Award-winning author Marlon James will give a free lecture at the Madison Central Library on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Distinguished Lecture Series. James will tackle a variety of topics, according to WUD, including writing, the Caribbean, and race and gender.

The Jamaican-born author’s books have been called gripping, action-packed, thrilling, intense and epic. They include titles like “Black Leopard Red Wolf,” “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” “John Crow’s Devil” and “The Book of Night Women.”

“Marlon James is a fearless, passionate writer, who will speak about perspectives on many important issues and how fiction can put a spotlight on those issues,” said WUD Distinguished Lecture Series Associate Director of Marketing and Outreach Evanka Annyapu in a statement.

The WUD DLS Committee is co-sponsoring this lecture with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. The lecture is presented in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar with additional sponsorship support from the Wisconsin Book Festival, the UW-Madison English Department, and the Cyril W. Nave Endowment administered by the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies at UW-Madison.