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Kincaid, Newland Among 2014 Hurston Wright Nominees

The Hurston/Wright Foundation announces the nominations for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. A winner and two finalists in each category will be honored at the 13th Annual Legacy Award Ceremony on Friday, October 24, at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Wil Haygood, award-winning biographer and journalist and author of the article and book that inspired the film The Butler will serve as master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.


•The Residue Years by Mitchell Jackson (Bloomsbury)

•Every Boy Should Have A Man by Preston L. Allen (Akashic)

•The Gospel According to Cane by Courttia Newland (Akashic) – British writer with Jamaican and Bajan roots

•The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (Penguin)

• See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar Straus and Giroux) – Antiguan born

•We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo ( Little Brown/Reagan Arthur Books)



•Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home  by Sheri Booker (Gotham Books/Penguin)

•The March on Washington Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights by William P. Jones (Norton)

•Ebony and Ivy Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (Bloomsbury)

•Kansas City Lightning by Stanley Crouch (HarperCollins)

•The Men We Reap by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)

•Searching for Zion The Quest For Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau (Atlantic Monthly Press)



•Darktown Follies by Amaud Jamal Johnson (Tupelo Press)

•The Cineaste by A. Van Jordan (Norton)

•Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey (Fourways Books)

•What We Ask of Flesh by Remica L. Bingham (Etruscan Press)

•Silverchest by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

•The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka (Penguin)



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Wadadli Pen Awards This Saturday

You are invited to come out and support our budding writers at the March 31st Celebration and Awards for the finalists in Wadadli Pen Challenge 2012, held in partnership with the Best of Books. The brief ceremony, which will include readings from the top stories by the authors, will be held at the bookstore’s Village Walk branch on Friars Hill Road at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be distributed during the ceremony from these sponsors: ABI Insurance, ACT, Adventure Antigua, Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, Barbara Arrindell, Australian Homemade, the Best of Books, Blue Waters Hotel, Brenda Lee Browne, Caribbean Helicopters, D. Gisele Isaac, Frank B. Armstrong, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Jabberwocky, Jolly Beach Resort, Keyonna Beach Hotel, Little Antigua Island Tour, Conrad Luke, Claytine Nisbett, Ondeck, Stephen B. Shoul, Elaine Spires, and Floree Williams. We thank these sponsors for ensuring that we are able to adequately reward the writers of the interesting and diverse entries received. And we thank the media and public, in advance, for coming out to support.

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2011 Wadadli Pen Awards Ceremony Pictorial

These are images of the Wadadli Pen awards ceremony posted by Best of Books to Facebook. Enjoy.

me, right, with Best of Books owner, EM Grimes Graeme.

A good turnout as book lovers turned up on June 25th to celebrate Best of Books' 10th anniversary and witness the Wadadli Pen 2011 awards presentation.

Sharifa George (pictured at podium), Monica David, Through the Window author Floree Williams, and Wadadli Pen judge Brenda Lee Browne joined me in reading excerpts from the top stories during the presentation ceremony.

Brenda Lee Browne.

Art winner Hudle Jennings accepting her prizes from Best of Books owner EM Grimes Graeme.

Under 12 winner and second best overall Orique Gordon accepting his prizes from Best of Books owner E.M. Grimes Graeme.

Chatrisse Beazer, 13 to 17 winner, and third placed overall, accepting her prizes from Best of Books owner E. M. Grimes Graeme.

Shakeema Edwards, second placed in 13 to 17 and overall, accepting her prizes from EM Grimes Graeme, Best of Books owner.

Second runner up, 13 to 17, Ardis Lavelle.

Overall winner and 18 to 35 winner Devra Thomas poses with the Challenge plaque (set to hang in the Best of Books downtown store) and Best of Books storeowner, EM Grimes Graeme.

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“Outdoor Book and Story Fair”

25th June – UWI Open Campus (formerly known as
University Centre)

5 pm    Part 1- Wadadli Pen
Open Mic Special Edition for Youth Top Prize from
New Gate  

6 pm    Part 2 – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2011 Prize Giving Ceremony

7 pm    Part 3- Wadadli
Pen Open Mic Special Edition for Adults Top Prize from Whispering Bamboo

8 PM    Part 4    Back on the
Stage Again Drama – Music – Dance – Poetry & More

26th June 2011 ACB Parking Lot  – St. Mary’s Street


10:00 AM I Keep Safe – Internet
Safety! A fun workshop for children & parents

10:30 AM Mr. Terrific – Bringing
energy to our youth through the pages of our books.

11:30 AM Arline Edwards-Joseph,
Ph.D.,   “Once a student, Now a
teacher”, Once a camper, Now a counsellor, Once a child, Now a parent.”

1PM – 5
PM. For adults Local Authors Tents; Book Wars; Writing
& Reading workshops, Teaching your child to read with Jolly Phonics at home;

Maths can be fun and interactive
with BEAM,

1PM – 5
PM. For children Story
Time with celebrity readers, Bounce Castle by LIVI Inflatables, Meet
Dora and enjoy Face Painting by Shawanda Party People,
Lucky dip, CCSET International Dr. Seuss Tent, Piglets Arts & Craft
Activity Time; Reading Competitions for 9 – 11 year olds; Artist the Juggler
with his bag of tricks; Spelling Competitions for 6 – 8 year olds; On the Spot
Writing Competitions for 12 – 18 year olds, Art Lessons with Edison Liburd; Poetry
Competitions and more. Call 562 7654 to
register for our morning workshops for educators, youth group leaders and
parents – space is limited. main sponsors

Bringing books from the shelves to the
sidewalks ..

…And stories from the pages to the pavement

The Best of Books and Literary Antigua

Our Partners

ACB                          COURTS                     LIME

UWI Open Campus /  Piglets / The Optimist Club of St. John’s/

Occasions Party Rentals / Whispering
Bamboo / New Gate  

Participating Publishers

 NELSON THORNES                  MACMILLAN                 PEARSON                  OXFORD READING TREE

/ Jolly Learning Ltd


 25% OFF all books except School Text Books which are 10% off
Wednesday 15th – Friday 24nd June
Ask about 40 & 50% off specials

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