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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In Case You Missed It…

Blogger on Books V, the latest chapter of my book review series, has been updated. It’s subject, not a book, but the latest edition of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

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Excerpt.

‘This edition of the Review continues to have that expanded purpose with only a couple of pure book reviews. This is also a very Henry centred edition but not in a self-bigging-up way – in fact, this issue is guest edited by Lewis Gordon, Jane Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha, and Neil Roberts. In a way that feels not only like the 70th anniversary of Paget Henry’s years  on this earth is a good time to assess the impact of that life, but in a way that explores the issues that have been at the centre of his scholarship.

Paget Henry, in case you don’t know, is (let me pull up this bio from the back of the book) professor of sociology and Africana studies at Brown University; author of Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua and Barbuda, Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy, Shouldering Antigua and Barbuda: the Life of V. C. Bird, and the Art of Mali Olatunj: Painterly Photography from Antigua and Barbuda; editor of the CLR James Journal in addition to the Review; and just one of the big brains that Antigua has produced.

“Each essay offers not only a portrait of Henry but also, through him, a sense of how large the impact a geographically small place can have on the world.”

This!’

Read the rest.