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ReadCaribbean Brings Caribbean Literary Massive to Miami Book Fair 2016

ReadCaribbean brings over 50 Caribbean writers to 2016 Miami Book Fair

The 2016 staging of the Miami International Book Fair will have a massive influx of Caribbean writers as the new ReadCaribbean initiative results in over 50 writers from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean participating in this year’s festival. While Jamaica and Trinidad account for much of the English-speaking literary massive, Haitian writers make up the bulk of authors and poets from the French Caribbean while Cuban writers account for much of the Spanish. 

The impressive slew of writers include Edwidge Danticat (Untwine, Brother, I’m Dying, and Claire of the Sea Light), Olive Senior (The Pain Tree, Summer Lightning, and Dancing Lessons), André Alexis (15 Dogs, Ingrid and the Wolf and The Hidden Keys), Elizabeth Nunez (Even in Paradise), Tanya Shirley (She Who Sleeps With Bones and The Merchant of Feathers), Sharon Millar (The Whalehouse and Other Stories), Garfield Ellis (The Angel’s Share, For Nothing At All, and Such as I Have), Geoffrey Philp (Letter From Marcus Garvey, Uncle Obadiah and the Aliens, and Dubwise), and Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun). 

The line-up also features several up and coming short story writers, novelists, and poets. These include Rhoda Bharath and Shivanee Ramlochan out of Trinidad, A-dZiko Simba Gegele of Jamaica and Imam Baksh of Guyana. 

While many of the authors will be reading on panels with authors from elsewhere, the 2016 line-up also includes several panels particularly focused on Caribbean writers and writing. 

On Saturday, these Caribbean focused panels include a discussion of the politics of pleasure featuring Donna Aza Weir-Soley, Anjanette Delgado, Fabienne Josaphat, Katia D. Ulysse (12:00 pm), a foray into the short story form featuring Olive Senior, Sharon Millar and Rhoda Bharath (1:30pm) as well as focus on new Jamaican writing with Geoffrey Philp, Tanya Shirley, A-dZiko Simba Gegele and Garfield Ellis (4:30 pm).

While much of the Caribbean content will be focused on adult audiences, young adults will also a taste of contemporary Caribbean writing through readings from two first place winners of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature - Simba Gegele (All Over Again, 2014) and Imam Baksh (Children of the Spider, 2015). Both authors will be reading on Sunday, November 20, 2016)

Other voices to pay attention to at the festival include a slow rising star in the world of poetry Safiya Sinclair whose debut collection Cannibal has begun racking up prizes as well as fellow Jamaicans Ishion Hutchinson, Donna Aza Weir-Soley and Jacqueline Bishop. Additionally, Douglas Orane will be discussing the business of nation building with Marlon Hill on Sunday at 1:00pm.

The 2016 Miami International Book Festival takes place November 13 - 20, at the Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus) in Downtown Miami. The ReadCaribbean element of the book fair was created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy, ReadJamaica, and the Bocas Lit Fest and is sponsored by the Green Family Foundation and the Knight Foundation.