Bocas Lit Fest

For the third year running, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, T&T’s annual literary festival, will host an event showcasing Caribbean writing talent in New York.

Three highly regarded new authors will participate in a reading and discussion titled Coming from Far: Caribbean Writers on Home and Otherness, presented by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest at the 2014 Harlem Book Fair World Fiction Festival, on Friday 11 July 2014.

Tiphanie Yanique of the US Virgin Islands, heads the line-up with her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which was released by Penguin/Riverhead this week but has already received rave advanced reviews. Her first short-story collection, How To Escape From a Leper Colony, won the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction.

Yanique will be joined by Barbadian-American writer A Naomi Jackson, whose debut novel, Who Don’t Hear Will Feel, was recently signed by Penguin Press. Jackson is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as is the event’s third writer, Stephen Narain, who was born in the Bahamas to Guyanese parents. Narain, who was featured as a New Talent Showcase writer at the 2012 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, is currently completing his first book. The event will be moderated by the Bocas festival programme director, Nicholas Laughlin.

“Promoting and supporting new writers is a crucial part of what the NGC Bocas Lit Fest does,” Laughlin said in the release. “We put emerging writers in the spotlight at our annual festival in Port-of-Spain. We set up opportunities for Caribbean writers to participate in other literary events around the world, and we run writer development programmes to identify and encourage new talent from across the region.”

“Tiphanie, who participated in the first Bocas in 2011, is widely considered a rising star of Caribbean writing,” Laughlin added. “Naomi and Stephen are exciting newcomers who are already winning prizes for their fiction. All three are part of a generation of emerging writers who are reshaping Caribbean literature.”

Friends in NYC, join us for:

Coming from Far: Caribbean Writers on Home and Otherness
With Tiphanie Yanique, A. Naomi Jackson, and Stephen Narain, moderated by Nicholas Laughlin
Presented by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest
Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia University School of Law,
435 West 116th Street
Room 101/103; 1:30pm – 3:00pm



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