Tag Archives: musical youth

Summer Reading Challenge: The Results

September 9th 2015

The Cushion Club, Wadadli Pen, and CaribbeanReads Publishing are pleased to announce Kevin McCalmon, a student of the Five Islands Primary School, and 15-year-old Shadae Williams as recipients, respectively, of prizes related to the Summer Reading Challenge and the Musical Youth sub-Challenge.

Young people in Antigua and Barbuda were challenged to add some reading to their summer adventures. The prize would go to the person who read the most books, submitting a mini-review as proof of completion. Among the books read by McCalmon was Chee Chee in Paradise, a CaribbeanReads publication featuring a monkey named Chee Chee. “I like that Chee Chee was the star of the book and his brothers were very nice to him,” McCalmon said in his mini-review.

CaribbeanReads is also the publisher of Musical Youth, a book by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse, which was a finalist for the Burt Award for teen/young adult fiction. Williams, her submission decorated with a musical theme, focused her attention on this book, and, as a self-declared “musically inspired youth”, gave it a favorable review.
“I’m totally in love with this book … it took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I’m [definitely] looking forward to a part two,” she wrote, adding, “I really love how Zahara found herself [self-] confidence after all in both her looks and her guitar skills. It was really quite lovely.”

The purpose of the challenges was to acquaint young people with the joys of reading for fun, as they were encouraged to choose from a carefully curated list of children’s and teen’s favourites from Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean, and the world. Carol Mitchell of CaribbeanReads notes that it was also an opportunity to improve reading comprehension. “It is not enough to be able to decipher what c-a-t spells, but we need to be able to process what the words mean when they’re linked together,” she said.

The challenge was launched at the start of summer by the Cushion Club, a Saturday reading programme active in Antigua for more than 10 years. The Club was so eager to get as many people participating as possible, it partnered with book stores like Cindy’s Bookstore and the Best of Books in securing discounts for books on the reading list, and with these and other bookstores like Map Shop in making sure the list contained books of particular appeal to teens and children. “More encouragement from the parents and closer attention to the rules by the young readers would have been ideal, but we’re delighted with those who took the opportunity to discover new books and hopeful that if we do this again there will be even greater participation,” said Cedric Holder, Cushion Club volunteer and sponsor of the prizes for the main challenge. The challenge took place during the Club’s off season as the Club keeps pace with the regular school year. The prizes will be presented when the Club begins its new season Saturday 3rd October 2015. Regulars should note the date; normal meeting time is 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and usual venue is the University of the West Indies Open Campus, located between Factory Road and Queen Elizabeth Highway.

1 Comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS

Next up: Brooklyn Book Fair

pictureConfronting Tomorrow. At the intersection of youth and adulthood, three young protagonists and their friends and families confront realities that change their lives. Joanne Hillhouse (Musical Youth) Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines), and Matthew McGevna (Little Beasts) deal with actions that change one and cannot be changed. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by Ian Maloney, St. Francis College.

Details here.

Other Caribbean authors scheduled for the book fair include Marlon James, Esmeralda Santiago, Tiphanie Yanique, Naomi Jackson, and Edwidge Dandicat (if I’m missing anyone, forgive me).

Information on all panels here.

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Caribbean Plus Lit News, Links We Love, Literary Gallery

A & B SUMMER READING CHALLENGE GETS “MUSICAL”

Teens in Antigua and Barbuda, this one’s for you! As part of the Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Summer Reading Challenge, Antiguan and Barbudan teens, 12 to 18, are being invited to read Musical Youth, a Best of Books’ teen summer pick, post a musical or otherwise creative review to the social media platform of your choice, and send the link to submissions@caribbeanreads.com flyer final
This is a challenge within a challenge.

You don’t know about the original Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Summer Reading challenge?

Here it is in 50 words or less: Read as many books as you want, write a really-really-really short review of each book read, email your list of books completed and reviews to cushionclub@yahoo.com at the end of August 2015. Maybe win a prize. There are discounts and minimum requirements; search “reading challenge” at the Wadadli Pen website (https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com) go here for details.

The Map Shop and the Best of Books helped compile the reading lists, so you know the books can be sourced locally.

The Best of Books and Cindy’s Bookstore are offering 20 percent discounts to anyone “taking the challenge”. Now, Caribbean Reads Publishing and Joanne C. Hillhouse – publisher and author, respectively – have made the challenge just a little more “Musical”. As Musical Youth, second placed for the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014, is targeted at teens; they want to know what teens think of this book. This additional prize – sponsored by the publisher and author of Musical Youth – will go to the most creative review.
musical_youth_nov1-e1415925946338
Keep it honest: you’re not going to be graded up for gushing over the book if that’s not how you feel. Keep it creative: the internet and social media provide infinite ways for you to express yourself. So, in keeping with the book’s theme and cast of characters who embrace music and creativity, share your review in a way that shines a light on your creativity. Once you’ve posted to your YouTube, Instagram, vine, tumblr, twitter, or wherever, email the link and your contact information to submissions@caribbeanreads.com. Feel free to tag as many people as you want in the meantime. You can tag Hillhouse and CaribbeanReads via any of their social media platforms – but you still need to email the link to submissions@caribbeanreads.com. Check caribbeanreads.com and https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com for more details (oh, you’re already here).

You must be based in Antigua and Barbuda to participate. And remember this is part of the Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Reading Challenge. So, you know what you have to do first: read…and remember, get creative and have fun with it.

1 Comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Links We Love, Wadadli Pen News

Well, lookah here, lookah here!

The Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Reading Challenge just got real!

flyer final

This is part of the larger Challenge. So, yes, if you’re taking the Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Reading Challenge you’re eligible for this prize. You’ll note that if you’re outside the window of people (5 to 15) eligible for the Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Reading Challenge you may still be eligible for this prize. You just have to be resident in Antigua and Barbuda. I gotta admit I’m psyched to see what you guys come up with in response to this challenge, which really is a challenge to your creativity.

Excited!

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS

Oops just found this sitting in Drafts

..I really need to stop putting stuff there. SMH.

Anyway…

Just thought I’d share a couple of images from my engagement with six graders at Hillside Christian School, one of my St. Martin Book Fair pre-activities.

20150604_091852_resized

20150604_100323_resized

Clearly, it was fun – fielding their questions, reading from Musical Youth.

as I read from Musical Youth

Between my schools tour here in Antigua earlier this year, and school stops in St. Croix and Anguilla (well, a library stop in the case of Anguilla but students from all the schools on island were there) it’s been a blessing of opportunities to introduce young people to Zahara and Shaka. They always respond with enthusiasm to read more so, fingers crossed that bookstores on all the named countries order the book.

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Caribbean Plus Lit News, Links We Love, Literary Gallery

CUSHION CLUB-WADADLI YOUTH PEN PRIZE FIRST EVER SUMMER READING CHALLENGE BOOK LIST

Update of Updates! Caribbean Reads, publisher of Musical Youth has got in on the action with its challenge within a challenge, especially for teens (12 to 18). Show your creativity. Show your social media savvy. But first, read Musical Youth then express your opinion, creatively.
flyer final

Additional Update! Also on board is Cindy’s Bookstore located in the Mega Mall on All Saints Road. They, too, are offering a 20 percent discount for anyone purchasing a book from the reading list who indicates that they’re “accepting the challenge”.

Update! The Cushion Club Wadadli Pen Summer Reading List has been updated with additional recommendations courtesy the Best of Books. The list includes their Caribbean Teen Summer pick Haiti-based In Darkness by  Nick Lake and Antigua-Barbuda Teen Summer pick, Musical Youth, a finalist for the Burt Award, by Joanne C. Hillhouse. When you go in to purchase your books for the reading list, be sure to let them know you’re “accepting the challenge” for a possible 20 percent discount.  Thanks to both Map Shop and the Best of Books for their assistance with compiling this list.

The Challenge – go through the CUSHION CLUB WADADLI PEN SUMMER READING LIST 2015, select the books you want to read, get and read as many of those books as you can or want to, write a short (very short) paragraph about your favourite character or something you liked about the book; submit complete list and mini-reviews to cushionclub@yahoo.com at the end of August 2015. You must be resident in Antigua and Barbuda and aged 5 to 15 to participate. Please indicate your age and contact information when submitting. To be considered for a prize, you must have read a MINIMUM of three books including one by an Antiguan-Barbudan author, one by a Caribbean author, and one international. We encourage you to borrow and share books when you can, and/or purchase from local bookstores (including Map Shop which assisted with compiling this list) as able. Some of the books are available for loan from the Cushion Club; call 722-7719 to follow up on that. DO NOT email re borrowing books, call only, please! Email cushionclub@yahoo.com ONLY to send your list and mini-reviews at the end of summer and be considered for a prize. Yes, there’s a prize; maybe even prizes! Not the least of which is the fun reading adventure you’re about to embark on. Parental Advisory: 5 to 15 cuts a wide swath. While all books are chosen for their literary merit and appeal to the target age group, some deal with more ‘grown up’ themes (sexuality, death etc.) and while deemed appropriate for older readers are not necessarily appropriate for younger readers, others may require guided reading and interaction between child/teen and parent; parents, please be guided accordingly.
About the Cushion Club
About Wadadli Pen
CUSHION CLUB WADADLI PEN SUMMER READING LIST 2015
CUSHION CLUB WADADLI PEN SUMMER READING LIST 2015 media release

musical_youth_nov1-e1415925946338(cover art by Bajan artist Sheena Rose)Untitledgenesis 2carlong publisherssnakethesunisquietdancing grannybeautiful blackbirdrachelcollismoko3cadriel200px-CharlotteWeb33137jasoncole

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Literary Gallery

Musical Youth – Favourite Bit

Mary Robinette Kowal, a former client and an award winning American writer, hosted me recently on her website to share my favourite bit of Musical Youth. See what I said, here.

OfNobleFamily-400-220x328MUSICAL_YOUTH_Nov1

Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to a new feature over at my author site, First Pages, where you’ll find First Pages of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, one of the stories from the second half of the 10th Edition of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad! and 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,  Fish Outta Water, Oh Gad!, and Musical Youth). 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. And using any creative work without crediting the creator will open you up to legal action. Respect copyright.

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Caribbean Plus Lit News, Links We Love, Literary Gallery

What’s Happening

Heather Doram's Moonlight on Butterflies, currently featured in the October 2014 issue of Tongues of the Ocean - the Antigua and Barbuda edition.

Heather Doram’s Moonlight on Butterflies, currently featured in the October 2014 issue of Tongues of the Ocean – the Antigua and Barbuda edition.

ART AT THE RIDGE is hosting an art exhibition preview evening on Friday 28 November 2014 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Sugar Club (Sugar Ridge). An exciting collection of new paintings by a select group of artists, including: Heather Doram Jane Seagull Nicholas Hadeed Sarah Sabin Debbie Bruschi Glenroy Aaron

Glenroy Aaron created the cover art for my book Musical Youth.

Glenroy Aaron created the cover art for my book Musical Youth.

Gordon Webster Tel: 728 1558 Email : ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com Address : Sugar Ridge Village, PO Box 84 Jolly Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda Web page: www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge

***                                                ********                       *******                                                  ***

UPDATED!!!!!! FROM THE ANTIGUA DANCE ACADEMY FACEBOOK PAGE: POSTPONED due to the gardens being too wet….sorry folks we will set a new date as soon as the grounds are dried out enough.

Meanwhile the Antigua Dance Academy has announced plans for Bring Yuh Drum and Come: ADA ***                                                ********                       *******                                                  ***

Also just in time for Christmas, two new books from Caribbean Reads Publishing – my young adult, a 2014 finalist for the Burt Award, Musical Youth and new collection of Caribbean Christmas stories, poems, and more, Round My Christmas Tree which includes my story Breaking with Tradition and writing by another Antiguan and Barbudan Carel Hodge. Christmas

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, Links We Love, Literary Gallery

Musical Youth launched…and some other stuff happened :-)

turnout

I launched my latest book Musical Youth with a reading, November 21st, at the Best of Books.

It was a treat for me to be able to include some of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge finalists in that event, merging my literary activities with my literary advocacy. I enjoyed hearing them read. Here are some highlights:

Asha Graham, who took the main prize in both 2013 and 2014, read from her most recent winning piece LaJabless (use the search feature to the right to read it if you haven't yet and would like to).

Asha Graham, who took the main prize in both 2013 and 2014, read from her most recent winning piece LaJabless (use the search feature to the right to read it if you haven’t yet and would like to).

Alexandra Spence was an honourable mention in the 18 to 35 category of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge. She read her story Why did I get Punished? At the launch, and received a copy of my book Musical Youth as a token of my thanks. (Read her story by using the search feature to the right).

Alexandra Spence was an honourable mention in the 18 to 35 category of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge. She read her story Why did I get Punished? At the launch, and received a copy of my book Musical Youth as a token of my thanks. (Read her story by using the search feature to the right).

CODE, publisher Caribbean Reads, and me contributed copies of Musical Youth to the Public Library; here I am presenting those copies to the library representative.

CODE, publisher Caribbean Reads, and me contributed copies of Musical Youth to the Public Library; here I am presenting those copies to the library representative.

Here I am reading…so cool to have this image of me reading from my latest book Musical Youth while standing under a banner of one of my other books Oh Gad!

Here I am reading…so cool to have this image of me reading from my latest book Musical Youth while standing under a banner of one of my other books Oh Gad!

And here I am signing copies for readers like local attorney E. Ann Henry.

And here I am signing copies for readers like local attorney E. Ann Henry.

All in all, it was a wet but good night…big thanks to all who came out.

All in all, it was a wet but good night…big thanks to all who came out.

I want to say thanks to the Best of Books, the Public Library, and audience members like Kimolisa Mings for the pictures; thanks to Best of Books for hosting, Glen Toussaint for MC-ing and Wadadli Pen alums Margaret Irish, Asha Graham, and Alexandra Spence for participating. I want to say thanks to everyone who came out…was especially happy to see my Cushion Club folks and to give them and the library copies of the book…and floored by a personal written thank you from one of my former Cushion Club kids, not a kid anymore, now a young lady striding toward her dreams and giving me way too much credit for any part in that (though I am happy if I’ve had any sort of positive influence on her journey).

With my Cushion Club folks. The Cushion Club reading club for kids meets Saturdays at the University Centre between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

With my Cushion Club folks. The Cushion Club reading club for kids meets Saturdays at the University Centre between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

I just want to add that the night before the launch I was awarded the 2014 Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award. And the day after the launch I had the opportunity to lead two days of CODE sponsored workshop; perfect bookends to a literary highlight. I didn’t see the award coming and the workshop went better than I’d dared hope. I am thankful for both. And I am so thrilled at the release of this book which placed second earlier this year for the inaugural BURT award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature, a prize sponsored by CODE which is a Canadian non-profit. Musical Youth – which begs the question “Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime?” – is published by CaribbeanReads Publishing. CaribbeanReads has also just released Round My Christmas Tree, a seasonal anthology, featuring writers from around the region including, from Antigua, me and Carel Hodge. Give T’anks.

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, Fish Outta Water, Musical Youth, and Oh Gad!).  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 the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, are okay, lifting content (words, images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

2 Comments

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Caribbean Plus Lit News, Links We Love, Literary Gallery, The Business, Wadadli Pen News, Workshop

New Book Selfie

My new book Musical Youth is here in Antigua - it's been on Amazon in kindle and paperback form since earlier this month. I've got a reading at 7 p.m. on Friday 21st November 2014 at the Best of Books...and I'm excited to report that I'm going to be sharing the spotlight with some of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge winners.

My new book Musical Youth is here in Antigua – it’s been on Amazon in kindle and paperback form since earlier this month. I’ve got a reading at 7 p.m. on Friday 21st November 2014 at the Best of Books…and I’m excited to report that I’m going to be sharing the spotlight with some of the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge winners.

WIN_20141119_164553 WIN_20141119_164548

Leave a comment

Filed under A & B Lit News Plus, A & B WRITINGS, Caribbean Plus Lit News, Literary Gallery