Site Updates (Home Home, New Daughters, JWP)

ETA: Linking this one up with The Sunday Post meme and adding that if you want to know what I thought about Quincy, Nappily Ever After, Leave No Trace, and  the season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead, check this post from earlier in the week. Also, since finishing Home Home (review linked below), I have started another one from the pile of Burt Award winning teen/young adult Caribbean books, Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith Dennis. So far, so good. Oh I also finished Faye Kellerman’s Straight into Darkness this past week but due to work commitments didn’t do a full review, though you can read my quick take in the listing at the main Blogger on Books Vl page.

I finished Lisa Allen-Agostini’s Home Home. Review excerpt:

Lisa Allen-Agostini’s  Burt award winning book Home Home is a wrenching read, and yet a hopeful one. It’s tough at first as it drops you right in to 14-year old protagonist and narrator Kayla’s post-suicide-attempt-recovery. She’s in Edmonton, Canada to heal in a way she cannot  Home Home in Trinidad where the empathy toward mental illness and suicide and otherness generally (the aunt she lives with in Canada is a lesbian in exile) is comparably low. When we meet her she’s having a panic attack over bus routes. You may get exasperated with her, I’m looking at you my Caribbean people (because, yes, you might find her mopey and self-indulgent), but hang in there. Hanging in her headspace will, if you are open to it, give you valuable insight to what living with chronic mental illness – in this particular case anxiety and depression – is like. For a teen/young adult reader with these issues it can also be a much-needed reminder that, they are not alone.

Read the full review.

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I’ve also updated my Books page on account of my new story Evening Ritual in New Daughters of Africa, a follow up to the seminal Daughters of Africa – which pulls stories from all over the continent and its diaspora. I am thrilled to be repping Antigua and Barbuda.

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Finally, still time to register for my October sessions, Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series.

October 2018ETA 2: On Friday, I spoke with a niece of Eileen Hall who contacted me to share more insights on the local writer I had only recently-ish discovered and done some digging about, resulting in this post. It was an interesting (and fun) discussion about a woman who in many ways sounds like she was ahead of her time, and about ancestry and related things. I’ve been promised more information which I’ll be happy to share when I get it.

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A Tuesday Meme (a Brand New One for Me)

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where the Meme-mother discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging and invites others to weigh in and join the conversation .

So, okay, the conversation seems to be about horror movies as America-land gears up for Halloween. I’m in the Caribbean and though Halloween seems to be catching on here, it’s not exactly my bag. I mean, the last three movies I sorta-mostly watched are

Quincy – love Quincy Jones’ music, read his autobiography years ago, so (his recent health scares aside) not a lot new here for me…but point of view adds something, and with his daughter, Rashida, in the director’s chair and sometimes behind the lens, it is a more personal and touching portrait of an admittedly flawed and undeniably talented human being. The man who from his jazz days to his Sinatra days to The Wiz to Sanford and Son and other TV and movie themes to Michael Jacksons’ Off the Wall, Thriller,michael-jackson-thriller-e1535549330442-700x355and Bad, to The Colour Purple to We are the World to Back on the Block to the Fresh Prince of Belair to Vibe … is responsible for some of the most enduring musical and pop culture moments of our lives. I know Netflix is presumptuous (and racially stereotypical) with those algorithms so you may not even be aware of this one but it’s worth a viewing.

Nappily Ever After (also on Netflix and based on this book I haven’t yet read 41osWiEC9sL__SX322_BO1,204,203,200_)- the latest Sanaa Lathan starrer – with a side of Lynn Whitfield. These two women were staples of ‘Black’ film throughout the 90s and aughts (The Women of Brewster Place, The Josephine Baker Story, Stompin at the Savoy, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Eve’s Bayou etc. in the case of Whitfield; The Best Man, Disappearing Acts, Love and Basketball,  Brown Sugar, Something New etc. in the case of Sanaa) and honestly I was going to watch for the two of them alone. Throw in some social commentary vis-à-vis Black women and our complicated relationship with our hair  in world where Eurocentric beauty standards (including straight hair) are the default (for more and deeper takes on this topic read Althea Prince’s The Politics of Black Women’s Hair 41fcMlIvaVLor watch Chris Rock’s Good Hair51D76G05XQL__SY445_), and what’s not to watch. I saw a lot of criticism of this one before I actually saw it. Folks felt it was light fare and too cliché from what I’m gathering, and they’re not wrong. But it’s also a romantic comedry (sic) and they do that – see every Meg Ryan film ever. So I take it for what it is and enjoy it as such (and it was entertaining) and hope that we get more and more opportunities to tell a wide range of films so that one film won’t be expected to carry the burden of telling our many stories (especially when it’s not exactly the genre for it).

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That first big chop can be scary…scary liberating…as Sanaa will find out when the tears dry (still from Nappily Ever After)

Leave no Trace – the last film I managed to see (mostly) beginning to end. I saw the trailer sometime ago on youtube and it seemed interesting so when I needed to give my brain a rest, I thought, why not. It’s the story of a father who has opted out with his daughter into the wilds of…some wet, cold part of America…until they are drawn back in to life because it turns out you’re not allowed to opt out of life with your teenage daughter. He tries to play along so he won’t lose her but in the end the restlessness gets him; the heartbreaking part coming when she discovers she wants to stay while he can’t quit moving.

I liked all three in different ways for different reasons (but didn’t love any of them…probably taking the most joy and insight from Quincy). But, obviously, no horror here. I did catch the season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead which jumped the story forward a couple of years to something approximating what passes for normal in a zombie apocalypse, walkingdead-season9-blogroll-1538446518768_400wand it did have some scary moments – not the zombies but the death that’s always imminent. I said a while ago that I was over The Walking Dead (and did check out for a while) but I can’t seem to quit it (though it isn’t appointment TV for me like it used to be). Ezekiel almost falling in to a pit of zombies is about as horrific as it got (and with a couple of near death experiences last season in the face of his insistent optimism), it did feel like the leader of the Kingdom was on borrowed time and that that rope might snap. But… *spoiler alert* it didn’t. Though I do know due to casting news that we can look forward to two major character deaths this season…I mean, “we” assuming I keep watching. The freelancing life is hectic is as hectic does, and I’m still about a season behind on every other show I’m remotely interested in – Atlanta to The Americans…but someday!

Speaking of Someday, I did mention that I have a new story Evening Ritual in The New Daughters of Africa and here’s a meme-ish-related tidbit, it actually began as a sorta ‘ghost story” (or an attempt at historical fiction, or something) inspired by women in a  photo I saw at a lecture I attended on the old sugar factory transport system (the locos). For the longest while I tried to make these two stories which existed in two different times fit together but they didn’t, and when I untangled them I discovered I had one story that with some work (and some helpful feedback), an editor thought worthy of publication in this seminal publication – and as for the original story, in that other time, I may find a way to dig that out yet. The other-other story I mentioned The Night the World Ended was inspired by last hurricane season in the Caribbean which was its own horror show. As I mentioned that’s forthcoming in The Caribbean Writer. Another tidbit, that story was one of those out of body writing experiences, so much so that when they sent word that they’d be publishing it and even as I was re-reading it, I couldn’t remember writing it, though I remember that I wrote it…if that makes any sense.

Most recent book finished is Faye Kellerman’s historical murder mystery Straight into Darkness which didn’t scare me (well, not in the way intended but given that it’s set at the pre-birth of the Third Reich more in the this is what can happen to a democracy if we don’t pay attention way) but did hold my interest.

I feel like I should end with favourite horror films or something to play this game right…but I’m not sure I have any. Does Michael Jackson’s Thriller count? No? Okay free associating off the top of my head, I’m going with Rosemary’s Baby, Cujo, and The Omen – none of which I’ll be watching this October – and leave it at that.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

 

The Freelancing Life Meet The Writing Life Meet Just Life

…working to put a dent in my email (where personal, publishing, freelance, and random matter meet like run-off; speaking of run-off, it’s a bit like emptying out Country Pond with a can cup – possible but it’ll take a while) …check, respond, check, respond, check please * trying to make some progress on a book-related/book-adjacent project (with a deadline) * inch by inch * editing assignment (actually a couple of editing assignments – one with a very tight deadline) * working to attract new paying projects * sending estimates (to, fingers crossed, land a project) * uncross fingers (cramp) * reviewing and giving feedback re content * following up re payment * following up re possible partner-project * statements/invoicing * following up re payment * following up re payment * following up re payment * some Wadadli Pen stuff (yes, even with the 2019 season already cancelled) * social media engagement (because, promotion, network…what’s going on) * call backs * follow ups * daydreaming about being able to hire an assistant-intern * night and day dreaming about a paid writers residency * sunset * music * read (blogger on books #Book #Chat) * make time to write * eat * dishes * get up * make bed * set targets * shower * breakfast at midday * sun’s rising * sleep * need sleep * coffee * editing * some of my own writing and editing * eye breaks (necessary) * get up and move (necessary) * engage (necessary) * check bookmarks (follow up, as needed) * update blog * pitching (because you’ve always got to be pitching the next thing) * rejections * nos * working through file of files pending action * timeout * publisher and promo stuff ahead of book event * too early to stress about said book event * prep client agreement * follow up re client payment * bills bills bills * bills bills bills * Murphy *scouting (freelance and writing related opportunities) * workshop prep * participant notes * running errands * lines * more lines * Netflix and (literally) chill * supermarket * workshop promotion * run workshop * CREATIVE SPACE * build * brand building * update files * check on applications * promo workshop * plan workshop * juggle editing jobs * write* pitch * get up * push through * submit * breathe * breathe * another writing project (maybe) * time, make time * try to take time * don’t forget to breathe …

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The point of this post – found myself noting and tracking my activities and thought it might prove instructive (though I’ve listed some, not all) re the realities of the freelancing life which I’ve variously described as a juggling act and a high wire act without a net, but which on review of this post, I’m now inclined to think of as a jigsaw puzzle which if you’ve ever tried to put the pieces of the picture together can be by turns fun and frustrating. Seems about right.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

In Company with New Daughters of Africa

Are you familiar with the anthology Daughters of Africa? Well there’s a new one…and I’m in it. This edition, edited again by Ghana-born UK-based Margaret Busby, and already available for pre-order, is NEW DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA.NEW_DAUGHTERS_HIGH-RES-670x1024

“Following up Margaret Busby’s landmark 1992 anthology Daughters of Africa, this companion volume brings together the words of writers from across the globe—Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA—to honour a unifying heritage while showing the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora particularly in the past 25 years. Arranged chronologically, New Daughters of Africa illustrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood and the links that endure from generation to generation, as well as common obstacles writers still negotiate around issues of race, gender and class.”

I’m looking forward to being one with the community of writers in this collection – my selected contribution being a short fiction entitled ‘Evening Ritual’. I say community because I’ve been anthologized a few times now (For Women: in Tribute to Nina Simone, In the Black: New African Canadian Literature, So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: an Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, She Sex Prose and Poetry: Sex and the Caribbean Woman, Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean, Round My Christmas Tree, A River of Stories) and there is something community-like about being chosen to share space with other writers. An embrace. I had that sense especially and a sense of the scope and the epic-ness of this one reading through the credits. This is a collection rooted in Africa and in the connection we share because of being limbs from that root. That’s kinda dope. Doper still to be in company with such greatness (Edwidge Dandicat, Roxane Gay, Leone Ross etc.).

I thought I’d share the names with you so you, too, can catch the excitement. So, with acknowledgment of multiple identities (born here, parents from there; born here, grew up there etc.), the authors’ countries of birth (to the best of my research) are:

Angola – Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida

Antigua and Barbuda – Joanne C. Hillhouse

Australia – Maxine Beneba Clarke

Bahamas – Marion Bethel, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas

Barbados – Karen Lord,  Yewande Omotoso

Benin – Rashidah Ismaili

Bermuda – Angela Barry

Botswana – Tjawangwa Dema, Wame Molefhe

Brazil – Deise Nunes

Burundi – Ketty Nivyabandi

Cameroon – Imbolo Mbue, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi

Canada – Esi Edugyan, Zetta Elliott

Cuba – Zuleica Romay

Dominica – Jane Grell, Celia Sorhaindo

Egypt – Leila Aboulela, Nawal El Saadawi

Eritrea – Hannah Azieb Pool

Ethiopia – Aida Edemariam, Maaza Mengiste

Finland – Minna Salami

France (?) – Jean Thévenet

Germany – Olumide Popoola, Jennifer Teege

Ghana – Zoe Adjonyoh, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Yaba Badoe, Ama Biney, Akosua Busia, Nana-Ama Danquah, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim

Grenada – Joan Anim-Addo, Verna Wilkins

Guyana – Andaiye, Michelle Yaa Asantewa, Charlotte Williams

Haiti – Edwidge Danticat, Anaïs Duplan, Danielle Legros Georges

Ivory Coast – Tanella Boni, Edwige Renée Dro

Jamaica – Jacqueline Bishop, Beverley Bryan, Carolyn Cooper, Ifeona Fulani,  Nalo Hopkinson,  Verene Shepherd, Andrea Stuart

Kenya – Juliane Okot Bitek, Wangui wa Goro, Wanjiku wa Ngugi,  Makena Onjerika, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor,  Warsan Shire

Liberia – Hawa Jande Golakai

Nigeria – Ayobami Adebayo,  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yemisi Aribisala, Sefi Atta, Simi Bedford, Sarah Ladipo Manyika,  Irenosen Okojie,  Chinelo Okparanta, Chibundu Onuzo, Osonye Tess Onwueme, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Lola Shoneyin, Chika Unigwe

Norway – Afua Hirsch

Puerto Rico – Yvonne Denis Rosario

Somalia – Nadifa Mohamed

South Africa – Gabeba Baderoon, Nadia Davids, Diana Ferrus, Vangile Gantsho, Ashley Makue, Barbara Masekela, Lebogang Mashile, Nomavenda Mathiane, Kopano Matlwa, Natalia Molebatsi, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers,  Makhosazana Xaba

Sudan – Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Trinidad & Tobago – Lisa Allen-Agostini, Rhoda Bharath, Summer Edward, Barbara Jenkins, Rosamond King, Elizabeth Nunez, Alake Pilgrim, Marina Salandy-Brown,  Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Uganda – Harriet Anena, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Doreen Baingana, Mildred Barya, Jackee Budesta Batanda, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Beatrice Lamwaka, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Glaydah Namukasa,  Hilda Twongyeirwe, Ayeta Anne Wangusa

UK – Sade Adeniran, Patience Agbabi, Amma Asante,  Yvonne Bailey-Smith, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Jay Bernard, Malorie Blackman, Malika Booker, Candice Carty-Williams,  Angela Cobbinhah, Patricia Cumper,  Stella Dadzie, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Yvvette Edwards,  Zena Edwards, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Aminatta Forna, Carmen Harris, Zita Holbourne, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Andrea Levy,  Lesley Lokko, Ros Martin, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Bridget Minamore, Selina Nwulu,  Winsome Pinnock, Leone Ross, Suzanne Scafe, Taiye Selasi, Kadija Sesay,  Dorothea Smartt, Zadie Smith,  Ade Solanke, SuAndi, Kit de Waal , Sue Woodford-Hollick

USA – Candace Allen, Gabrielle Civil, Nah Dove, Camille Dungy, Safia Elhillo, Eve Ewing, Nikki Finney, Roxane Gay, Bonnie Greer, Margo Jefferson, Donika Kelly, Adrienne Kennedy, Lauri Kubuitsile, Aja Monet,  Bethany C. Morrow,  Nnedi Okorafor,  Zandria F. Robinson, Sapphire, Jesmyn Ward

United States Virgin Islands – Tiphanie Yanique

Zambia – Petina Gappah,  Namwali Serpell, Zukiswa Wanner

Zimbabwe – Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Panashe Chigumadzi, Ethel Irene Kabwato, Isabella Matambanadzo, Blessing Musariri, Valerie Tagwira, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Yvonne Vera

Yeah, I’m the book nerd  who looked up the country of origin of all the authors in the collection – delighted at the range and happy as always to be repping Antigua and Barbuda. Shout out to the writers I’ve met along the way, the writers I probably shouldn’t meet but whose writing I’ll continue to enjoy, the ones I’ve read, and the many more I look forward to reading, and, yay, to all of us who were selected for this collection. Personal shout out as well to Jacob Ross (you know what you did).

OTHER WRITING NEWS: You can also catch additional new fiction from me, The Night the World Ended, forthcoming in The Caribbean Writer Volume 32: Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions. On the non-fiction side of my writing (and freelancing life), here’s a piece on Barbuda published in Huffington Post more than a month ago now – or rather a recently discovered share of it on Repeating Islands. Something both The Caribbean Writer and Huffington Post pieces have in common – finding inspiration in the tumultuous 2017 hurricane season. And, finally, for now,  catch me reading from my latest book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure at a panel entitled ReadCaribbean Presents Adventures for Kids at the Miami Book Fair on November 18th 2018. #onthehustle #TheWritingLife

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

New on the Blog

ParadiseThe latest Blogger on Books update (Take Time for Paradise) is less a review, actually a throwback review, and more a memory with my niece whom I used to let practice her reading by reading aloud to me in the car…and apparently while watching cricket.

The previous review, also a throwback review, because reading-what-reading, is archived here.

#BookChat

 

Rick as Cotton on Dr WhoThe latest CREATIVE SPACE, CREATIVE SPACE 12, spotlights the art of the recently departed George Rick James. Here’s an excerpt:

Theatre on the Road and on the Stage: Rick James

With the passing of playwright, actor, and mas builder George ‘Rick’ James this September, I find myself moved to reflect on his contribution to the creative arts – as much has and will be said about his contribution to electoral reform and transparency through his Free and Fair Election League. Also on the need for us to archive our arts. And publish our plays! A question on my mind is what will become of his papers (i.e. his plays and any creative side work). Such items, depending on the artist’s impact, have been donated to or acquired by libraries, educational institutions, archives, governments (see the Caribbean Literary Heritage Project for more on the archiving of artists papers). In Antigua and Barbuda, though, who knows? So consider this, CREATIVE SPACE’s first obituary, a recording of sorts.

Read the whole thing.

The previous CREATIVE SPACE, CREATIVE SPACE 11, Musical Harmony, can now be found here.

The CREATIVE SPACE series remains an opportunity for businesses in Antigua and Barbuda to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture.

  1.  Sponsored posts – Your logo or other company image featured prominently on the post you’re sponsoring (your sponsorship supporting coverage of Antiguan and Barbudan arts and culture) with a link back to your web page or social media (your brand linked to that post as it’s syndicated on Antigua Nice, promoted on social media, and archived here on the Jhohadli site). For a fee.
  2. Brand partnership – for companies that have a creative/cultural product they want me to sample and/or cover and/or participate in, and write about. For a fee. I decide if the product is a good fit for the series and I retain editorial control of the content (I’ll be honest and fair).

October 2018

The Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series continues. New sessions begin in October as soon as the sessions started in September wrap. We’re going BACK TO BASICS.

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Finally,  Lost! the Caribbean Sea Adventure and I will be in Miami in November for the Miami Book Fair. Details of that appearance here.

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Haven’t checked out any of my books yet? Children’s picture book to teen/young adult fic to adult novels? Read more. If you’ve read any of my books, please consider posting a review to amazon, goodreads, or other online space if you haven’t already done so. It makes a big difference. Keep in mind…

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One more thing. Here’s a link re my services as writer, editor, writing coach, and course/workshop facilitator if you should ever need them.

JWP Creative Writing Workshop Series – Back to Basics

The October sessions “will be taking us Back to Basics for some FUNdamentals. If you think this is an area in which you could stand to get some practice or if you just want to get in to the habit of writing or to be in a space where you can create (some you-time), or if you have a work in progress you’d like to get some movement on, this series might be of value to you.”

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One of the pleasures of 2018 has been the Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop series.

In that time, I’ve covered or am covering (inasmuch as you can cover any of these things in four weeks):

Setting
Plot
Characters
Workshopping Participant Works in Progress
Openings
Pacing
Tension

Likely, I’ll be circling back around to some of these again.

My approach has included story breakdown and analysis, discussion, lecture/presentation (definitions, techniques, purpose, effect/impact, practical application), in session writing exercises, take home writing exercises, prompted journaling, freewriting, and field exercises. Participants receive a kit with advance reading including works of fiction, author interviews, and articles related to the aspect of writing being explored. I decided to focus on one aspect at a time for…focus.

At the end of each four week series, participants do a written evaluation which I use to guide me as the JWP CWWS continues – and I do hope to…

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Site Updates

I’ve added Author to the Blogger on Books page – no review though, though you can read a bit about what’s in it here. A throwback review of the vampire-thology Vegas Bites has also been uploaded to Blogger on Books Vl.

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This is more of an in case you missed it, Joss Stone continuing collabs with local artistes on her world stops sings with Antiguan and Barbudan songstress Asha Otto, and I made it the latest Creative Space. It’s an opportunity to learn more about Asha’s music and if you love good music you’ll want to. And for Antiguan and Barbudan businesses, this series has become in a very short time one of the all-time most popular series on the blog, so consider this your reminder that you can boost your brand while boosting local art and culture by sponsoring an installment in the series. Contact me to find out how.

Finally, I always like to remind you to check out and follow the Wadadli Pen blog as well – it’s my platform for all things literary in Antigua and Barbuda. The latest addition is a throwback interview I recently dug up. It makes me a little sad actually (makes me sad to report as well as I did recently on the blog that there will be no 2019 season of the Wadadli Pen Challenge) as they’re talking about yet another arts project in Antigua and Barbuda that bit the dust, the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival. But it’s always good to hear from three of our (Caribbean) great literary talents Verna Wilkins, Elizabeth Nunez, and Zee Edgell. Since I’m mentioning these three women I thought it’d be an opportunity to shout out one of their books since this site is about #bookchat as much or more than it’s about anything. My Verna Wilkins pick is not a Verna Wilkins book at all; it’s by Alexis Obi with illustrator Lynne Willey but it is published by Tamarind Books which is an independent UK imprint started by Wilkins (so it is one of her books). This was a favourite of a friend of mine’s son – who recently graduated secondary school so you can tell how long ago that was. My Zee Edgell pick is Beka Lamb, a book well known to Caribbean students (not of my generation but after) as it was on the schools reading lists – maybe still is. My Elizabeth Nunez pick is a book of hers that I’ve read called Prospero’s Daughter and if that isn’t hint enough, yes it is a modern Caribbean retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. So check them out.

Finally, gratitude for the shoutouts my book got on facebook this past week. You remember that 7 covers in 7 days challenge I participated in? Well, it’s still going and three of my covers (that I’ve seen) have popped up. Just a note that Oh Gad! is out of print for now and there is a new edition of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight with a very different cover and a lot more packaged with the main story so just a reminder that it is still very much in print, just with a different look. Musical Youth, meanwhile, continues to find new readers; gratitude for all that. More news soon but you all know, if you’re a regular around here, that with very rare exception, I don’t like to speak things until they are manifest. So, talk soon, hopefully. Meantime, check out my books.