Bocas Goes to Brooklyn

I apologize to all our readers for forgetting to post this fantastic event going on in Brooklyn today: Sunday, September 23, 2012! The NGC Bocas Lit Fest comes to Brooklyn to celebrate 50 years of Trinidad and Tobago independence, with readings by Earl Lovelace (Is Just a Movie), Victoria Brown (Minding Ben) and Anton Nimblett (Sections of an Orange). The event, moderated by Nicholas Laughlin, NGC Bocas Lit Fest organizer and editor of the Caribbean Review of Books, takes place at 3:00pm at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room (209 Joralemon Street). The event is free and open to the public.

Description: The 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of Independence in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica — and the NGC Bocas Lit Fest is thrilled to be part of the celebration with “Bocas Presents.” The 2012 BBF programme includes other events celebrating Caribbean writing and writers, including a reading hosted by Jamaica’s Calabash International Literary Festival, immediately preceding “Bocas Presents”:

Calabash Presents: Jamaica’s legendary Calabash International Literary Festival celebrates 50 years of Jamaican independence with readings by premier Jamaican-born novelists and poets Chris John Farley (Kingston Noir), Jacqueline Bishop (Snapshots from Istanbul), and Ishion Hutchinson (Far District). Moderated by Calabash co-founder Kwame Dawes, this activity takes place at 2:00pm, at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room (209 Joralemon Street)

Earl Lovelace, winner of the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize, will feature in another event earlier in the day: Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Me Into: Marie-Helene Bertino (Safe as Houses), Karen Thompson Walker (The Age of Miracles) and Earl Lovelace (Is Just a Movie) plop their characters into almost unbelievable, surreal situations. Join us as they discuss the inspiration behind these settings. Moderated by Anderson Tepper, Vanity Fair, the event takes place at 11:00am at the Saint Francis College Auditorium (180 Remsen Street).

The 2012 BBF programme also features appearances by Edwidge Danticat, non-fiction winner of the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize, and Tiphanie Yanique, fiction winner of the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize.

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