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Impressive Line-up of Caribbean Writers for Brooklyn Book Festival 2016
Several Caribbean voices will be adding the region's multiplicity of accents to the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival line-up which will feature writers from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Virgin Islands during the main festival day (Sunday, September 18, 2016) as well as the massive week of Bookend events that precede the festival.
Participating in several events, the Caribbean line-up (or should we say line-ups) ranges from the iconic to completely new voices. Several of these writers will appear on the second edition of the literary lyme, Readings, Rum and Reasonings presented by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre and Read Jamaica. The literary lyme will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the South Oxford Space in Brooklyn.
Readings, Rum and Reasonings will present writers from five Caribbean countries discussing how society affects writers and how writers shape their societies. The session will feature Barbadian writer Bernice L McFadden (The Book of Harlan and The Gathering of Waters), Trinidad and Tobago’s Elizabeth Nunez (Boundaries and Bruised Hibiscus), Jamaica’s Kellie Magnus (the Little Lion series), Carol Ottley-Mitchell of St. Kitts-Nevis (Adventure at Brimstone Hill) and Guyana’s Imam Baksh (Children of the Spider).
The Bocas Literary Festival will also present a large serving of Caribbean writers. The Bocas bookend event, dubbed Write This in Fire will feature the three winners of the 2016 Bocas Prize accompanied by two newer voices: Olive Senior (The Pain Tree and Summer Lightning), Jacqueline Bishop (The Gymnast and Other Positions), Tiphanie Yanique (Wife and The Land of Love and Drowning), Sharon Millar (The Whale House) and Shivanee Ramlochan
Several of the writers will also be appearing on panels during the main festival.
Baksh, the debut author of the lot, is also one of the featured authors at the festival. Bashk will be on one of the closing sessions of the day, dubbed ‘Get Lost--to Find Yourself’ at 5:00pm at the St. Ann’s School Rotunda. The session will also feature Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) and Brendan Kelly (The Last True Love Story). Olive Senior will lend her voice to the panel ‘Exile, Within and Without’ with Patrice Nganang (Cameroon) and Imraan Coovadia (South Africa) at 11:00 am, while Milar will participate in the 'Brutally Honest: Real World Destruction in Literature' panel at 12:00 noon. McFadden will be a part of the ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up’ panel along with Charles Bock and Elizabeth Crane. The session, exploring how writers borrow from their own lives will be hosted by Tiphanie Yanique and takes place at 2:00pm.
Jamaican writer Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun) is also listed among the writers being featured during the festival. Dennis-Benn will be appearing on one of the culminating panels on Sunday, in the session 'On Identity and Sexuality'. The panel exploring how discrimination can shape identity will begin at 5:00pm.
The Brooklyn Book Festival, New York’s largest independent bookfest, is slated to take over Borough Hall on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Read Jamaica and Caribbean Reads will also have books on sale and author signings during the Sunday event. The Bookend events begin September 12, 2016 and runs throughout the week.