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Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings Cops American Book Award

Marlon James wins 2015 American Book Award

Marlon James’ epic third novel A Brief History of Seven Killings has landed him among the list of winners on the 2015 American Book Awards.  An award from writers celebrating other writers and without the borders of categories to define the works, the Am

Erna Brodber Presents Something Big With 'Nothing's Mat'

Dr, Erna Brodber author of Nothing's Mat

Nothing’s Mat, the newest novel from the pen of Dr. Erna Brodber recently made its debut. Dr. Brodber’s reading revealed a novel that might be slight in size but seems to be offering up weighty in its content.

Talking Trees 2015: A Few Fine Moments But Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Lorna Goodison closes off Talking Trees 2015

The Labour Day weekend journey from Kingston, through the hills of Manchester and winding down to the St. Elizabeth seaside has become a tradition for many of Jamaica‘s lit lovers. Usually, its to get to the Calabash Literary Festival, which is now unfortunately biennial.

Claudia Rankine Makes 2015 PEN Open Book Shortlist

Claudia Rankine's Citlizen is shortlisted for 2015 PEN Open Book Award

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (Graywolf Press) continues to mine literary acclaim, making it to the shortlist of the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, one of the slate of prizes in the PEN Literary Awards.

Peppers Gives Off Steam with Late Night Lit

(photo by Marcus Golding) Steaming poetry & prose resounded at Late Night Lit

As a part of the recently concluded Kingston Book Fest 2015 the embryonic Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) gathered a pool of literary talent that caused the Peppers Lounge to Sizzle with the event Late Night Lit.

Owen Blakka Ellis Revels in 'Riddim & Riddles' With New Collection

Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Owen Blakka Ellis at the launch of Riddim and Riddles

What a time to be a Jamaican. Although the country might be failing in many areas, the creative industries are in their prime and have been brewing a cultural paradigm shift that could change the common perspective on Jamaican art.

Claudia Rankine and Marlon James - Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

Marlon James and Claudia Rankine

Jamaican writers, poet Claudia Rankine (Citizen: An American Lyric) and novelist Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings) are among the list of 30 finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 20

Limbo, Limbo Like Me

Esther Figeroa

The short, silver-haired, impish lady steps into the bookshop. She has an air of adventure about her – maybe it’s the cargo pants and wind-tousled hair. When she removes her sunglasses to greet me her eyes sparkle with the same adventurous glow.

Kei Miller Launches 2014 Prize-Winning Books in Jamaica

Kei Miller Launches two 2014 prize-winning titles in Jamaica

Jamaican audiences are set to feast on a double serving of Kei Miller’s writing with the launch of his two latest collections Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies and The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion on Sunday December 21, 2014 at

Writers Unite: Jamaican Writers Society to be Launched

Jamaica’s literary landscape is about to get a little bite with the formation an association of writers dubbed the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS). JaWS is intended to be an inclusive professional society, for writers working across varied media and genres.

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