André Alexis wins the Writer’s Trust

André Alexis wins the Writer’s Trust

By Stephen Weir Author André Alexis is the toast of English Canada.  Last Tuesday in Toronto the Trinidadian Canadian won the prestigious $50,000 Writer’s Trust fiction prize for his English language novel “Days by Moonlight”. This is the fourth time Alexis has been nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and second time he […]

Amanda Parris from Jane Street to Rideau Hall

Amanda Parris from Jane Street to Rideau Hall

By Stephen Weir  Last Tuesday morning the winners of this year’s Governor General Literary Awards were announced. Canadian Caribbean Playwright Amanda Parris won top honours in the English Drama category for her script of her play the Other Side of the Game. Amanda Parris was born in London, England, descending from Grenadian and Venezuelan ancestry, […]

Cynthia Reyes’ launches new book “Twigs in my hair”

Cynthia Reyes’ launches new book “Twigs in my hair”

By Stephen Weir  It happens tonight in Toronto. Award-winning journalist and author Cynthia Reyes launches her new memoir Twigs in My Hair and the latest addition to her bestselling series of children’s book Myrtle Makes a New Friend. The launch takes place THURSDAY October 10, at 6 p.m. at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre at […]

Brampton Hip Hop artist Haviah Mighty wins $50K Polaris Music Prize

Brampton Hip Hop artist Haviah Mighty wins $50K Polaris Music Prize

The star Polaris is 408 light years from Earth.  At the rate Haviah Mighty’s career has taken off, she should be there any day now! The Brampton Hip Hop artist won it all Monday night at the Carlu Hall in Toronto.  Not only did she win the Polaris Music Prize but her performance at the […]

University of Toronto’s writer-in-residence shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize

University of Toronto’s writer-in-residence shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize

By Stephen Weir Aisha Sasha John, a Montreal-born author, artist and dancer of  Caribbean heritage, is one of three Canadians who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize. John who was born to Caribbean  immigrant parents (her father came from Barbados and her mother, from Dominica), is currently the University of Toronto’s writer-in-residence. […]

Trinidad-born writer to receive honorary degree from the University of Toronto

Trinidad-born writer to receive honorary degree  from the University of Toronto

Dionne Brand, poet, writer, filmmaker and educator, who was born  in Guayaguayare, Trinidad, is  one of  15 persons  who will receive honorary degrees from the University of  Toronto this year. The list of recipients of honorary degrees for 2018, released last week, includes Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Elena Kagan, parliamentarian […]

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

  Nobel laureate Sir Derek Alton Walcott, a poet and playwright, died on Friday at his home in his native island of St. Lucia, after a  prolonged illness. He was 87. Sir Derek received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years. In selecting  him, the Swedish […]

Book on music education launched at Northern Caribbean University

Book on music education launched  at Northern Caribbean University

MANDEVILLE, Jamaica — A book on music education in the Caribbean and Latin America was unveiled at the Northern Caribbean University  (NCU) campus here, recently. The book, Music Education in the Caribbean and Latin America: A Comprehensive Guide was formally launched by Dr Raymond Torres-Santos, Professor in the school of music at California State University […]

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