Lannan Foundation presents Readings and Conversations: Marlon James with Russell Banks

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Lensic

211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM 87501


Tickets | $2 - $5 Reserved Seating




Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 1st at 12pm

Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, centers on Jamaica in the 1970s and the attempted assassination of reggae legend Bob Marley. His essay on coming out, “From Jamaica to Minnesota to Myself,” appeared in the New York Times Magazine in March 2015. Russell Banks’s books include Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, and The Darling and the story collection The Angel on the Roof. His The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were adapted into celebrated feature films.

Russell Banks‘s writings include the novels Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, and The Darling, as well as the story collection The Angel on the Roof. His The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were adapted into celebrated feature films. Banks lived for a time in Jamaica and in 1980 wrote the novel The Book of Jamaica. He is also the author of Dreaming Up America, a collection of essays questioning American origins, values, heroes, conflicts, and contradictions. Banks has made a life’s work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things “normal” men can and will do. Michael Ondaatje calls Banks “the uncompromising moral voice of our time.” His most recent book is a memoir, Voyager: Travel Writings (2016), in which he writes, “Since childhood, I’ve longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue.”

Tickets: $2-$5 reserved seating