Thursday, 3 October 2019

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Ryan Reid appointed Chairman of Nationwide … Cedella Marley publishes 3rd children’s book … Marlon James among nominees for National Book Award

>> Nationwide News Network has announced it new board of directors who will guide the station into its next chapter as a diversified multimedia and broadcast technology group. Seated at the head of the table is Chairman Ryan Reid, more popularly known as the former General Manager of Proven Wealth-turned-founding President of First Rock Capital Holdings. He is joined by Nationwide CEO Cliff Hughes, André Hutchinson (Caribbean Industrial Systems), Gordon Swaby (Edu-Focal), Howard Mitchell (immediate former PSOJ president), Jean Lowrie-Chin (ProComm), Dr. Marcia Forbes (Phase 3 Productions) and William Mahfood (Wisynco Group).

>> Cedella Marley has written and published her third book. Get Up, Stand Up is for kids aged six to eight years and carries illustrations by creative collaborator John Jay Cabuay. According to Cedella, the book’s message, just like the Bob Marley song that bears its title, is both timeless and universally resonant. “It is an anthem for all those who struggle,” she says, “and a call for change with a message that continues to inspire anyone who hears it.” One Love and Every Little Thing are Cedella Marley’s previous publications for young readers.

>> Come October 8, we’ll know if Marlon James is a finalist for the National Book Award. James’ critically acclaimed fourth novel – Black Leopard, Red Wolf, has made the top-10 longlist, which will be whittled down to a final five next week. Reminiscent of the stellar success of his Booker Prize-winning opus A Brief History of Seven Killings, the praise for Black Leopard has been superlative, with Entertainment Weekly raving, “This is a revolutionary book… astonishingly realized.” The overall winner of the 2019 National Book Award will be announced in New York on November 20.

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