SHOW TIME: Awards season has slipped into high gear buoyed by momentum from actors and directors all jostling for consideration for the big prizes due to be handed out mere weeks from now. Still, December will be a mixed bag, spanning blockbuster epics (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and prize-baiting, high-wire dramas (August: Osage County) starring a galaxy of heavyweights led by Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and Julia Roberts.
PAGE BY PAGE: Great literary titles always make for great stocking stuffers. That's why we're heartily recommending that you invest in new Caribbean releases like Prof. Eddie Baugh's latest anthology, Black Sand: New & Selected Poems, full of nuance and lyrical glamour. Among the other worthy options: track superstar Usain Bolt's Faster Than Lightning, a personal account of his life so far, and veteran journalist Ian Boyne's compulsively readable Ideas Matter.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD: From a hardworking culinary squad-on-a-mission, led by Jacqui Tyson and Leisha Wong, Kingston Kitchen remains a terrific reason for foodies, friends and family to flock to Hope Gardens for the richly diverse fare on offer at the increasingly popular event. Combining good food and a great, big outdoor setting, this month's "Christmas Grand Market" (December 14) will deliver everything from live cooking demos to a kiddies' village to musical entertainment. Log on to kingstonkitchenja.com for more details.