Wednesday, 11 December 2013

ON THE RADAR: Icons with books in the works + Mona Prep bags shiny pre-50th anniversary gift

CHAPTERS OF THEIR STORY: It's been often stressed that Jamaicans need to write more, especially those in positions of influence who (should) have something of substance to add to the literary culture. So it's kind of heartening to hear that the likes of Dr. Carolyn Cooper and Dr. Barbara Gloudon (pictured above) and Fae Ellington have book projects in the works (in the pre-development stages), according to my hardly-ever wrong sources. While Cooper is putting together a collection of her most hard-hitting (and humourous) newspaper columns from the past decade, both Gloudon and Ellington have opted to reflect on their personal journeys in their respective (make that similar) fields. I'm a huge fan of memoirs so those books, when they do arrive, should make for great stay-up-late reading options. And because we all have a bestseller in us feverishly waiting to see the light of day, I'm intrigued to see what folks will make of veteran lawman and Sting promoter Isaiah Laing's autobiography, The True Story of Jamaica's Supercop, which lands in bookstores later this month. 

HEAD OF THE CLASS: The whiz kids of Mona Preparatory are the 2013 champions of TV J's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz competition, after getting the upper hand against fierce opponents St. Richard's Primary in the recent championship final inside the TVJ Studios. The school, represented by Lee-San Gayle, John-Rhys Waite and identical twins Jevon and Jamar Ivey, has now won the competition thrice out of the last four years. But this year's victory was extra-special, if you ask principal Carol Blanchard. "It's a pre-anniversary gift," she says. "We celebrate our 50th anniversary next year."

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