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Strong Caribbean Lit Flavour for Brooklyn Book Fest 2015

Brooklyn Bookfest 2015 Gets Strong Caribbean Flavour

The 2015 edition of the Brooklyn Book Festival will get a hearty serving of Caribbean literature with books and readers from across the region. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Brooklyn Book Festival has become the mecca for independent publishers and will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015, with a slate of Bookend events during the preceding week.

The combined efforts of Caribbean Cultural Theatre and Read Jamaica will kickstart the 10th anniversary celebrations with a literary ‘bashment’ of poetry and prose. Dubbed ‘Picture This – Visual and Verbal (Re)Imagining of the Contemporary Caribbean’, will feature readings and a lively discussion about contemporary Caribbean writing, at South Oxford Space on Friday, September 18, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm. 

Picture This will have a strong Jamaican contingent including Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Owen Blakka Ellis (Riddim & Riddles), Kellie Magnus (The Little Lion series), and Tanya Batson-Savage (Pumpkin Belly and Other Stories). The night will also include Trinidad and Tobago’s Keyi-Ogunlade (True Nanny Diaries) and and Antigua’s Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (You Tongue Heavy Like 56).

At the Sunday event, the organizers will also be going ‘big yard’ style, booth with writers and books from across the region. Booth 121 will offer authors under the Read Jamaica, Caribbean Reads and Caribbean Cultural Theatre umbrellas, in what might well turn out to be the biggest likkle booth at the festival. Authors will be passing through to meet readers as well as offer book signings though out the day. 

The Bocas Literary Festival will also be hosting a contingent of winning poets at the Bookend event ‘The Word Is Fresh’ on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Old Stone House. 

The Word Is Fresh will bring a range of emerging Caribbean poets. The event will feature Vladimir Lucien, author of Sounding Ground and winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Literature, Danielle Boodoo-Fortune, winner of the 2015 Hollick-Arvon Prize for Poetry as well as Tiphanie Yanique and Sassy Ross. The night will be hosted by Nicholas Laughlin.

The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events take place from September 14 - 21, 2015 across the borough. BBF 2015 will also host a special event for children on Saturday, September 19, 2015.