Caribbean national Marva McClean is one of two authors chosen as Gladstone’s Library Political Writers in Residence for 2020.

FLORIDA, - The stage is set. Excitement and expectations are building for the 2019 edition of the Jamaican Poets All-island School Tour. Twenty one poets will be taking part in the two-week tour.

MIAMI - The Links, Incorporated Greater Miami (FL) Chapter will hold its Linked in Action Book and Author Luncheon on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami.   

Every now and then there's a TV show that's good enough to inspire background reading. One such program is HBO's Succession, which follows an extremely wealthy family's bitter infighting over the future of their media empire after the patriarch falls ill. The show is clearly inspired by Shakespeare, but also by real-life families like the Murdochs. Unfortunately, there are no recent books about Rupert Murdoch that I can enthusiastically recommend.

Miami,– Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Book Fair launches Speak Up, a teen poetry and performance program supporting the artistic, personal, and professional growth of high school students through poetry and spoken word performance at MDC’s Koubek Center, beginning Sept. 25, on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m.  Registration for this free workshop is open until Sept. 20. Space is limited – sign up today!

From September 15 to October 15, the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Americans' heritage and culture and recognizing their contributions to the United States. Here are some wonderful children's titles written and/or illustrated by Hispanic or Latinx Americans to start the celebration a little early.

Jamaican-born actress, playwright, poet, Jozanne Marie, lived with a secret from she was 6 years old, a secret that brought with it fear and shame. It wasn’t until decades later, when she gathered the courage to break her silence, that she found the path to healing. Marie’s autobiography, Beautiful: Unashamed and Unafraid, chronicles her turbulent yet inspiring journey through love, fear, shame, rape, and forgiveness. 

The half-century anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots this year drew much fanfare to the significance of that historical moment. It's undeniably encouraging to see the strides made since and, perhaps counterintuitively, continues to pique my curiosity for what came beforehand.

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