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Some of the most respected contemporary African-American, Caribbean and Hispanic authors will bring their flavor and literary genius to this year’s 31st edition of the Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), presented by The Center for Writing and Literature @ Miami Dade College (MDC). Award-winning authors JaQuavis Coleman, Richard Blanco, Cecilia M. Fernandez, and K'wan Foye will join a legion of other distinguished writers and present their latest works during the Fair, as well as participate in book signings, readings, and one-on-one discussions.
Teen readers in the Caribbean and the world will have one more book to read this week when the award-winning Musical Youth by Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse is released. The book, which placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, follows one eventful summer in the life of a group of Antiguan teenagers.
Despite the many monumental glass ceilings that have been broken for the equal rights of all citizens in the United States, unique challenges persist for many, including, potentially, half the population, says Trinidad and Tobago-born Jennifer Carroll, the first female – and first black – elected lieutenant governor of Florida and a retired United States Navy lieutenant commander.
A book co-authored by Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, recently received an honorable mention at an award recognizing the commitment of individuals and organizations working in early childhood development in the Caribbean and Latin America.
This remarkable book is actually a historical document which reads like a novel. Stephen Fairweather, a Belizean who now lives in Florida, was researching the early history of Belize, specifically the Battle of St. George’s Cay, when he came upon the original document entitled  ‘The Baymen of Belize’ in the archives of the Royal Commonwealth Society in London.
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