EPISODE 52

Marlon James and The Giver of Stars

January 8, 2020 - Abbe chats with Marlon James about his novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and his new podcast, Marlon and Jake Read Dead People. She also recommends books for fans of His Dark Materials series and reviews The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

Abbe chats with author Marlon James about his novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and his new podcast, Marlon and Jake Read Dead People. He tells listeners about his new American citizenship, having a genre novel nominated for a National Book Award, being promiscuous when it comes to writing fiction, researching African history and mythology, Michael B. Jordan, and finally, hosting his own podcast.

Marlon and Jake Read Dead People centers on Marlon and his editor Jake Morrissey debating dead authors. They ask hard-hitting questions like: “Jane Austen. Why?” and “Why read Trollope?”, which, of course, leads to hysterical conversations that remind us of the best of college literature courses.

The nature of storytelling is always shifting.
—Marlon James

Abbe also recommends books for fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series—both the book and the TV adaptation on HBO. If you’re looking for what to read after finishing the series, try some of these books. (And for even more, check out this list!)

Abbe also reviews The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, which is the perfect historical fiction read for the literary- and library-obsessed.

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