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Ian Randle and Valerie Facey Honoured at BIAJ National Book Awards 2013

Dr. Valerie Facey accepts a Special Award for contributions to publishing

Jamaica’s book industry paid homage to two stalwarts among their number at the 2013 staging of the National Book Awards, orchestrated by the The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ). Veteran publisher Ian Randle, founder of Ian Randle Publishers the company to which he loaned his name and legacy was given the prestigious Trailblazer Award while Dr. Valerie Facey of the Mill Press was also honoured with a Special Award.

The event, staged at the latest architectual leviathan at the University of the West Indies, Mona, the Medical Faculty's Teaching and Research Complex was ably hosted by comedian Michael Abrahams who kept the evening light and reasonably energized with his humour, often delivered in narrative poetry. Abrahams particularly delighted with his tribute to Tessanne Chin.Michael Abarahams the evening's affable host

Of course, Randle (who was off the island and therefore absent from the event) and Facey were not the only ones able to tote home trophies celebrating their achievement. The biennial awards had explored 53 trade books, journals, academic texts, text books, children books and magazines published in the last two years weighed them, sifted them and decided which were to be celebrated for their excellence in writing, design and publishing.
Author Roland Watson-Grant makes a presentation to Jamcopy's Nordia Young
Entries had been submitted from 29 publishers, which chief judge, Ross Sheil noted, included several self-publishers. Along with publishing awards, which were presented in 14 categories, and decided by a jury, the night also featured the Readers Choice Awards where the public weighed in on their favourites.

The nights winners including text book giants Carlong publishing, and established academic publishers Ian Randle and the UWI Press, however, small presses such Blue Moon Publishing, Spencer Kennedy Concept Limited, and M&M Media also got their chance to shine as did self publishers Becky T. Books, Chenelle Taylor and Richie Drenz.

The National Book Awards 2013 were held on Thursday, December 5, 2013.


  1. Children’s Chapter Book: No Boy Like Amanda written by Hope Barnett (Publisher: Becky T. Books)
  2. Children’ Picture Book: Please Don’t Touch My Tomato by Cecile Levee (Publisher: Spencer Kennedy Concept Limited)
  3. Children’s Cover, Trade Book: Bolo the Monkey by Jonathan Burke (Cover Design: Michael Robinson and Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers)
  4. Children’s CRaymond Mair shares a drink and a laugh prior to his win of Best Adult Creative Writing (poetry)over, Textbook: Gateway to Literacy by Hyacinth Bennett (cover design and publisher: Carlong Publishers Caribbean)
  5. Secondary Level Textbook: Carlong Economics for CSEC with SBA, Study Guide and Exercises by Karlene Robinson and Novelette Cooke (Publisher: Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited)
  6. Primary Level Textbook: Gateway to Literacy, Carlong Assessment Papers – Book I Language Arts by Hyacinth Bennett (Publisher: Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited)
  7. Adult Cover: Exotic Teas of the Caribbean and the Rest of the World by Henry I. C. Lowe and Janet V. Lowe (Cover design: Pelican Publishers Limited Publisher: Pelican Publishers Limited)
  8. Adult Creative Writing:
    • Sub Category- Poetry: Shards of Remembering by Raymond Mair (Publisher: M&M Media Limited)
    • Sub Category - Prose: Cascade: A Novel by Barbara Lalla (Publisher: University of the West Indies Press)
  9. Adult Non-Fiction: Proslavery Priest: The Atlantic World of John Lindsay, 1729-1788 by B. W. Higman (Publisher: University of the West Indies Press)
  10. Reference Book: Natural Hazards Atlas of Jamaica by Parris Lyew-Ayee and Rafi Ahmad (Publisher: University of the West Indies Press)
  11. Academic Book: Hope Transformed: A Historical Sketch of the Hope Landscape, St. Andrew, Jamaica 1660-1960 by Veront M. Satchell (Publisher: University of the West Indies Press)
  12. Academic Journal: Caribbean Journal of Social Work, Cols. 8 & 9, December 2010,  Lincoln Williams and John Maxwell, co-editors (Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers Limited)
  13. Trade Magazine: KUYA, Winter 2013 Kaili McDonnough Scott, editor (Publisher: Coldwell Banker Jamaica Realty)

Note:  The original category Adult Creative Writing was divided into two sub categories: Poetry and Prose. The winners of the category were also provided with a trophy and cash award courtesy of JamCopy

Chief Judge, Ross Sheil delivers the Judges Report for the 2013 National Book Awards

  1. Children's Picture Book: Bolo the Monkey by Jonathan Burke, illustrated by Nicolas Martin
  2. Children's Chapter Book: The Turtle Tale by Latoya Newman
  3. Adult Creative Writing: The Heart of Revenge: Erotic Bliss Trilogy by Richie Drenz
  4. Adult Non-Fiction: 50 something Dates with 17 Mr. Wrongs: Lessons from a Dating Repository by Chenelle Taylor

  Ruth Chisholm presents Best Children's Chapter Book Award to Hope Barnett