On Valmiki’s Daughter

Trinidadian-Canadian Shani Mootoo’s new novel, Valmiki’s Daughter, was recently published in Canada; reviews have begun to appear in various newspapers and other media. A sampling: If the premise of Shani…

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Book of the week: Horses in Her Hair, by Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley’s trilogy of memoirs of her extraordinary family–which began with Drumblair and continued with Slipstream–is now completed by Horses in Her Hair: A Granddaughter’s Story, the Antilles book of…

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A judge’s journal: part four

I’ve come to recognise the special engine-hum of the DHL delivery van, and the driver must wonder why so many heavy boxes–for books are heavy–are suddenly being shipped to my…

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Dancehall nostalgia

Gregory Isaacs in front of his African Museum store on Chancery Lane, Kingston; photo by Beth Lesser, from her book Dancehall American Beth Lesser of Reggae Quarterly visited Jamaica several…

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Times notables

The New York Times has released its annual list of the year’s “notable” books. Three Caribbean-related titles have made their cut: John Edgar Wideman’s novel Fanon; Tom Gjelten’s Bacardi and…

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Book of the week: Jamaican Food, by B.W. Higman

Part cultural history, part anthropological study, part encyclopedia of flora and fauna, B.W. Higman’s Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture is a comprehensive survey of “food practices” in Jamaica, from the…

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Still more Naipaul

And still they come, the reviews of The World Is What It Is, Patrick French’s Naipaul biography. Three interesting ones this weekend: – Scott Sherman, in The Nation: Patrick French…

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Literary LIFE

Some Antilles readers may have heard the news that Google recently posted the image archive of LIFE magazine online–millions of photos, they say, most never actually published, and now fully…

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"A literature of place"

The debate over Guyanese (and by extension Caribbean) literary authenticity continues: Ruel Johnson responds to Michael Gilkes via the Living Guyana blog. A literature of place, even within an increasingly…

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Take a drink!

A Naipaul drinking game? Doug Childers, writing in the Richmond Times/Dispatch, has a suggestion for readers of The World Is What It Is: Enjoy a shot every time somebody in…

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