Kingston Book Festival 2013 – Celebrating the Arts

Kingston Book Festival 2013 – Celebrating the Arts

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Topics: Literature

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 (March 2 – 10) that will be staged under the theme “Celebrating the Arts”.

Kingston Book Festival 2013

Other featured scribes on the impressive roster are Kei Miller, Carolyn Cooper, Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Tanya Shirley, Mel Cooke and Roland Watson-Grant. Dub poetry group No-Maddz will also be participating in the event. Organised by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), the festival will take over several venues across the city with an exciting schedule of activities that will showcase books on film, music, theatre, dance, fine art and photography.



Norman Marshall

"...we will celebrate books, we will celebrate the arts, we will celebrate Jamaica." - Norman Marshall, president of the BIAJ

The festival will include readings, film screenings, book launches, school tours, seminars, investment panels, workshops and networking sessions, and will culminate in a mega ‘book jam’ dubbed “Wake the Town and Tell the People” on Friday, March 8, and the festival’s signature event, the Kingston Book Fair, at Devon House on Saturday, March 9.

“The Kingston Book Festival will highlight the vital role that publishing plays in preserving, sharing and promoting Jamaican culture,” stated Norman Marshall, president of the BIAJ, at the launch of the festival on February 7 at the Spanish Court Hotel.

“Jamaica has a vibrant and diverse heritage burgeoning with great talent, and through this festival, we will celebrate books, we will celebrate the arts, we will celebrate Jamaica,” added Marshall.

Kellie Magnus

Kellie Magnus, chair of Kingston Book Festival 2013

Kingston Book Festival

Kingston Book Festival 2013

Kellie Magnus, chair of the festival, praised the willingness and responsiveness of the persons who were approached to support the event. The Kingston Book Festival was created by the BIAJ to promote literacy and a love of reading and to showcase the breadth of the Jamaican publishing industry. The festival will also raise funds for several book related charities.

Partners and sponsors of Kingston Book Festival 2013 are the Spanish Court Hotel, CHASE, The Observer, Sangster’s Bookstores, POWER 106, National Library of Jamaica, the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists, Jackmandora, Blue Moon Publishing, Pelican Publishing, Jamaica Cultural Enterprises, Event 2 Event, JAMPRO,, Caribbean Literature Action Group, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the University of the West Indies, Bookophilia,  Peace and Love in Schools, the Ministry of Education, and Kingston City Run.

Kingston Book Festival 2013

Kingston Book Festival 2013

Clifford the Big Red Dog makes an appearance at the media launch of the Kingston Book Festival 2013.

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  1. Melanie says:

    Great article.

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