Monday, 15 October 2012

NEWS + NOTES: Meeting Obama was an honour, reports Vasciannie

TOUR OF DUTY: Among the numerous highlights of Dr. Stephen Vasciannie’s stint as Jamaica’s man in Washington so far has been the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Commander-in-chief Barack Obama. “That was the single most memorable occasion of my stint so far,” the ambassador informs The Sunday Observer. “He met my family and me… We exchanged info about various government initiatives on either side, with Jamaica reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between Jamaica and the United States... It was an honour to meet the President, and we had a good, pleasant exchange with relatively little nervousness on either side. He also showed a breadth of knowledge about Jamaican issues and seemed keenly interested in the Olympics.” Vasciannie lives in Washington with wife, Lisa, and their two boys, Sean and Dominique

LITERARY GOLD: This year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature is Chinese author Mo Yan, whose notable works include 1993’s Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads (1995) and Breasts & Wide Hips (2004). The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the prestigious award annually hailed Yan for the “hallucinatory realism” of his writing, which “merges folk tales, history and contemporary fiction.” 

AWARD WORTHY: As is so often the case, TALLAWAH is happy to report that a handful of our favourite authors, whose latest works were spotlighted as book selections, have earned places among the finalists for the highly coveted National Book Award in the States (fiction and non-fiction). Hearty felicitations to Junot Diaz (This Is How You Lose Her), Kevin Powers (The Yellow Birds), and Anthony Shadid (House of Stone).

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