BOOK SMART: "We are extending the usual series of activities that we do," reveals Kellie Magnus, Chair of the Kingston Book Festival and Publishing Director of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), now in its 25th year. As one of the ways to mark the milestone, Magnus says the KBF and the BIAJ are partnering with Carib Lit to conduct a Caribbean Readers Survey in Kingston this week. "It's important for readers to partner with the publishing and book-selling communities. It's critical for us to know what the preferences are," she says. The results of the survey will be posted online at cariblit.org. To learn more visit facebook.com/kingstonbookfestival.
IN MOTION: By far one of the most keenly anticipated items on the annual Philip Sherlock Centre International Arts Festival roster, the Jamaica Dance Umbrella extravaganza assembles the most outstanding companies in local dance theatre for a weekend of enthralling presentations. But this year's instalment (March 7-9) will get a healthy serving of international flavour thanks to the promised appearances by dance ensembles from Guadeloupe, Seattle, Canada and the United Kingdom.
CLARITY & FOCUS: A follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, Def Jam and Baby Phat mogul Russell Simmons is returning to bookshelves this month with Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple (Gotham Books), in which the living legend illustrates how to use stillness and meditation as powerful tools for harnessing one's full potential, even as he demonstrates the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with successful leaders, movers and shakers in various industries.