Tuesday, 16 July 2019

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: Ken Boothe on the record / Michael Manley’s ‘Truth’ / PEP guidebooks for students

>> His name is synonymous with hits like “Train is Coming,” “Artibella” and “Everything I Own,” and after 30 albums and over 50 years in the music industry, reggae/lover’s rock legend Kenneth (‘Ken’) George Boothe is still going strong at age 71. In My Iconic Musical Journey, a candid new memoir from Pageturner Publishing (penned with biographer Karl Larmond), the celebrated vocalist traces his journey from his humble Denham Town roots to becoming a globally famous recording artiste.

>> Ian Randle Publishers struck gold when Michael Manley’s widow, Glynne, approached them with a series of tapes featuring her late husband speaking candidly in an interview she conducted with him back in 1997. This month brings Truth Be Told: Michael Manley in Conversation, a compendium of “the uncensored thoughts and opinions” of the former Jamaican prime minister. Says Glynne Manley, “This was his one chance to set the record straight. He needed to challenge some of the misconceptions and downright lies that had been told about him.” 

>> Spotlight on PEP books! 
As school officials, parents and their children continue to analyse the results of the inaugural sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams – and prepare for next year, local publishing houses are poised to start churning out more guidebooks for teachers and students. Among those already available: PEP for Winners – Mathematics (Volumes 1 and 2), a practice question workbook assembled by Dr. Dwight Berry (Webster’s Writing Lab) and Just Think: Grades 5 and 6 Ability Tests, compiled by a team of experienced Jamaican educators.

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