R.I.P. E.A. Markham, 1 October, 1939-23 March, 2008

I am shocked and saddened this morning to hear of the death of the Montserrat-born writer E.A. “Archie” Markham, via an email circulated by his publishers, Peepal Tree Press. Here…

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Pulitzer for Diaz

The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes have just been announced–and the fiction prize (possibly the most prestigious in American letters) has gone to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot…

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Naipaul-spotting

As I mentioned in my last post, V.S. Naipaul is once again starring in the literary pages of newspapers on three continents, thanks to the long-awaited publication of Patrick French’s…

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"Catapulted into privilege"

With Patrick French’s biography of V.S. Naipaul about to hit the bookshop shelves, the literary pages of the British press are going into a Vidia-frenzy. More about that shortly. Meanwhile,…

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R.I.P. Milton George, 1939-2008

The National Gallery of Jamaica has issued an obituary of the Jamaican artist Milton George, who died on Monday 31 March: Milton George (né George Oliver) was born in Asia,…

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The Old Guys

Much attention to the older generation of Caribbean writers in the British weekend press. In the Sunday Observer, Robert McCrum has a long feature on V.S.Naipaul. It doesn’t add much…

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NBCC awards for Caribbean-American writers

Editor Nicholas Laughlin is on his travels again, but once he gets back I’m sure he will have something to say about two of the National Book Critics’ Circle awards…

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R.I.P. Ralph de Boissiere, 6 October, 1907-16 February, 2008

Ralph de Boissiere–who died last Saturday, at the age of 100–lived the longer part of his life in Australia, almost as far as you can get from Trinidad without leaving…

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Kei Miller, "New Voice"

The British bookshop chain Waterstone’s recently chose twelve writers for its “New Voices” campaign–see this article in The Bookseller for details. “One of the most exciting things for readers every…

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Virtual Yardies

You may recall, dear readers, that in the August 2007 CRB I interviewed writer and lit-blogger Geoffrey Philp. Our conversation ranged over various issues confronting Caribbean writers who explore online…

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