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Kingston Book Festival 2014

Kingston Book Festival 2014

The 2014 edition of the Kingston Book Festival is set to kick off on Saturday, March 1 and continues through Sunday, March 9. This year’s Kingston Book Fest marks the start of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which will continue throughout the year. As a result, the book fair, previously one of the festival’s signature events, has been shifted and will take place close to the BIAJ’s actual anniversary date, July 13.

However, festival chair, Kellie Magnus, is promising that KBF 2013 will serve up a slate of high calibre offerings. The festival opens with two events courtesy of the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The first is the launch of Robert Antoni’s As Flies to Whatless Boys and the second Love Affair With Literature III.

Both events will be serving two masters, pulling double duty as the start of the KBF 2014 as well as the department’s commemoration of March as Literatures in English Month. As Flies to Whatless Boys, will get it’s introduction to Jamaica on March 1, at 3:00 pm at Bookland in New Kingston. 

This year’s Love Affair With Lit will take on a more Caribbean flavour. Antoni will bring the spices of Trinidad and Tobago while playwright and poet Kendel Hippolyte will add more than a dash of St. Lucia. Novelist Erna Brodber (current Writer in Residence at UWI) and poets Monica Minott and Richard ‘Dingo’ Dingwall represent the Jamaican contingent.

KBF 2014 will continue to serve up events for those who peddle in the pen as well as those who simply love to bask in the word. So in collaboration with the Canadian NGO CODE, the Kingston Book Fest will be the staging a workshop on writing for children and young adults featuring Canada’s Richard Scrimger and Jamaica’s Diane Brown. The two day workshop takes place March 6 - 7, 2014, and will be housed at the Spanish Court Hotel. The workshop is linked to the inaugural staging of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature and is a part of a triad of such events to be staged in Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

This years Kingston Book Fest will also feature the Look Behind the Book Tour (coordinated by Jamaica Cultural Tours) as well as The National Library of Jamaica’s open day event on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. There will also be a Book Mixer featuring readings and discussions on Saturday, March 8, and the festival culminates with the Kingston City Run on Sunday, March 9. 

The Kingston Book Festival is in its third year and is staged by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica.