English in the News

Review: 'Ghosts of Gold Mountain,' by Gordon H. Chang | Star Tribune | May 24, 2019
This groundbreaking book pieces together the lives of the thousands of Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad. Benjamin Voigt, visiting assistant professor, English, and a 2010 Macalester graduate, wrote this review.

What Does An African "Game Of Thrones" Look Like? | BuzzFeedNews | May 16, 2019
Amos Tutuola’s "The Palm-Wine Drinkard" has influenced many contemporary fantasy writers, including Macalester's Marlon James and Nnedi Okorafor.

The Humanities: Now With 50 Percent Fewer Humans | Mpls/StPaul | May 16, 2019
College degrees in the humanities are taking a backseat to "job-getters" like management and STEM. What does that mean for the workforce, and, well, humanity? English Professor Peter Bognanni '01 was quoted.

‘Sprinter’ Director Storm Saulter Shows That Jamaica Means More Than James Bond | Indie Wire | May 10, 2019
The Jamaican filmmaker is breaking new ground for Caribbean cinema. Up next: an adaptation of Marlon James's “John Crow’s Devil.”

Navigating the Wordplay festival: Writers not to miss | Star Tribune | May 9, 2019
English Professor Marlon James will converse with fantasy writer Daniel José Older, exploring the wisdom and beauty of genre books — and the snobbish backlash that genre books often endure.

Can't-miss (and affordable!) events at Wordplay, the Loft's massive literary fest | City Pages | May 9, 2019
The lineup is expansive, and features some of the world’s most famous writers, including Writer in Residence and English Professor Marlon James.