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The Bookstore in the Grove recently hosted a book signing appearance featuring Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman, who authored her first book, “What Would Susie Say? More than 75 guests filled the charming bookstore to enjoy a night of wine and cheese and listen to Susie read excerpts from her book. The reading was followed by a very comedic Q&A session that led to how Essman's career evolved from stand-up comedian to accomplished actress. At the end of the night audience members went home with a book personally signed by Susie.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, Toute Bagai Publishing Company of Trinidad and Tobago - publishers of the popular MACO line of magazines that is now distributed worldwide - is breaking new ground with the release of a children's book, "Brown Sugar and Spice". It is the first time that Toute Bagai is venturing into this area of publishing, but Managing Director Neysha Soodeen says the company believes the time has come to play a role in the education of Caribbean children.
With books already flying off the shelves and fans literally running up to the artiste/authour in the street and asking her to sign her latest novel; The Real Gangster's Wife, Pageturner Publising House and Sangster's Book Stores, have decied to facilate the zeal of fans with the announcement of Macka Diamond's in store appearances at several Sangster's Book Stores, across the island starting this week. Macka was quick to explain the purpose and reason behind the singings. “The interest and support from the fans have been crazy, and wi affi go out there and meet the readers, cause dem fans yah is not always di same one dem wha come a Stage Show or dance, so wi basically a mek di link, states Macka, who went on to give the novel but yet comical experience she had recently.
Jamaica comes to life with the sights and sounds of local and international literary works at the 10th Annual Calabash International Literary Festival. This year's event will bring together an extraordinary mix of new and established writers from around the world for the most anticipated annual literary event in the Caribbean region. The three-day festival, free and open to the public, will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, 2010 at Jake's, in Treasure Beach, on Jamaica's South Coast. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Festival organizers have collaborated to produce So Much Things to Say, an anthology of the works of renowned poets who have performed at the festival over the years.
With all the negative press to hit the dancehall industry in recent months, it's refreshing to see that amidst it all, positive sparks are still being ignited throughout the embattled industry. Dancehall diva turned author, Macka Diamond, is one such spark. With the release of her sophomore novel in February; The Real Gangster's Wife, she has once again caused a few brows to rise, generating so much interest that its now time to take the show on the road.
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