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.