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Readings @ the Bookshop: in Limbo

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, April 4, 2014

The University Bookshop was the site of an exciting literary event on Friday March 28, featuring the Caribbean launch of Esther Figueroa's environmental novel Limbo. Patrons experienced a feast of poetry, prose, humor and literary analysis at the literary series readings@theBookshop which featured Mark McWatt, Phillip Nanton and Esther Figueroa.  Esteemed Barbadian author George Lamming also graced the evening to give an introduction on behalf of the featured author.

The evening, moderated by Dr. Jane Bryce, began with McWatt reading a segment from his book Suspended Sentences and some of his new picture poems. Following McWatt, Phillip Nanton read pieces from his hilarious collection Island Voices. George Lamming then gave a scholarly and insightful talk about Limbo and his relationship with the author, Esther Figueroa. Figueroa ended the evening's readings with two chapters from Limbo after which there was a book signing.

Books from the three authors are available for purchase at the University Bookshop.

Photos of the event can be viewed here

About the Authors:

Esther Figueroa, Ph.D. is an award winning Jamaican independent filmmaker, writer and linguist. With thirty years of media making including television programming, documentaries, educational videos, multimedia and feature film, her activist filmmaking gives voice to those outside of mainstream media. Figueroa writes in a variety of genre - fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry - on a wide range of topics. Her publications include Sociolinguistic Metatheory, and At Home the Green Remains. Her films include the award-winning feature documentary Jamaica for Sale. She lives in Jamaica.

Philip Nanton, Ph.D. is well-known St. Vincent poet and short story writer. He lives and works in Barbados as a writer & lecturer at UWI Cave Hill. He is author of the recently published collection, Island Voices.

Mark McWatt, Ph.D. is a Guyanese author, educator and former head of the UWI Cave Hill English Department. He has published Interiors, The Language of El Dorado, The Journey to Le Repentir, and Suspended Sentences for which he won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2006.


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