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The Caribbean Review of Books (New vol. 1, no. 19, February 2009)

A sample of the new CRB, as published by MEP until 2009

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Reviews 6 The X file Jeremy Taylor on Michael X: A Life in Black and White, by John L. Williams 10 Praise songs Mervyn Morris on Selected Poems, by Ian McDonald, ed. Edward Baugh Editor: Nicholas Laughlin Publisher: Jeremy Taylor Editorial assistant: Mirissa De Four Marketing: Caroline Neisha Taylor Contributing editors: Jonathan Ali, Vahni Capildeo, Christopher Cozier, Brendan de Caires, Anu Lakhan Editorial board: David Dabydeen, Edwidge Danticat, Marlon James, Jane King, Ian McDonald, Annie Paul, Kim Robinson Walcott, Olive Senior Original design: Illya Furlonge-Walker, Form & Function Design Prepress and printing: Caribbean Paper and Printed Products (CPPP) Ltd. Cover illustration: Detail of The N Train (2008), by Phillip Thomas; mixed media on linen, 66 x 150 inches; courtesy Phillip Thomas and the National Gallery of Jamaica Photo credits: page 10, Ian McDonald, courtesy Macmillan Caribbean; page 13, Jacob Ross, courtesy Jacob Ross; page 21, Kamau Brathwaite, courtesy Salt Publishing; pages 28 and 29, T’in Cow Fat Cow images, by Nicholas Laughlin, courtesy Nicholas Laughlin The Caribbean Review of Books ISSN: 1811-4873 New vol. 1, no. 19, February 2009 Published quarterly by Media and Editorial Projects Ltd. (MEP) for The Caribbean Review of Books, a not-for-profit company incorporated under the laws of Trinidad and Tobago 6 Prospect Avenue, Maraval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago T: (868) 622-3821 F: (868) 628-0639 E: crb@meppublishers.com www.caribbeanreviewofbooks.com Copyright © 2009 by The Caribbean Review of Books. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the written consent of the publisher. The original Caribbean Review of Books was edited by Samuel B. Bandara and published quarterly from 1991 to 1994 by the University of the West Indies Publishers’ Association (UWIPA) in Mona, Jamaica. The Caribbean Review of Books considers unsolicited fiction and poetry, and letters to the editor. All submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Supported by: No. 19February 2009 12 Family matters Melissa Richards on Pynter Bender, by Jacob Ross 16 Home and away Rhoda Bharath on Caribbean Literature After Independence: The Case of Earl Lovelace, ed. Bill Schwartz, and A Place in the World: Essays and Tributes in Honour of Earl Lovelace at 70, ed. Funso Aiyejina 20 On broken ground F.S.J. Ledgister on Caribbean Culture: Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite, ed. Annie Paul 23 The contender Sharon Millar on Sylvester Devenish: Trinidad’s Poet, by Anthony de Verteuil In brief Ronald Cummings on Valmiki’s Daughter, by Shani Mootoo (page 14); Geoffrey Philp on Daddy Sharpe, by Fred W. Kennedy (page 19); Lisa Allen-Agostini on Into the Mosaic, by Marlene St Rose (page 25) Etc. 3 Marginalia News about Caribbean books and writers 4 Reading list Browsing the ether 5 The 2008 CRB books of the year The CRB’s editors recommend ten outstanding books from last year 26 “Where the borders are” Leonardo Padura talks to Gavin O’Toole about journalism, literature, and freedom of expression in Cuba 30 Prosimetrum Fred D’Aguiar on the elasticity of space and time in the fiction of Wilson Harris Portfolio Nicholas Laughlin on T’in Cow Fat Cow and mas as protest art Poems “Just Like That”, by Tanya Shirley (page 15); “A Surveyor’s Journal”, by Ishion Hutchinson (page 22)

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