On the weekend, novelist Diana McCaulay launched her new effort, Huracan (Peepal Tree) at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, UWI Campus. Attendees of the al-fresco affair included Prof. Edward Baugh, Dr. Carolyn Cooper and Annie Paul. Since its release, the book has been picking up nothing but favourable reviews, most recently from Mary Hanna of the Observer’s Bookends. “In this her second novel, McCaulay has created a compelling and powerfully told tale of family history and historical fiction that spans three centuries,” writes Hanna. “It is a gripping read, beautifully balanced and convincingly told.”
Recently departed writer, wit and filmmaker Nora Ephron (1941-2012) got a rather unique sendoff in New York last week. At her memorial service, attended by everyone from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to Rosie O’Donnell and Martin Short, Ephron’s collection of recipes was passed around to the more than 800 mourners, making for a truly sumptuous affair. It’s what Ephron herself had suggested weeks before her passing.
The World Is A High Hill (Ian Randle) is the title of Erna Brodber’s newly-arrived collection of stories centred on the lives of Jamaican women. Described as “engaging and absorbing, yet at once sobering and triumphant,” the collection demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the Jamaican woman, faced with all the trials the high hill of the world presents – at times a steeper climb for some than for others.