Award winning actor, author, and educator, Andrene Bonner makes the 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival a stop on her unusual book tour. She presents her first novel, Olympic Gardens and pay tribute to one of her mentors, the Honorable Rex Nettleford at the popular food fest on Sunday, November 14, 2010.
Olympic Gardens tells the story of a young Jamaican boy, Roderick Brissett who was abandoned in Montego Bay by his white American father and later banished to Kingston by his Jamaican mother. He was relegated to a life of servitude and denied an education. It was within the abyss of such harsh realities that he had to seek some semblance of joy to help him to survive, grow, and find his place in the world. Ironically, the Olympic Gardens story, a trilogy, parallels the life story of the esteemed Nettleford.