James is a 2006 graduate of the Maslow Graduate Creative Writing program
and 2015 winner of the Man Booker Prize.
The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing will host the Maslow Winter Reading Series at Wilkes University from Jan. 7 to 12. Held in cooperation with the Creative Writing program’s January residency, the event features program faculty, alumni and guest writers spanning the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays, stage plays and poetry.
The series will culminate with a reading by program alumnus and best-selling author Marlon James on Thursday, Jan. 12.
James earned his master of arts degree in creative writing from Wilkes in 2006. He is the author of The New York Times-bestseller Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction in 2019. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Get Millie Black, a limited series detective drama created and executive produced by James, is slated to premiere on Channel 4 in the U.K. and HBO in the U.S. in 2023.
The schedule for the Winter Reading Series includes:
Saturday, Jan. 7 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Sordoni Art Gallery
Journey of the Book: A Celebration of Faculty New Releases features authors J. Michael Lennon and Laurie Loewenstein.
Sunday, Jan. 8 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Sordoni Art Gallery
The evening features a mix of fiction and nonfiction from program faculty authors Bonnie Culver, Jessica Goudeau and Ken Liu, plus guest writer Kevin Hazzard.
Monday, Jan. 9 | 7 to 8 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts
The evening features work from program faculty Richard Uhlig, screenwriter, and Dania Ramos, audio drama.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts
Drama night features short plays by program faculty Gregory Fletcher and Christine Renee Miller, plus program alumna Monique Franz.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts
The evening highlights alumni success stories with readings from Wayne Benson, Dawn Zera, Matthew Hinton and Craig Czury.
Thursday, Jan. 12 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts
The final series reading features Marlon James and poet Billie Tadros. Masks will be required for this reading.
All events are free and open to the public.