Thursday, 20 October 2016

CULTURE VULTURE: J’ca Food & Drink Fest returns + Fraser-Pryce recounts her ‘Journey’ + Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Lit Prize

LYRICAL GENIUS: The Nobel Prize for Literature hasn’t been awarded to an American since Toni Morrison (Beloved, The Bluest Eye) took home the world’s highest literary honour in 1993. But the 2016 winner isn’t just any American scribe. The prize has been awarded to “the other Bob”, rock musician and poet Bob Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions with the great American song tradition.” The 75-year-old Dylan, dubbed the most iconic poet-musician of his generation, is known for songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin,” which became anthems of the US anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. Dylan, who won a Best Original Song Oscar in 1971 for “Things Have Changed” has impacted everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran with his towering influence. News of his Nobel Prize achievement inspired a wave of strong reactions within literary circles and elsewhere. Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children) welcomed the news as a “great choice”, hailing Dylan as “the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition.”

BON APETIT! The island’s rich culinary tradition got a jolt of flavour last year with the arrival of the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, which returns to tantalize taste buds across the capital from Oct. 26-30, ahead of next month’s renewal of Kingston Restaurant Week. The festival’s can’t-miss feast of activities (“Drink-Nyam-Jam”) include Pork-a-Palooza (Oct. 26) at the Hope Botanical Gardens; Crisp (Oct. 27) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel; Vintage (Oct. 27) at Address Privé; Stix & Stones (Oct. 28) at The Ruins, Mona Visitors’ Lodge; Meat Street (Oct. 28 and 29) at Barbican Beach; Picanté (Oct. 29) at Kingston Polo Club and Brunch at the Gallery (Oct. 30) at the National Gallery of Jamaica. To get more info on the 2016 staging of this foodie fest, log on to

CHAPTERS OF HER STORY: Usain Bolt has already published two bestsellers (9.58: My Story and Faster than Lightning) and Chris Gayle recently launched his first literary release, Six Machine, so it was only a matter of time before the world’s fastest woman followed suit and made her literary debut. Yes, Shelly-Ann ‘Pocket Rocket’ Fraser-Pryce is gearing up to release Pryceless Journey, a memoir that chronicles the struggles and triumphs that accompanied her meteoric rise in the ubercompetitive world of track-and-field, some of the valuable life lessons she’s learned along the way, and her advice for the up-and-comers following in her footsteps. Due to be published before year-end, Pryceless Journey emerged out of a series of sit-down interviews the sprint queen gave to author and Profile host Ian Boyne. It will be released by Pelican Publishers. Says Fraser-Pryce, “I want people to read this book and be inspired by the personal determination that led to my Olympic success and realize that you can accomplish your goals, no matter where you’re from.”

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