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Jamaican-born actor Lyriq Bent enjoys 1.7 million for ‘Negroes’

10 January 2015

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Jamaican-born actor Lyriq Bent enjoys 1.7 million for ‘Negroes’

Jamaican-born, Canadian actor Lyriq Bent stars in the television adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning work of fiction – The Book of Negroes. The novel, which only uses this thought-provoking title in Canada, is published as Someone Knows My Name in Australia, New Zealand and the US. The book was adapted for a mini-series which premiered […]

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Jamaican authors vie for int’l literary award

12 December 2014

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Jamaican authors vie for int’l literary award

A-dZiko Simba Gegele’s debut novel “All Over Again” (Blouse and Skirt Books, 2013) and Kerry Young’s sophomore opus “Gloria” (Bloomsbury, 2013) have made the initial cut for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The two Jamaican writers are among the 142 […]

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A-dZiko launches debut novel

4 October 2013

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A-dZiko launches debut novel

Long-standing spoken word artist, A-dZiko Simba Gegele, stepped up another rung on the ladder of her artistic career rung with the launch of her debut novel, “All Over Again”, which was held on September 29, 2013, at the Centre for the Arts, University of Technology (UTECH). Published by Blouse and Skirt Books, an imprint of […]

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Vibrant launch for ‘Bolo the Monkey’

18 July 2013

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Vibrant launch for ‘Bolo the Monkey’

Written by Jonathan Burke and illustrated by Nicholas Martin, the children’s picture book “Bolo the Monkey” was launched in a vibrant and friendly setting in St Andrew on Saturday, June 15. Members of the local literati and cultural community gathered under a tent erected beneath a huge mango tree at the Paddington Terrace venue and […]

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A-dZiko’s poetry party set for Red Bones

27 May 2013

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A-dZiko’s poetry party set for Red Bones

Poet, storyteller, scriptwriter and soon-to-be novelist A-dZiko Simba is looking forward to the writer’s trip of a lifetime. She has been accepted for a six-week residency at the Yaddo Corporation Artists’ Retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. There, she will be immersed in writing in a setting which not only facilitates personal development but […]

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Blue Moon Gets Up to ‘Monkey Business’

22 April 2013

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Blue Moon Gets Up to ‘Monkey Business’

The independent publishing house Blue Moon Publishing is getting up to a little “monkey business” with the upcoming release of their most recent title, “Bolo the Monkey”. Written by Jonathan Burke, “Bolo the Monkey” is an inspiring tale about pursuing your dreams even in the face of great odds which promises to enrich the Caribbean […]

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Kingston Book Festival in pictures

21 April 2013

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Kingston Book Festival in pictures

Last month’s staging of the second annual Kingston Book Festival successfully celebrated the arts and cast a week-long spotlight of the many facets of the local book industry. Held from March 2 to 10 by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), the Festival featured readings, panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions, musical performances, dance, theatre, […]

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Kingston Book Festival 2013 – Celebrating the Arts

10 February 2013

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Kingston Book Festival 2013 – Celebrating the Arts

Christopher John Farley, the Jamaican-born editor of Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal’s culture web site; Lorna Goodison, one of the finest poets of her generation; and Edward Baugh, preeminent poet and scholar, are among the esteemed writers slated to take part in the second annual Kingston Book Festival, which has evolved into a nine-day event […]

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Jubilant return for Calabash

7 July 2012

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Jubilant return for Calabash

Following a one-year hiatus in 2011, the celebrated Calabash International Literary Festival made its much anticipated return this year and comfortably reclaimed its place as the premier literary festival in the region, if not the world. From May 28 to 31, the idyllic and disarmingly charming seaside town of Treasure Beach welcomed the island’s literati, […]

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A Daughter’s Story of Arthur Wint

30 March 2012

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A Daughter’s Story of Arthur Wint

Valerie Wint, the eldest daughter of Arthur Wint – Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist, officially launched her book “The Longer Run – A Daughter’s Story of Arthur Wint” on March 15 at Bookophilia on Hope Road. The launch of the book, which was actually published last year by Ian Randle Publishers, took place in the […]

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Island Princess in Brooklyn

22 January 2012

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Island Princess in Brooklyn

In December 2011, children’s author Diane Browne launched her latest work “Island Princess in Brooklyn” in the Joyce Robinson Hall at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Avenue. The book follows 13-year-old Princess on her journey from Jamaica to live with her mother in Brooklyn, New York. It takes readers on […]

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Jana Bent to start third Shaggy Parrot book

19 September 2011

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Jana Bent to start third Shaggy Parrot book

Following the recent release of “The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback”, the sequel to “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band”, author Jana Bent will in shortly begin penning the third instalment of the popular interactive children’s storybook series, which features the voice of diamond-selling reggae superstar Shaggy as the lead character. The series focusses […]

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