On Pynter Bender

Pynter Bender, the new novel by Grenadian writer Jacob Ross, is turning some heads in the UK, where it was recently published. Reviewing it in the Independent, Kevin Le Gendre…

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Walcott on Obama

From yesterday’s London Times, a poem by Derek Walcott for Barack Obama: Forty Acres Out of the turmoil emerges one emblem, an engraving–a young Negro at dawn in straw hat…

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"I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed"

US election special: Maud Newton posts an interview with Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, in which she talks about voting early–for Obama–in Miami: As a naturalized citizen, born in Haiti, where…

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Remembering David de Caires

It is not everyone who is able to find their vocation in life and by so doing make a real difference to the society in which they live, but such…

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Death must not find us thinking that we die

Martin Carter’s famous poem feels more personal, more visceral, as I get older. Sad news from Guyana this morning that David de Caires, the founder and editor of the Stabroek…

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"The life will throw light on the books"

The merit of writers’ biographies continues to be disputed. For some, the work is all we need to know. Others say they love the books, so they want to know…

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"The Winner Is…": a conversation about the value of literary awards

Presented by the Caribbean Review of Books and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize From internationally famous awards like the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker, or the Pulitzer to obscure local writing…

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Book of the week: Selected Poems, by Ian McDonald

The new Antilles book of the week is Ian McDonald’s Selected Poems, a long-overdue survey of the career of one of the Caribbean’s most admired writers. McDonald, who is probably…

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"It started with a deep deep longing for home"

C.D. Valere of the Signifyn’ Guyana blog Many Antilles readers are also followers of Signifyin’ Guyana, the literary blog written by C.D. Valere (Charmaine to her friends), covering books and…

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Calabash tribute to Wayne Brown

The latest issue of the web journal Calabash is now online, dear readers (or at least I’ve just noticed it’s online). It opens with a tribute to Wayne Brown, the…

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