We get excited about new books every day here, but this season brings a greater number of books that elicit excitement, even swoons--like Sherlock Chronicles by Steve Tribe (Dey Street, $29.99)--all you ever wanted to know about the smash PBS series. Casting, sets, costumes and scads of photos (although "the kiss" should have merited a full page).
Miami Book Fair (MBF) has announced its commitment to fostering literacy and rearing the next generation of engaged world citizens by offering several programs for children this month. “Generation Genius” gathers MBF’s literacy and learning programs for children and teens and brings them under one banner. Programs, such as “Read to Learn Books for Free” and “StoryArts”, distribute children’s books around Miami-Dade County.
Jamaican-born Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, will be the special guest from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Miami Dade College Chapman Conference Center in South Florida. Born in Jamaica in 1970, James graduated from the University of the West Indies. His first novel, “John Crow’s Devil”, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
A book about a Jamaican by a Jamaican has won the author a prestigious literary prize. “A Brief History of Seven Killings”, a novel about the attempted assassination of late reggae icon Bob Marley written by Marlon James, earned the Booker Prize for fiction last month in London, England.
Miami’s diversity gives the South Florida city a distinct character and the Miami Book Fair reflects its vibrant multi-cultural community, featuring authors from all over the world and offering an intercontinental experience. The Caribbean is in the mix. This year the fair will present authors from the region Nov. 21 and 22 at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus.
A Canada-based Jamaican national has released his second book focused again on the history of the country.  Richard Guy’s new book, “50 Jamaican History Stories,” focuses on short stories from Jamaica’s 500 year history – from the coming of the Spaniards and the Jewish settlement on the Island.
Scholastic Possible Fund to Donate 25,000 Books to be Distributed Through Reading Road Trip Program.  The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International, today unveiled a new collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs aimed at improving literacy among students in the Caribbean. Scholastic made the announcement at the Social Media On the Sand event at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, where special guests Amy Mascott and Alison McDonald, authors of the soon-to-be-released new book Raising a Rock-Star Reader, addressed an audience of influential bloggers.
On a rainy night in September, Seattle chefs and food writers--and a scribble of children's book authors--gathered for an event called "Cultivating Readers" at the Seattle Central Library. Thanks to Governor Jay Inslee's August 7 proclamation, it's Food Literacy Month in Washington State, and First Lady Trudi Inslee is there with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and moderator Philip Lee of Readers to Eaters--with a basket of home-grown vegetables--to begin a lively conversation about food and books.
“The Courage To Conquer”, a book written by Jamaican motivational speaker and former leading insurance executive Tony Williamson, recently led him to the stage of a conference of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals. Williamson addressed the international Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT ) at its 2015 annual convention at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel on June 14.
A Jamaican writer has made history by becoming the first ever national of his country to ever be shortlisted for a top UK literary award. Here are five facts about Marlon James: Marlon James is the first Jamaican to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
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