Our annual cookbook issue is fun to put together, but frustrating because of having to make choices--we could devote an entire issue to vegan food. Breakfast cookbooks are strong this year. Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence (Ten Speed, $30) has a delicious Southern twist: Hoecakes with Buttermilk Crema, Roasted Potato and Adobo Frittata, Shrimp Gravy Biscuit Sundae. Michael Zee began arranging breakfasts and photographing them three years ago; the result is SymmetryBreakfast (power House Books, $24.95)--beautiful images and delicious recipes, like Baked Oats with Ginger Beer Bacon, Huevos Divorciados, spicy Shakshuka.
The award-winning pieces of the 2016 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition which are currently being showcased in the competition’s annual island-wide tour have now reached the Western Region, and will be on display throughout the parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland, beginning on Monday November 28.
Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and co-founder of One Book, One Church. She is the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Beacon Press, $19.95).
Music, comedy, cooking demonstrations, art and 500-plus authors are scheduled for Miami Book Fair 2016 this month in South Florida. In addition to Caribbean authors, dozens of writers from Latin America and Spain are scheduled to take part in the “IberoAmerican Authors Program”. Cooking demonstrations will also be staged at Kitchen Stadium at North East Second Avenue and North East Third Street in downtown Miami. Games, food and live performances will be held at the Porch. Storytelling and pop-up fun rooms will be available at Children's Alley. Visit for more information.
Fair launches official Caribbean literary program.  The 33rd Miami Book Fair, to be staged Nov. 13–20 in downtown Miami, Florida, will present “ReadCaribbean”, a series of Caribbean-specific events highlighting the vibrant and diverse literary culture of the region. The program features readings and panel discussions, children’s writers to inspire young readers, storytelling and music, plus publishers at the “Street Fair”.
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