PLAY ON: "We are basking in the glory of a well-received remount of Not About Eve these past two weekend," shares the hardworking team, via Facebook, of Braata Productions. "Now we shift our attention to the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina this coming week. Representing Caribbean theatre, representing Jamaica." The award-winning Karl Williams family drama played to packed houses in Brooklyn from July 12-14 and in Queens July 19-21. With reason to smile (from left), Andrew Clarke, Jeff Anderson-Gunter and Karl Williams are pictured at Eve's recent opening at the National Black Theatre Festival. Anderson-Gunter's Speak of Me As I Am: Paul Robeson will also form part of the production that will bring the festival to a close this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
AWARD WORTHY: The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) is gearing up for the 12th staging of the National Book Awards, with some 65 entries vying for prizes in 13 categories. This year, the Readers' Choice Award has yielded 22 entries in four categories. Eleven writers make up the Adult Creative Writing category, "These entries signify the continued vibrancy of the Jamaican publishing industry despite these trying economic times and marks the commitment of our sector to building the nation," explains BIAJ Chairman, Dr. Norman Marshall. "The book industry is an important part of Jamaica's creative sector, and these creative sectors, with the right levels of investment and commitment, can lead the way for economic growth in Jamaica."