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Hilary Mantel Cops Man Booker Prize 2012 with Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel winner of Man Booker Prize 2012

And then there was one. After carving through a list of 145 novels and eventually whittling it down to a shortlist of six, the judges of the Man Booker Prize named Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies winner of the 2012 prize. And there the plot thickens.

Tearful Launch for Dalton Yap Memoir

Dalton and Pauline Yap shed tears

Kingston, Jamaica: The memoir A Matter of Conduct by Dalton Yap received a tearful launch at the Dragon Court Restaurant on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Musgrave Awards for Professor Baugh and Calabash

Professor Edward Baugh and the Calabash International Literary Festival will be among the 14 recipients of Musgrave Medals this year.

Shara McCallum: - On Finding Home and Avoiding Narcissism

Shara McCallum and Kei Miller at the 2012 Bocas Literary Festival

Poetry is often intensely personal business, an intimate dissection of the heart and mind. Yet for Shara McCallum, poetry requires more than the personal. To focus only on the personal, she says, will result in a narcissistic, myopic vision.

Jamaican Writers Gear up to Go Digital

Amazon Kindle rests against a stack of print books

Over the past few years digital books have risen from being the underdogs of the print sector to commanding a significant portion of the publishing industry, with digital book sales sometimes outstripping print.

A Taste of Huracan at Redbones

Diana McCaulay reads at Redbones

“I thought I would be able to affect a reclusive mysteriousness. People would ask me for interviews and I’d decline them,” Diana McCaulay told the small audience gathered to hear her read from her novel Huracan, at Redbones the Blues Cafe, recently.

Previously Unpublished Claude McKay Manuscript Found

Portrait of Claude McKay by artist Warren Goodson

Jamaican novelist, poet and political activist Claude McKay got an expected birthday present this year as a previously unpublished manuscript was found and authenticated by two scholars, Columbia graduate student Jean-Christophe Cloutier and his advisor, Brent Hayes Edwards.

Leonie Forbes Autobiography Launched

Leonie Forbes

It is only fitting that the launch for the autobiography of one of the Caribbean’s most stellar actresses take place in a theatre.

Cathy Bryant Writes Worst Sentence of 2012

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Cathy Bryant of Manchester, England, has the wretched dishonour of being dubbed the worst writer of 2012 having copped this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

Jubilation!: Jamaican Independence in Poetry

Jubilation! An anthology of Jamaican poetry edited by Kwame Dawes

Jubilation is the expression of great joy and triumph.