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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


The Caribbean Review of Books, February 2009 About our contributors Lisa Allen-Agostini (“In brief”, page 25) is a Trinidadian writer of poetry, fiction, and drama. She co-edited the fiction anthology Trinidad Noir (2008), and her yound adult novel The Chalice Project was published earlier this year. She writes a weekly column for the Trinidad Guardian. Rhoda Bharath (“Home and away”, page 16) is a cultural studies researcher at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, where she also lectures in African literature. Ronald Cummings (“In brief”, page 14) is a Jamaican PhD student in the School of English at the University of Leeds. His work focuses on queer Caribbean literature and culture, and discourses of marronage. Fred D’Aguiar (“Prosimetrum”, page 30), poet, novelist, and playwright, was born in London of Guyanese parents and raised in Guyana. His most recent book is Continental Shelf (2009), a collection of poems. He teaches at Virginia Tech in the United States. Ishion Hutchinson (“Poem”, page 22) is a Jamaican poet. His work has appeared in the LA Times Review and the Jamaica Observer. Nicholas Laughlin (“Portfolio”, page 28) is the editor of the Caribbean Review of Books. F.S.J. Ledgister (“On broken ground”, page 20) is a British-born Jamaican. He teaches political science at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia, and has published work on Caribbean political development and political thought. Sharon Millar (“The contender”, page 23) is a Trinidadian writer. Mervyn Morris (“Praise poems”, page 10) is the author of six books of poetry, including I Been There, Sort Of: New and Selected Poems (2006). Gavin O’Toole (“Conversation”, page 26) is the editor of The Latin American Review of Books, Geoffrey Philp (“In brief”, page 19) is a Jamaican writer based in Miami. His most recent book, Who’s Your Daddy? and Other Stories, will be published in May 2009. Melissa Richards (“Family matters”, page 12) was born in Trinidad and now lives in London. She is a former journalist and is currently a desk editor at Hodder Education, UK. Tanya Shirley (“Poem”, page 15) is a Jamaican poet and lecturer at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. Her first collection of poems, She Who Sleeps with Bones, will be published in May 2009. Jeremy Taylor (“The X file”, page 6) was born in the United Kingdom, and has lived in Trinidad for over thirty years. He is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and publisher. Many of his essays and reviews are collected in Going to Ground. For news about Caribbean books, writers, art, and artists; plus interviews, mini-essays, poems, photographs, and links to literary material around the World Wide Web, updated (almost) daily — visit: Phillip Thomas (cover image) is a Jamaican artist based in New York. His painting The N Train was featured in the 2008 Jamaica National Biennial. 2

The Caribbean Review of Books, February 2009 Marginalia News about Caribbean books and writers Regional shortlists for the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize were announced on 18 February, 2009. In the Caribbean and Canada division, the novel Pynter Bender by Grenada-born Jacob Ross was shortlisted for the best book prize (see a review by Melissa Richards on page 12 of this issue). It was the only Caribbean title shortlisted for the prize. Regional winners were announced on 10 March and the overall winners of the 2008 CWP will be announced in New Zealand in May. • The US National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its 2008 awards at a ceremony in New York on 12 March. The biography prize went to Patrick French’s biography of V.S. Naipaul, The World Is What It Is. The Calabash International Literary Festival — after a threatened cancellation due to a funding shortfall — will take place from 22 to 24 May in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. This year the weekend-long programme of readings and performances features Junot Díaz and Edwidge Danticat, US-based writers with roots in, respectively, the Dominican Republic and Haiti; Barbadians George Lamming and Esther Phillips; and Jamaicans Velma Pollard, Anthony Winkler, Rachel Manley, Marlon James, Staceyann Chin, Geoffrey Philp, and Millicent Graham. Former Jamaican prime minister Edward Seaga will read from his forthcoming memoir. Other participants include V.S. Naipaul’s biographer Patrick French, the American poet Robert Pinsky, and British-born travel writer Pico Iyer. For more information, visit • The seventh St Martin Book Fair will take place from 4 to 6 June, 2009, with the theme “Wired”. Readings, discussion panels, and workshops will focus on intersections between new technology and Caribbean literature. *** A note to our readers: The present issue of the magazine, dated February 2009, arrives several months late. The editors apologise for this delay in our publication schedule, which is the result of the CRB’s continued financial uncertainty. As a small literary non-profit, the magazine has struggled to cover its costs since the first issue was launched five years ago. In 2008, thanks to generous support from the Prince Claus Fund and also our individual subscribers, the CRB published four bumper issues, but at the start of 2009 we found ourselves facing a serious financial shortfall. Our fundraising efforts have finally produced a sufficient sum to permit us to resume publishing the magazine, and we plan to catch up with our regular quarterly schedule in the coming months. But the CRB’s long-term survival depends on the support of its readers. For information on how you can help, contact the editors at Subscribe to the CRB One year’s subscription to the CRB (four quarterly issues): • Trinidad and Tobago: TT$150 • Rest of the Caribbean: US$24.99 • North America: US$34.99 • Europe and rest of the world: £17/US$34.99 Subscribe via the secure link on the CRB website,, or contact our Subscriptions Department at: 6 Prospect Avenue, Maraval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago phone: (868) 622-3821 fax: (868) 628-0639 email: To process your subscription, we need your name, mailing address, email address, and credit card information (number and expiry date). Or send us a cheque payable to The Caribbean Review of Books. 3

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