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Calabash 2018 – June 1-3, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

The line-up of authors for this year's Calabash International Literary Festival includes poets Safiya Sinclair, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Ishion Hutchinson; novelist Tayari Jones; hip-hop artist Akala, and cultural analyst and UWI lecturer Isis Semaj Hall.See the full line-up... Read more

Review of Rachel Manley’s first novel

Rachel Manley's new novel, The Black Peacock, appeared in December 2017 from Cormorant Books. Ms. Manley has published extensively as a poet and memoirist; this is her first work of fiction. Quill and Quire says of the novel Manley slowly unfurls a somewhat labyrinthine narrative, revealing the couple’s shared history – and secrets – in jerks and starts.... Otherwise, The Black Peacock tells an engaging story of a love affair in a state of suspended animation. Themes of grief,... Read more

Collection of Mittelholzer’s early writings appears from Peepal Tree

Creole Chips and Other Writings: Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Essays by Edgar Mittelholzer, edited by Juanita Cox, February 2018. From the publisher's website:This compendium of Edgar Mittelholzer's mostly uncollected writings brings together his early collection of sketches of Georgetown life, Creole Chips, his speculative novella, The Adding Machine, twenty-four short stories, five plays, his published and unpublished poetry and essays covering travel, literature and his personal... Read more

CFP: 37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference

37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference Hosted by: Hemispheric Caribbean Studies (HCS), University of Miami October 3-6, 2018 CALL FOR PAPERS Global Caribbean Studies: “Scapes” abstract deadline: May 1st, 2018from the organizers:This year’s conference recognizes the vast routes/roots that link the Caribbean to the hemisphere and the globe. As many writers and literary scholars have noted, the immense bodies of water that appear to isolate belie the currents that... Read more

Winners of the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature

The winners of the 2017 CODE Burt Award for Young Adult Literature (announced at the Bocas Lit Fest) were:1st place: The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Núñez (Puerto Rico/USA)2nd place: The Beast of Kukuyo by Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)3rd place: Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago)The Art of White Roses and Home Home will appear from Papillote Press in May 2018; The Beast of Kukuyo is as yet unpublished.The Burt Award... Read more

Jamaican writer Garfield Ellis dies

On March 16, 2018, the family of Jamaican writer Garfield Ellis posted the following to his Facebook page: The family of Garfield Ellis advise that he passed away peacefully this morning at the Scarborough General Hospital in Canada.We know that to many of you he was a friend and a mentor and we want to take the opportunity to thank you for allowing him to be a part of your lives. Ellis was the author of six published titles. The latest, The Angel's Share, appeared from Akashic Books in... Read more

Three new “essay-stories” by Kei Miller on race in Jamaica

Kei Miller introduces three "essay-stories" posted on his blog, Under the Saltire Flag, as follows: So in my continued exploration of race, and how it works in Jamaica and the Caribbean, I ended up writing 3 connected essays - Mr Brown, Mrs White & Ms Black. Though in truth they turned out more like stories, or maybe they are story-essays, or essay-stories. The pieces can be found, in orderhere (Mr Brown)here (Mrs White), andhere (Ms... Read more

Sir Wilson Harris dies, age 96

Today, 8 March 2018, Demerara Waves posted the news that Guyanese novelist, poet, essayist and theorist Sir Wilson Harris has died in the United Kingdom, where he had resided for many years. Reproducing the text of a statement from Professor Nigel Harris, Chancellor of the University of Guyana and Sir Wilson's son, the news item briefly outlines the extent of Harris's body of work and suggests its impact on generations of Caribbean writers and scholars, noting also, "In 2010, he was awarded the... Read more

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