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Poets Mine Gold at JCDC Creative Writing Awards

M'Bala copped gold for two poems

M’Bala struck gold twice at the 2012 edition of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Creative Writing Awards, recently held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston.

JamRock in Pictures: David Muir Launches Coffee Table Book

Jerry D heaps kudos on David Muir at the launch of Pieces of Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica: The coffee table book Pieces of Jamaica: The Real Rock Edition received its Jamrock launch on Wednesday evening at the Devonshire, Devon House, Kingston.

'Ranting' Against Bad Entertainment Journalism

Dr. Dennis Howard author of Ranting from Inside the Dancehall

Dancehall commandeered the Devonshire at Devon House on Wednesday night when Dr. Dennis Howard launched his book Ranting from Inside the Dancehall, a collection of journalistic essays that focuse on the genre.

Hilary Mantel Cops Man Booker Prize 2012 with Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel winner of Man Booker Prize 2012

And then there was one. After carving through a list of 145 novels and eventually whittling it down to a shortlist of six, the judges of the Man Booker Prize named Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies winner of the 2012 prize. And there the plot thickens.

Tearful Launch for Dalton Yap Memoir

Dalton and Pauline Yap shed tears

Kingston, Jamaica: The memoir A Matter of Conduct by Dalton Yap received a tearful launch at the Dragon Court Restaurant on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Musgrave Awards for Professor Baugh and Calabash

Professor Edward Baugh and the Calabash International Literary Festival will be among the 14 recipients of Musgrave Medals this year.

Shara McCallum: - On Finding Home and Avoiding Narcissism

Shara McCallum and Kei Miller at the 2012 Bocas Literary Festival

Poetry is often intensely personal business, an intimate dissection of the heart and mind. Yet for Shara McCallum, poetry requires more than the personal. To focus only on the personal, she says, will result in a narcissistic, myopic vision.

Jamaican Writers Gear up to Go Digital

Amazon Kindle rests against a stack of print books

Over the past few years digital books have risen from being the underdogs of the print sector to commanding a significant portion of the publishing industry, with digital book sales sometimes outstripping print.

A Taste of Huracan at Redbones

Diana McCaulay reads at Redbones

“I thought I would be able to affect a reclusive mysteriousness. People would ask me for interviews and I’d decline them,” Diana McCaulay told the small audience gathered to hear her read from her novel Huracan, at Redbones the Blues Cafe, recently.

Previously Unpublished Claude McKay Manuscript Found

Portrait of Claude McKay by artist Warren Goodson

Jamaican novelist, poet and political activist Claude McKay got an expected birthday present this year as a previously unpublished manuscript was found and authenticated by two scholars, Columbia graduate student Jean-Christophe Cloutier and his advisor, Brent Hayes Edwards.