DW vs VSN: addendum

Today’s Caribbean Magazine programme on the BBC Caribbean Service runs an interview with Derek Walcott, in which he talks (briefly) about “The Mongoose” , his anti-Naipaul poem that has made…

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Calabash retrospective

What happened, dear readers? There I was, two weeks ago, promising coverage of Calabash–then silence, and meanwhile the festival has come and gone. It’s not that the Calabash weekend was…

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"A beautiful writer"

That his name was perhaps not as familiar outside literary circles as it deserved (he was always well respected by other authors: Salman Rushdie called him “a beautiful writer”, and…

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No proud native son

If the measure of a writer’s success is the ire he provokes, then V.S. Naipaul is a spectacular success in Trinidad…. “History is built around achievement and creation; and nothing…

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R.I.P. Roy A.K. Heath (1926-2008)

The Stabroek News reports today that the Guyanese novelist Roy A.K. Heath–author of The Murderer, The Shadow Bride, and eight other novels–has died in London. The Guyana Arts Forum, in…

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Could it be Derek!

Browsing through the current issue of the London Review of Books, I come across the following, in a review by Tony Wood of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings…

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Dinner with Vidia

In the Indian Economic Times, Vikram Doctor leafs through V.S. Naipaul’s books looking for references to meals, concluding that Naipaul is no foodie–“in Naipaul’s novels if food is consumed with…

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A voice from PEN

Marlon James is at the PEN World Voices festival in New York; he reports at the PEN American Centre blog on two events he’s attended. The first was a panel…

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May 2008 Antilles book of the month: The Same Earth, by Kei Miller

In an average month, dozens of new Caribbean books arrive at the CRB office. Not all of them get reviewed in the magazine–too many books, not enough pages–and because we…

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"We have lost the habit of caring about writers and books"

The recent passing of two very different regional poets, offers an opportunity to consider the diminishing role of literary culture in the contemporary Caribbean…. The deaths of Aimé Césaire and…

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