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Marlon James - "Black Leopard, Red Wolf"

Marlon James - "Black Leopard, Red Wolf"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Shiley Theater
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

John Cleese

Warwick’s & University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences present

Marlon James

discussing and signing

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM at:

University of San Diego's
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
5998 Alcala Park,
San Diego, CA 92110

This is a ticketed event.



  • $32.33 - One general admission - Includes one copy of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
  • $42.33 - Two general admissions - Includes one copy of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
  • General Admission Check-In at 6:15PM.
  • Please print out your tickets.
  • Seating is first-come, first served.
  • You will receive a copy of Marlon's book when you check in.
  • There will be cards available in the lobby for you to use to ask Marlon a question.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot. Shuttles will be available from the parking structure to the theater.
  • The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Marlon James is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. A professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

In this stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, an African Game of Thrones, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy's scent - from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers - he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

Click here to read early praise for Black Leopard, Red Wolf!

Below are parking instructions and directions to Shiley Theater. 

From Linda Vista Road, please enter campus through the WEST ENTRANCE/ MARIAN WAY. This is the closest entrance to the event venue. Once on campus, guests are encouraged to park in the West Parking Structure. From this parking structure, shuttles will run regularly to main campus with a drop off location near Shiley Theatre, which is located in Camino Hall. Signage will direct you to the theatre.  
Once parked, guests must use one of the payment kiosks (available on each level) to pay for parking until 7 p.m., after which time parking is free. The rate is $1.50 per hour. Pay stations accept coins as well as Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards. They do not accept cash or American Express cards.
All paid parking areas at USD operate as pay-by-plate. This means that a license plate number is required when making a payment at the pay station. It may be helpful to take a picture of your license plate after you park your vehicle. Once you have made your payment, there is no need to display your receipt on your dashboard.