Monday, 18 April 2016

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: A novelist takes us fishing, an acclaimed poet returns, and a business icon reflects

Kingston Buttercup by Ann-Margaret Lim
Given the wide-ranging acclaim that greeted her debut anthology, The Festival of Wild Orchids, it’s only natural that Ann-Margaret Lim return to thrill her readers with more from where that came from, while proving that the Festival slam-dunk was no fluke. Reteaming with Peepal Tree Press, the award-winning poetess offers Kingston Buttercup, her sophomore collection (going on sale in July), which has been described as “a work of fierce honesty, social awareness and lyrical complexity.” This time around, Lim draws on plantation diaries, slave sale notices and multigenerational stories from her own family, spanning China, West Africa, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. But, at their core, Lim’s verses are rooted in contemporary Jamaica.

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay
From Dog War to Huracan and the myriad short stories in between, Diana McCaulay has never held back from bringing to the page the conflicted characters and complex issues that have lately captured her gaze, however polarizing. A compelling storyteller, she has a way of dazzling her readers with beautifully written prose, while sobering them up with thought-provoking messages. Expect a bit of both in her latest offering, Gone to Drift (Papillote Press), a short story that eventually mushroomed into a full-length work, which has already picked up a couple of award mentions. It’s the story of Lloyd, a boy from a Jamaican fishing village who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when his grandfather, a veteran fisherman, goes missing at sea. With the aid of some colourful folks, Lloyd sets out to find him. Critics at home and abroad hail Gone to Drift as a powerful novel, in which the young hero discovers that the enemies of his beloved grandpa – and the Caribbean Sea that he loves – are closer than he could ever imagine.

The Business of Nation Building by Douglas Orane
There’s nothing like hearing from a highly respected achiever who’s been there and done that. So you can understand why Douglas Orane’s retirement peace offering, The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane, is a much-welcomed addition to TALLAWAH’s virtual bookshelf. A man who’s all about empowerment and moving Jamaica forward, Orane (best known for his 30-year tenure at GraceKennedy Limited, retiring as CEO in 2011) taps into the active social conscience and leverages his position as an industry leader to highlight the possibilities for a future Jamaican society. As his publishers attest, “in Business, Orane’s voice rings loud and clear and his passion for country and prescription for its ills are exemplary.”

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