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Patti Marxsen will read from her collection of short stories, Tales from the Heart of Haiti, published earlier this year by Educa Vision, the premier Haitian-American publishing firm in the U.S. Marxsen, who came to know Haiti in the 1990s through her association with Haiti's Hospital Albert Schweitzer, speaks of the impetus for her stories as "my fascination with Haiti as a nation, a culture, and a land of contrasts dependent on foreign aid. I began with the unfulfilled promise of Haitian Independence from France, in 1804, of Haiti as the first black republic prepared to control its own destiny in the wake of a stunningly successful slave revolution." In her stories, Marxsen presents a complex perspective of the Haitian people by writing of their interactions with those who come from somewhere else and try to help.
Not just about beautiful and stately interiors of the British Caribbean, author Michael Connors gives us a snapshot of history in his aesthetically pleasing book “British West Indies Style: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond. Connors, a decorative arts historian, uses his pictures to expose the opulence enjoyed by the English plantocracy during the glory days of the Colonial era (17th to19th centuries), as well as those who have inherited or acquired these magnificent homes and plantations. The impeccably photographed images showcase antiques from England and pieces crafted from indigenous wood set against majestic backdrops such as the Pitons of St. Lucia or the calm Caribbean Sea.
The Trinidad and Tobago-based Toute Bagai Publishing Company (TBP) is teaming up with Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, to launch the new "Life, Sandals Style" magazine this month. The publishing company recently won a bid for the production of a magazine incorporating genuine, organic Caribbean features, while offering advertisers an opportunity to reach the hotel chain's more than a million current and past guests.
What: Audible.com presents the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, new in audio. Soon to be a star-studded movie, this mesmerizingly original story is performed by one of the film's stars, acclaimed actress Thandie Newton. Playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange (Some Sing, Some Cry) chronicles the interconnected lives of a group of women, exploring shatteringly difficult issues, and evoking the indomitable power of enduring hope and joy. The New York Times called the book, “rich with the author's special voice:
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.
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