Bios & Bookmarks is an online reading series with popular authors, powered by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. It features readings and discussions with both familiar and new Caribbean writers across the region and diaspora – allowing us to get to know the faces behind the words and what’s on their bookshelves.
It’s also an opportunity to share comfort, laughter and insights to help get us through these uncertain times. It may be a time for social distancing, but we’ve found a way to get a little up close and personal with some of our favourite authors!
Launched in the midst of the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ period back in April 2020, Bios & Bookmarks turned out to be one of our favourite virtual offerings, and is now a regular part of our online programming. In 2021, we’re back with four seasons, each with 6 episodes.
As the global pandemic continues and we move deeper into our ‘new normal’, we’re reminded of how much words matter; how much language, literature and the expression of ideas help sustain us in difficult and isolating times. Our goal is to allow folks to celebrate Caribbean writing wherever they are in the world.
Featuring authors Lauren K. Alleyne, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Sonia Farmer, Curdella Forbes, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Richard Georges, Aaron Kamugisha, Anthony Joseph, Caroline Mackenzie and Tessa McWatt.
Featuring authors Karen Lord, Diana McCaulay, Rabindranath Maharaj, Jeanelle Frontin, Amanda Alcantara, and Roger Robinson.
Season 3 of Bios & Bookmarks ended on 12 December 2020 and featured authors Canisia Lubrin, Tamika Gibson, Mervyn Taylor, Alex Wheatle, Donna Hemans and Bernardine Evaristo.
Season 4: January - March 2021
We open 2021 with a new season and a new theme: Crime & Wonderment! Over six Sundays, the series explored the theme of “Crime and Wonderment” with new and acclaimed writers, delving into the crime and suspense realm, and exploring behind the speculative curtain of mythical tales and folkloric imaginations.