Around the Corner: Calabash International Literary Festival

Jamaica’s Calabash International Literary Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a weekend of readings, live music, cinema and conversation at Jake’s Resort in Treasure Beach from Friday, May 28, to Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Opening night at Calabash 2010 will feature a rare screening of the late Jamaican director Trevor Rhone’s 1976 comedy classic Smile Orange, the story or a roguish waiter at a beach-side hotel. Performers for a late night concert include roots rock reggae superstar Freddie McGregor and Jamaican singer/songwriter Etana. The festival will close with the lyrics of Bob Marley’s final studio album Uprising, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. All events will be free and open to the public.

The list of writers participating this year includes Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), Geoff Dyer (UK), Colson Whitehead (USA), Nami Mun (South Korea), Sharon Olds (USA), Sudeep Sen (India), Feryal Ali Guaher (Pakistan), Helen Oyeyemi (Nigeria), and Russell Banks (USA). Calabash 2010 will also mark the release of the anthology So Much Things to Say (edited by Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer) a collection of works by 100 poets who have appeared at the festival, including Li Young Lee, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Martín Espada, Michael Ondaatje, Natasha Trethewey, Robert Pinsky, Mutabaruka, and Suheir Hamad.

Colin Channer, the festival’s artistic director since its founding in 2001, says “Calabash knows how to put on a splash. We take literature seriously but we also take fun seriously. We’re an international festival that lives in harmony with its local community of fishermen and farmers. We’re grown up now at ten, I guess, but we’ll always be young at heart, always Calabash … earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse.”

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