Pictured above is Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (center) presenting the Pinnacle Literacy Award to Marlon James (left), Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. James also won The Pelican Award, the University of the West Indies’ alumni award. Marlon James is the first Jamaican to win the UK’s most prestigious literary recognition, the 2015 Man Booker Prize, for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Before presenting the Pinnacle Literacy Award to Jamaican-born Novelist Marlon James, Minister Bartlett spoke about the Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management, an initiative that came out of the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, held in Montego Bay in November. The centre will assist with destination preparedness, management and recovery from crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods in the Caribbean and worldwide.
The Centre, staffed by internationally recognized experts and professionals in a variety of fields, will reside at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.