Spotlight – Marie Elena John

Antiguan and Barbudan daughter Marie Elena John is the author of the critically acclaimed Unburnable – a must read. Set in Dominica, it’s been described as “compelling” by Booklist, “electrifying” by Essence, and, by its publisher as ” a work of literary fiction that is at once a love story, a murder mystery, a multigenerational epic, and a reinterpretation of Black history (that) defies neat categorization.” The book was nominated for the 2007 Hurston Wright Legacy Award for best first book, and, last we heard, the author has plans to turn it into a film. It would make for good viewing.

Unburnable author Marie Elena John with music star John Legend at her book launch in 2006.

MEJ with students at a workshop she conducted in NY

John with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other workshop facilitators in Nigeria.

For more on the author,  see her Wiki-page.

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