Bahamian poet and fiction writer Marion Bethel will read from her edition of Guanahani, My Love at the University of Toronto on Thursday, October 15, 2009. The poetry recital, discussion, and book signing takes place at the Women and Gender Studies Institute Lounge, 2nd Floor, New College, 20 Willcocks Street, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
This reading is part of Bethel’s book tour. The author has recited her poetry in the Caribbean, South and North America, Europe, and Asia. In her poetry, Bethel touches upon contemporary themes such as foreign investment, tourism, and production, using regionally-resonant metaphors such as references to junkanoo and other types of cultural performance. Bahamian history, culture, family, and Caribbean connections are explored critically and creatively. Jacqueline Bishop, editor of literary journal Calabash, describes Guanahani, My Love as “sensuous poems of honor and touching reverence.” Her Guanahani poems are “entries into Caribbean magical realism” says Kamau Brathwaite, reknown poet, author, and literature professor at New York University.
Bethel, a Cambridge-trained attorney in Nassau, is also a James Michener and Harvard University fellow. Her poems have appeared in journals including Lignum Vitae, The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, and The Caribbean Writer and anthologies such as in Junction, From the Shallow Seas, and Moving Beyond Boundaries. In 1994, Bethel won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Prize for Guanahaní, mi amor y otros poemas, which was published in Cuba as a bilingual edition that year. The book was recently published in English by House of Nehesi Publishers [see previous post for more information: New Edition of Guanahani, My Love].
For more information on Guanahani, My Love, see http://www.houseofnehesipublish.com/
Photo of Marion Bethel from http://my.opera.com/PoetryOutLoud/albums/show.dml?id=156100