JIS News

‘Read Jamaica’, a series celebrating the rich literary heritage of Jamaica, will have its official launch at the Jamaican Consulate in New York City on Friday, October 21.
The series, a collaboration of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in New York, the Consulate General of Jamaica, and a New York company, Date With A Book (DWAB), aim to introduce new works by authors and writers of Jamaican heritage to the wider community, and will form part of activities to celebrate National Heritage Month (October).
The first event in the series will feature authors/writers, Christopher John Farley (Kingston by Starlight); Donna Hemans (River Woman); Marlon James (John Crow’s Devil) and Howard Pitterson (Spectre of Seven).
Miss Hemans was born in Jamaica and currently resides in Maryland, USA. River Woman, her first novel, was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2003 and co-winner of the 2003/4 Towson University Prize for Literature. She was named Best New Author for 2002 by Black Issue Book Review.
Mr. Farley was born in Kingston and now lives in New York. He is senior editor at Time Magazine and the author of My Favorite War. Mr. James, a Kingstonian, graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in Literature. John Crow’s Devil is the first novel for this award-winning artist and writer.
Mr. Pitterson left Jamaica for Canada at age 18 years and studied Classical Ballet. He is the recipient of numerous poetry awards and currently lives between New York City and Florida.
The launch will incorporate an exhibition of Jamaica’s seven national heroes, which opened at the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue in new York on Monday, October 10. The exhibition will last until October 28 and is open to the public on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.