LITERARY GOLD: Of the 156 outstanding novels published last year that earned consideration for the upcoming Man Booker Prize, Jamaican-American author Marlon James has earned one of the coveted spots among the 13 scribes whose books have made the longlist, the semi-final round. James’ widely acclaimed bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings (which landed on dozens of Best-of-2014 lists around the world), an epic narrative centred on that infamous gun attack that almost snuffed out Bob Marley’s life back in the late seventies, is in the running alongside works by Americans Bill Clegg (Did You Ever Have a Family?) and Anne Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread), Ireland’s Anne Enright (The Green Road) and Chigozie Obioma (The Fishermen) of Nigeria, to name a few. 2015 marks the second year that US writers have been made eligible for the prestigious award, which was originally restricted to writers from the British Commonwealth. On September 15, the shortlist finalists will be revealed. The overall winner of 50,000 prize will be announced Oct. 13.