Musical Youth and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, my award winning teen/young adult novel and one of my children’s picture book, have been added to the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism #whatcoollookslike campaign. Best of Books is offering 20 percent off both books all summer long, while stocks last.
Pulitzer winning African-American writer Alice Walker (The Colour Purple) recently told Vincentian writer N. C. Marks whose book Plastered in Pretty was previously announced on this blog: “I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language.” One celebrated writer showing an up and coming writer some love. Read about it here.
ETA: TnT writer Andre Bagoo was spotted on the long list for the Alpine Fellowship.
Bahamian writer Alexia Tolas is the Caribbean winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize – here her hometown paper catches up with the writer (I get an unexpected shout out from the winning writer). Looking forward to reading her story and the other short listed entries.
Also having a moment is Barbadian writer Shakirah Bourne whose first novel, My Fishy Stepmom, a Burt title, debuts this year; and who took the time, in this post, to share how she landed an agent. She references how a post about my own Burt adventure encouraged her to go for it (another unexpected shout out). Shakirah’s post has been added to the Wadadli Pen Resources page where writers can find tips for navigating the world of writing, publishing, presenting…and getting paid.
Finally, in acknowledgment of the New Daughters of Africa‘s original publication in the UK and the subsequent publication of US and South Africa editions, and the forthcoming Nigeria edition and UK audio book edition, I’d like to share that I am currently reading my contributor copy and really enjoying much of what I’m reading. Some of the Caribbean people I’ve read so far are: Trinidadian Barbara Jenkins’ A Perfect Stranger (“I stumbled to the bathroom – communal baths and showers – closed the door to a bath cubicle sat on the edge of a bathtub and cried.”), Trinidadian Elizabeth Nunez’ Discovering My Mother (“My mother told me the story about the first time she felt belittled by my father.”), Grenadian Verna Wilkins’ A Memory Evoked (“As the steelband rhythms died away I was aware, more than ever of the influence of y father on my own life.”), Jamaican Yvonne Bailey-Smith’s Meeting Mother (“Why would anyone want to live underground? Surely that was a place for the dead!”), Bermudian Angela Barry’s (“A choking fury flared in Susan’s chest.”), Bahamian Marion Bethel’s We were Terrestrial Once, Maybe and Of Cowrie Shells & Revolution (“But the sea-green leather strip/of cowrie shell was too too wide & long/for my rational hips- “), Jamaican Beverley Bryan’s A Windrush Story (“The morning Marva left all the leading figures of Priestman’s River came with their last-minute messages for family in England, as was the custom.”), Jamaica’s Carolyn Cooper with Finding Romance Online in 2018 (“What I admire about the typical Jamaican man is his absolute confidence in his masculinity. From yu name man, yu can get any woman!”), Jamaican Patricia Cumper’s Just So Much a Body can Take (“ETHEL: So hungry for the sunlight, is like it a go mad mi…”), Jamaica-born Ifeona Fulani’s Three Islands, Two Cities: The Making of a Black/Caribbean/Woman Writer/Scholar (“After one ear in Jamaica I returned to London, resigned from my job and sold my house.”), Bahamian poet Patricia Glinton-Meicholas’ Remebering, Re-membering, Slavery Redux, and Woman Unconquerable (“Go ahead, Lords of Fraud/and tainted tenure/repossess the kaprang/foreclose the shack.”), Jamaica-born Carmen Harris’ Hello…Goodbye (“With excitement, I raised the lid, inhaling the decades-old nostalgia of the island years.”), and… well, I’m only 170 pages in (this one’s a marathon read with more than 200 women of African descent from all over the motherland and diaspora).
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