Biography

C.J. Farley is the author of four novels, “Game World,” “My Favorite War,” “Kingston by Starlight,” and “Around Harvard Square,” and a number of nonfiction books including the national bestseller “Aaliyah: More than a Woman,” which was adapted into a hit movie for Lifetime television. Farley co-wrote and co-edited the book “The Blues” (Harper Collins) the companion volume to Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary series (Scorsese called him a “great biographer and critic”). Farley’s short fiction has been featured in a number of anthologies including “The Vintage Book of War Fiction,” a survey of the best war stories of the last 100 years, and “Kingston Noir,” a short story collection that came out in 2012. Farley was a consulting producer for “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” a critically-acclaimed HBO documentary that won a Peabody award. Farley has won numerous awards for his work including honors from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Deadline Club of New York, and his biography “Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York, Farley is a former music critic and senior editor for Time magazine, a former senior editor for the Wall Street Journal, and a graduate of Harvard University, where he worked as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He served as the host and producer of the long-running video series the WSJ Cafe, which featured such guests as Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Adele and Ed Sheeran. He has interviewed many of the greatest musicians in history including Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Ariana Grande, Prince, Sade, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and more. Farley’s 1999 interview with Lauryn Hill was the first time a rapper was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Farley is currently an executive editor for Amazon Inc.’s Audible. His latest novel is “Around Harvard Square,” a book Walter Isaacson called “sharp and imaginative,” Marlon James called “ferociously funny” and Andy Borowitz called “a delight.”