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Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop
by Colin Channer, Editor
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Categories: Caribbean Literature | Fiction - Short Stories
Code: 3380 |  ISBN: 9781933354057 |  281 pp. |  Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Akashic Books (Independent Publisher)
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
Set in the Caribbean and the US, the stories sweep across a range of moods and genres to create a narrative LP of fascinating voices. From the old lady who gives a speech on "How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way", to the schizophrenic singer who thinks he's Bob Marley, to the hotel maid who gets a sexual offer that she can't refuse, the diverse mix of characters are linked by the fundamental principle that all clich?d conventions must be shouted off the page. In the proudly odd tradition of Jamaican music, the selections seek to entertain while asking daring questions that provoke new ideas into being.

New Writing From: Colin Channer, Marlon James, Elizabeth Nunez, Kwame Dawes, Kaylie Jones, Geoffrey Philp, Rudolph Wallace, Konrad Kirlew, Alwin Bully, A-dziko Simba, and Sharon Leach.

COLIN CHANNER's major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Diaz described as "a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora's finest writers." He is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the B.A. creative writing program at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.


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