The University of the West Indies Press’ Books Receives Award-Winning Finalist Honours from the 2019 International Book Awards

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The University of the West Indies Press (UWI Press) is pleased to announce that three of its books have been honoured as award-winning finalists in the 2019 International Book Awards

  • My Political Journey: Jamaica’s Sixth Prime Minister by P.J. Patterson is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Autobiography/Memoir category.
  • Beryl McBurnie by Judy Raymond is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Biography category.
  • Free: A Novel by Martin Mordecai is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: General category.

American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of the 2019 International Book Awards (IBA) on June 11, 2019. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

More information about the 10th Annual International Book Awards can be found at

American Book Fest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry – mainstream, independent, & self-published. More information can be found at

About the UWI Press

The mission of the UWI Press is to be the premier scholarly book publisher in the Caribbean, to enhance and encourage research and publication of Caribbean scholarship, to promote the global reputation of The University of the West Indies by empowering the scholarly community it serves, and to disseminate Caribbean scholarship to the world within a cost-effective environment. For more, visit


About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)–UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit

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