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New York Caribbean Writers Series Ends Stellar Year With Four Award Winning Writers Andrene Bonner (Jamaica), Christian Campbell (Bahamas/Trinidad & Tobago), Jacinth Henry-Martin (St. Kitts-Nevis) & Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad & Tobago) Poets & Passion, the literary series and open mic sessions featuring Caribbean writers, ends the year with readings by novelists Andrene Bonner (Jamaica) and Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad & Tobago) in the Bronx on Wednesday, December 8 and poets Christian Campbell (Bahamas/Trinidad & Tobago) and Jacinth Henry-Martin (St. Kitts-Nevis) on Thursday, December 9 in Brooklyn.   With these four award-winning writers, this year the series would have featured 23 novelists, poets, spoken word artists, folklorists, cultural critics and bloggers, representing 11 countries; doing work in Dutch, English, French and derivative creoles. The programs, conducted in venues as diverse as college campuses, community centers and City Hall, took place over 17 sessions in all 5 boroughs of New York City.
Former Prime Minister, the Hon. Edward Seaga, launched the second volume of his well-received autobiography at Books and Books in Coral Gables, South Florida. 'My Life and Leadership - Volume 2: Hard Road to Travel 1980 - 2008, is a follow-up to 'My Life and Leadership. Volume 1: Clash of Ideologies 1930-1980', which was released in January of this year. The 396-page publication, which includes photographs, gives an insight into the emergence of modern Jamaica, including economic and social challenges, while hailing the triumphs.
The Jamaica Dogsled Team's captivating story of determination despite the odds is captured in the book One Mush, which was launched on Monday, December 13 in Toronto, Canada. The Jamaica Tourist Board supported team continues to build a strong following throughout North America, promoting the destination in various non-traditional markets. Sharing the special occasion at the book launch were (from L-R): George Ramocan, Jamaica's Consul General; John Firth, author of Mush Mon; Rachel Manley, Jamaican-Canadian author and poet; Bob Rae, Toronto Member of Parliament and former Premier of Ontario and Danny Melville, founder of the Jamaica Dogsled Team.  
National Best selling authors Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy honored Super Wings NY founder Colette Burnett, and Television Personality and Author Star Jones during the "Dare to Follow Your Dreams," a Salute to Women of Courage based upon the book Tears To Triumph: Women Learn to Live, Love and Thrive (Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.) at Renaissance Times Square Hotel, in New York City.  The event was held in partnership with Terrence Daniels, Ameriprise Financial; She's Got Papers Custom Stationery, Cheap Chat Pre Paid Calling Cards and ETS Air Shuttle and Transportation.
Ever since news surfaced about the impending release of a non-fictional, investigative volume, appropriately titled, Dudus “ JAMAICA'S FIRST PRESIDENT - 1992 “ 2010 - His Rise, His Reign, His Demise; which focuses primarily on one of Jamaica's most infamous, Michael Christopher “Dudus Coke and the events that led up to and unfolded behind the now infamous Tivoli Gardens incursion, which left the staggering body count of seventy- four Jamaicans dead, bookstores have had their hands full, even though the anticipated volume is not scheduled for release until next Tuesday May 24th, one year to the date of the actual incursion that left countless dead, displaced and disoriented, even to date. According to Nicola Shorter, Purchasing Manager for Jamaica's largest bookstore chain, Sangster's Book Stores, the anticipation is beyond words, I mean, people actually want to read about this man, and I must say that the interest is right across the board. One of the most interesting occurrences since the promotion started in our stores was just a few days ago at our King Street branch, where we had over one hundred inquires, over one hundred, and they all, I mean all left with promo flyers, refusing to leave them behind, and were all clear that they were coming to purchase their copies on Tuesday, as soon as we are open. The interest is that great.
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