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Kendel Hippolyte, Monique Roffey and Rupert Roopnaraine Vie for Bocas Prize 2013

OCM Bocas Shortlist Titles

Kendel Hippolyte’s Fault Lines, Monique Roffey’s Archipelago and Rupert Roopnaraine’s The Sky’s Wild Noise have been announced as the 2013 shortlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Velma Pollard Re-visits Caret Bay in New Collection

And Caret Bay Again

Velma Pollard is set to launch her latest anthology of poems And Caret Bay Again: New and Selected Poems. The launch is slated to take place at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies Mona on Sunday March 17 at 11:00 am.

Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press to Create New Imprint

Akashic Books & Peepal Tree Press logos

The New York independent publisher Akashic Books and Leeds based publisher Peepal Tree Press recently announced that they have joined forces to create a new imprint which will publish works by new authors based in the Caribbean.

Music Poetry and More at Redbones Highlight KBF 13

Christopher John Farley

The Kingston Book Festival unleashed its eclectic side with one of its culminating events at Redbones the Blues Cafe last Friday (March 8, 2013).

Goodison, Baugh and Miller Have 'Affair With Literature'

Kei Miller reads at Love Affair With Literature

Sunday morning was cold and grey, as a cold front crept across Kingston. However the cool winds and accompanying drizzle were not enough to dampen the flickering of love for literature.

Junot Diaz, Anthony Winkler and Kendel Hippolyte Make Bocas Longlist

Bocas longlist book covers

The OCM Bocas Literary Festival has announced its longlist for the Bocas 2013 prize. The longlist features ten writers from six Caribbean countries across the competition’s three genre’s poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction.

Global Reggae Launched

Prof Carolyn Cooper (left) and DJ Afifa (right)

A sprinkling of rain drifted down as Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus delivered their invocation for the launch of Global Reggae, edited by Professor Carolyn Cooper.

Jamaican Illustrators Challenged to 'Draw' on Comics

Alex Simmons author of Black Jack speaks to writers and illustrators

Writer Alex Simmons challenged the writers, animators and illustrators who gathered at the lecture ‘Blacks in Comics’ to draw for  use comics as a medium to properly represent Jamaican culture in a global space.

The Bookish Side of Reggae

Proud authors of Reggae texts at the International Reggae Conference 2013

The pool of books about diverse aspects of Jamaican music deepens each year. This expanding bibliography is a critical part of not just documenting scholarship but ensuring the preservation of information about its evolution, the trends and the various elements of the culture.

Kingston Book Festival 2013 Launched

Kingston’s book industry is planning a takeover of the city in early March. Plans for a multi-venue festival were unveiled at the launch of the 2nd installment of the annual Kingston Book Festival which is planned for March 2 - 10, 2013.