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Miami Book Fair: ReadCaribbean 2017

Trinidad Noir: The Classics
Saturday, November 18 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographic area of the book. Now, two of Trinidad’s top writers masterfully curate this literary retrospective of the nation’s best writing over the past century. With co-editor of the collection, Robert Antoni, and contributors Barbara Jenkins, Shani Mootoo, and Elizabeth Nunez.

Caribbean Voices in Circulation
Saturday, November 18 @ 2:30 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

This panel emphasizes the power and imperativeness of allowing voices from the Caribbean to be heard as widely as possible. The circulation of Caribbean voices as featured here pertains, among many things, to: 1) the translation of Caribbean’s literary giants, female and male, into English (both past and present); and, 2) to what has happened when voices from Caribbean have defied odds to be heard. With Kaiama Glover, Aliyyah Eniath Hosein, Helen Klonaris, and Kei Miller.

Mervyn Morris in Conversation with Kwame Dawes
Moderated by Geoffrey Philp
Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00 pm
Room 8301 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris presents half a century of poetry with an intense musicality in Peelin Orange: Collected Poems, reinventing how universals can inhere in the local, the incarnation in a Caribbean setting. Kwame Dawes’s City of Bones: A Testament haunts us with its own musicality, from the drum to reggae to the blues to jazz to gospel. Moderated by poet, novelist, and playwright Geoffrey Philp. In English, with simultaneous interpretation into Haitian Creole. 

Poets from Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad
Sunday, November 19 @ 2:30 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Shara McCallum’s fifth poetry book, Madwoman, explores the world of relationships, race, and colonialism through the lens of her Jamaican womanhood. Canouan Suite and Other Pieces reflects Philip Nanton’s storytelling humor, setting text in creative tension with Caribbean artwork. In Voices Carry, Mervyn Taylor presents poems that travelers unpack like suitcases from Pakistan, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, far from what used to be home.

Poets Who Write Toward Freedom
Saturday, November 18 @ 10:00 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Poet Gustavo Adolfo Aybar explores baseball in his poetry collection, We Seek Asylum, as an allegorical meditation on the battle for the soul of the Dominican Republic. Actor, writer, and poet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection, bone, details her experiences as a first-generation black British woman working through abuse, vulnerability, and redemption. Poet and performer Aja Monet’s My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter is an ode to mothers, daughters, sisters tackling gentrification, genocide, and grief. In Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting, Shivanee Ramlochan’s crosses boundaries of genre, gender, and religion with such figures as Trinidad’s Duenne, the Hindu god Kali, and Milton’s Lilith. 

The ReadCaribbean programmes were created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy, Ayiti Images, Consulat Général de France à Miami, Bocas Literary Festival and ReadJamaica, with the support of the Green Family Foundation.

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