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Fall Food Dialogue:
Marlon James in Conversation
with Dr. Jessica B. Harris

Saturday, October 21, 2023

11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Ross Hall

Man Booker-prize winning author Marlon James will sit down with Dr. Jessica B. Harris for a wide-ranging conversation that will explore memory and history, landscapes and lore, as well as fables, fantasies, gardens, and food as they show up in his work and in his life.


About the Speakers

Born in Jamaica in 1970, Marlon James is the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Moon Witch, Spider King, is the second novel in his Dark Star fantasy trilogy. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first novel in James’s Dark Star trilogy, was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. He is also the author of the novels John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.


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Dr. Jessica B. Harris is America’s leading scholar on the food and foodways of the African Diaspora. Dr. Harris received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020, and she was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2021.” In the same year, her book High on the Hog was adapted into a Netflix series; in 2022, the series won a Peabody and an NAACP Image Award, and was renewed for a second season. She serves on NYBG’s Board of Trustees.

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Presented by NYBG’s Humanities Institute with generous support from the Mellon Foundation