, 2017.

The Jamaican-born novelist has earned a ton of awards for his writing, including the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize – considered one the world's most important literary awards – for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The book also won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Green Carnation Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times.

James has been with Macalester's English department since 2007 and has taught several creative writing classes and workshops. Earlier this year, he sat down with Brad Pitt. And he even has a day named after him in Minnesota.

"With Marlon as Macalester's writer-in-residence, we can showcase his work and support his creative process, while giving our students the opportunity to learn from one of the great writers of our time," Provost Karine Moe said in the release.

James will continue to teach two courses per year in his new position at Macalester, the college said.

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