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Out-Store Book Event

Out-Store is my spin on in-store because the Best of Books bookstore’s Independence weekend event was held on the sidewalk outside of their store, not indoors, and we were all masked up because #COVID19isreal in these streets. The showcase of local literary talent actually ran over three days. I was there on Saturday afternoon, but I believe it started on Thursday of that weekend. Here are some I believe exclusively Saturday images and videos (courtesy the Best of Books and writer Brenda Lee Browne who was, also, a part of the event).

I was there (in purple) with (standing, left) Brenda Lee Browne, author of London Rocks and the Just Write journal to jumpstart your creativity.
Just Write books and mugs (the latter created locally by Cedars Pottery).
Pictured in the foreground is Farida Issac’s latest, Live Out Loud: A 90 Day Guided Journal for Women Ready to Live their Best Lives.
Farida Isaac also brought her children’s book Calypso Princess: the Grand Celebration and the companion activity book.
Janice Sutherland was out with her book This Woman Can! The No Bullsh*t Guide for Women Who Lead. This is the first upload to the new Wadadli Pen YouTube channel.
Other videos from the event have been added to the Wadadli Pen channel. Check the ‘Book Event, Independence 2020 Playlist’.
T. Lerisa Simon was out with Gift of God: Finding Treasure in the Darkness and Lemon Tree: Surviving Miscarriage and Other Things We don’t discuss.
Joy Lawrence.

I am pictured here with the original 2014 edition, left, of the Burt Award winning title Musical Youth, and the 2019 second edition, right.

Also present was The Boy from Willow Bend.

That’s me at the end. I am Joanne C. Hillhouse. I write books. I run Wadadli Pen. I blog here. If you use anything from this post, credit where due and link back. If you’re a writer who participated in this event, don’t see yourself, and have a picture of vid to share, you can send to wadadlipen@gmail.com Will do my best to post as soon as time allows. #buylocallit

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Antiguan and Barbudan Author and Wadadli Pen Founder/Co-Ordinator on Young Adult Literature Panel at the Sharjah International Book Fair

“Sharjah 24: Young adult literature dominates bookstores these days. While the genre only began to gain momentum in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it has definitely gone through a growth spurt since then.

Deliberating on the topic was Science Fiction Writer Noura Al Nouman, and author of Ajwan, and Antiguan and Caribbean writer Joanne C Hillhouse whose penned several books in this genre like, The Boy from Willow Bend.

While the discussion reflected on concerns surrounding the current reading patterns among children and young adults, it also touched on the overriding influence of the digital media. While today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pocket, compared to teens a couple of decades ago, its equally true that the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different.

Sharing her thoughts on the issue was Joanne who said, “Internet to video games, there is a lot more that’s pulling children’s attention now. If you find the right story, then any young person would be inclined to sit there and take it in, because film, television, movies, video games they are all stories and I am yet to meet a child who doesn’t like stories”.

(Read the full article at Sharjah24.ae Also read at the official SIBF websiteGulf  News and UAE News).

Joanne also visited the Gulf Model School (pictured below first with the principal then with the students) and participated in a panel on the New Daughters of Africa book with editor Margaret Busby and co-contributor Ella Wakatama Allfrey (third picture below):

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A Small Place Now A Big Play

“This staging of Kincaid’s book is so faithful an adaptation that it performs the text in its original and entire form, spoken to the audience with no dialogue between actors. Director Anna Himali Howard underlines, rather than hides, the fact: the opening scene features an unnamed actor (Cherrelle Skeete) reading from the essay by torchlight. She puts the book away when a second actor (Nicola Alexis) joins her, but they narrate every word of the essay together.” Read more of this Guardian review of the controversial book by Antigua and Barbuda’s leading international writer Jamaica Kincaid

…and read this animated social media discussion on the artist and her work and relationship with home, beginning with A Small Place.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight,  Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. You’re also invited to follow me on my author blog http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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Reading Musical Youth

You may have heard that Musical Youth is on the Antigua and Barbuda schools’ reading list (that was another announcement in the Caribbean Reads newsletter announcing the Spanish edition of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). I hope this is just the beginning for this book (well the continuation as the book has been out since 2004, after placing second for the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean fiction, and it was on a schools list in Trinidad and Tobago). The response of the teens who’ve read it gives me hope. I was stopped by some of them at Fu Arwe Subben, the Independence showcase. I had finished performing and was on my way back to front of house at which I performed so that they could tell me how much they were loving the book – read it X times, favourite character – Zahara, Shaka and Zahara being #relationshipgoals There was also the teen boy who wanted to know about this book they were talking about, interested because they had expressed interest in it – to which I say, yes!

Another of those trippy, unexpected, hopeful moments on the potholed roads of this writing life. Give thanks. And keep reading for a bit of my presentation of Musical Youth. For more videos, go to my youtube channel. Now, here’s Musical Youth.

Read about Musical Youth.
Read an excerpt from Musical Youth.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight,  Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. You’re also invited to follow me on my author blog http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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Congrats, Kim

Happy Pub Week! to Antiguan and Barbudan author and friend to the page Kimolisa Mings whose latest book hit Amazon as an ebook this past week and will hit bookshelves (and print format), per her social media posts, in October 2018. Kim who publishes independently has become one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most prolific – by our count this is her 16th book – and her first, Martine, was published in 2012. This ambitious publishing entrepreneur, who guest posted about e-publishing here on Wadadli Pen in 2014, and ran a self-publishing workshop at the Antigua and Barbuda Public Library earlier in 2018,  indicated, also on social media, that she sees a micro-press to assist others in realizing their publishing dreams in her future.

There are several paths to publishing. Choose the one that works for you. Kim has.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Audra Kellman is found dead in a place that is said to be where demons cross over to the human world. Now Three People Want To Find The Killer. The head of an underground narcotic distribution ring. The CEO of an influential group of companies. And a reluctant private investigator who is more interested in finding out the true identity of the person who hired him than finding out who killed the innocent woman execution style. As D’Angelo Marshall, a private investigator who walks on the razor edge of the law, investigates the case he finds himself caught up in a web of secrets. And the case takes him in a new direction that would change his life forever. Now caught in the Black Widow’s Web, will D’Angelo fight his way free… will he want to? A private investigator murder mystery set 50 years in the future on the small Caribbean island of Redonda.

For more publishing and related resources remember to check our Resources page.

See our Fiction page and the parent page of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing for listing of Kim’s new book and other additions, and while you’re here also check out updates to our Playwriting and Screenwriting page as well as our Non-Fiction page. Oh, hop over to my other blog, if you have the time, for my review of another new-ish book by someone from Antigua, Clarice C. Clarke’s Hidden Secrets of St. Croix.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings,  Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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