“Right now I’m reading for my next project,” iconic writer Olive Senior told TALLAWAH at the festival on the weekend. “It’s something I did many, many years go: research on the Jamaicans who went to build the Panama Canal. It’s lifelong interest of mine…and very much a part of the Jamaican narrative. It’s my current interest.”
“You can tell the readers to look out for my next book, Bringing Culture Back In: New Approaches to Understanding the Dilemmas of Black Youth (Harvard University Press). It’s going to be coming out sometime next year,” asserted Orlando Patterson (pictured with Kwame Dawes, left) when TALLAWAH chatted with him at Jake’s. “The other thing I’m working on is a look at comparing the development trajectories of Jamaica and Barbados. It’s something I’m working on with one of my students.”
On Friday night, while sharing a passage from her sharply observed memoir, Chimamanda Adichie was swarmed by hungry mosquitoes mid-way through her presentation and had to be sprayed with repellant. The Nigerian-bred author (and past Orange Prize winner) managed to finish her stint like a trooper, but she was nowhere to be seen at the readings on Saturday. A chat with one of the festival’s organizers revealed that Adichie was holed up in her hotel room with the hubby. Totally understandable. Essential Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun and That Thing Around Your Neck.