New Book: G. Modele Clark’s “Up in Mahaica—Stories from the Market People”

I am delighted to see that my former colleague at Marist College, Reverend G. Modele “Dale” Clarke, has just published a beautiful collection of short stories: Up in Mahaica—Stories from the Market People (2012).

Description: Up in Mahaica: Stories from the Market People is a lively collection of short stories that revolves about unusual characters in an oil refinery town in southern Trinidad. Many of these stories reflect the impact of the almost total control the British-owned oil company—euphemistically called The Company—on the residents of Point Fortin. The people would scheme against each other and resort to “obeah” to win affection or to avenge real or imagined offenses. And through it all, most residents secretly want to abandon the poverty of their post colonial existence and escape to the middleclass mirage the oil company created up in Mahaica. The open-air market vendors, the only ones not beholden to the British company, hold the community’s secrets.

The author has remained in awe of the colorful and unusual characters with whom he grew up in Point Fortin and who impacted his life in ways that he is still discovering. He has borrowed from their incredible stories and from their remarkable lives to create the stories for Up in Mahaica. He has buried a few morsels of reality in these tales because some long-forgotten name or the spotty memory of an issue or event became the genesis of every story in this memorable collection.

Rev. Dr. G. Modele Clarke was born in Trinidad, West Indies. He is senior pastor at New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston, New York, and has lectured and ministered in Uganda, Trinidad, Grand Cayman Island, and Puerto Rico. A retired faculty member with the School of Communication and the Arts, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, Clarke taught various journalism-related classes. He graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He was a reporter, editor, columnist, freelance magazine writer, and public relations practitioner. He received masters of divinity (MDiv) and doctor of ministry (DMin) from Trinity Theological Seminary. He was also inducted into the National Omicron-Psi Honor Society for his distinguished theological scholarship and community service. Clarke also studied at New York Theological Seminary, where he was the recipient of the Benjamin Mays Fellowship.

[Many thanks to Donald Anderson for bringing this item to our attention.]

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