Thursday, 1 March 2012
KINGSTON BOOK FESTIVAL: A grand event celebrating 50 years of Jamaican lit
By all appearances, the local literary community is determined to make a sterling contribution to Jamaica’s year-long observance of the Golden Jubilee. To wit, the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) is gearing up to stage the (exciting!) Kingston Book Festival from March 11-17. Culminating with a large book fair at Emancipation Park on Saturday, March 17, the weeklong series of activities will include a church service, book readings at several Kingston venues, an exhibit of rare Jamaican books at the National Library, and a publishing workshop.
The primary objective, organizers explain, is “to bring attention to the breadth and diversity of Jamaican publishing and to celebrate the growth of the local book industry over the last 50 years.”
The book fair is being held in partnership with the Do Good Jamaica Festival and will feature a full day of activities for children: crayon making, robotics, arts and crafts and an appearance by Sesame Street characters – in addition to the reading of popular Jamaican children's books. For the adults, celebrated writers and celebrities will give readings from major fiction and non-fiction works published over the last 50 years. Among the authors whose works will be honoured are the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, Trevor Rhone, Mary Seacole, Claude McKay, Anthony Winkler, Andrea Levy, Malcolm Gladwell and Colin Channer.