Kingston Book Festival 2013 Schedule

The 2013 Kingston Book Festival kicked off its events today. Unfortunately I did not make it to Love Affair With Literature 2, but I plan to make it to some of the other events this week. See schedule below.

Kingston Book Festival 2013
Celebrating the Arts

Sunday, March 3

11:00am-1:00pm: Love Affair with Literature II. Kickoff of Literatures in English Month

Featuring Kei Miller, Lorna Goodison, Eddie Baugh and Tanya Batson Savage.

Room N1, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

3:00 p.m. – 5:45 pm: Dance Dialogues and Dance Umbrella Performance

Panel discussion by leading dance theoreticians and authors of books about Jamaican dance, including Barbara Requa and Monica da Silva; book sale. Dance Umbrella performance begins at 6:00pm.

Philip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Monday, March 4

10:00am-4:00pm: High School Tour

Authors, illustrators and book industry representatives visit selected high schools and the Mico Teachers’ College to talk about writing and careers in books.

Coordinated by Book Industry Association of Jamaica and Jamaica Reading Association

 7:00pm: Short Film Night at Red Bones

Featuring Jamaican books that have been made into movies: Country of the One Eyed God, Smile Orange.

Red Bones Blues Café. 1 Argyle Road. Kingston 10

 7:00pm: VERB: The Word in Action!

A Christian writers’ forum. Readings of Christian books and performances by Christian artists. Panel discussion on Christian publishing with Shirley Carby, Rev. Garnet Roper, Dr. Maitland Evans, Jo-Ann Richards, Dahlia Harris and Tarik Carey. Previews of two Caribbean Christian films.

Hosted by Meto Corporation and Christian Booksellers Association

Webster Memorial Church Hall. Half Way Tree Road. Kingston 10

Tuesday, March 5

10:00am-2:00pm Read for Peace. Peace Day in Schools.

Visits to/readings in schools, featuring popular mascots

Coordinated by Book Industry Association of Jamaica and Jamaica Reading Association

 7:00pm: JCDC Celebration: JCDC writers’ workshop and preview of two books based on pieces submitted to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission annual Festival competition.

By invitation only.

Hosted by Pelican Publishers and Jackmandora

Eden Gardens. 39 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston 5

Wednesday, March 6

10:00am-4:00pm: National Library of Jamaica Open Day/Exhibition.

Special exhibition of books, photographs and audiovisual items related to Jamaica’s visual and performing arts

Arts Deposit Day: writers, film-makers, musicians invited to make legal deposit of two copies of each work.

12 East Street, Kingston

10:00am Library Tour. Repeated at 1:00pm.

11:00am-12:00pm: Join creative artists Monica DaCosta, Paul O. Beale, Dennis Howard, David Boxer and Peter Ferguson as they share their experiences in publishing their books. Repeated at 3:00pm.

10:00am-2:00pm: Primary School Children’s Tour – Look Behind the Book

Pilot of tour to introduce children to the world of books and the publishing landscape: Meeting with authors and illustrators; visits to publishing company, printer, bookstore, library.

Coordinated by BIAJ, Jackmandora and Jamaica Cultural Enterprises

12:00pm: BIAJ Books on Wheels Donation to the University of the West Indies Pediatric Ward. In partnership with the Spanish Jamaican Foundation

Carlong Publishers Donation to Savanna-la-mar Hospital

7:00pm: Theatre Night: From the Page to the Stage

Family night celebrating the intersection between books and theatre.

Special showings of Patrick Brown’s Glass Slippaz and Basil Dawkins’ Dangerous Ambitions.

Coordinated by Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists

Glass Slippaz: Centre Stage.

Dangerous Ambitions: The Little Little Theatre. 4 Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston 5.

Thursday, March 7: World Book Day

9:00am-11:00am: The Business of Books: Book Industry Investor Presentation

Presentation to financial institutions and investors on investment opportunities in the book industry.

Coordinated by BIAJ and Jamaica Trade and Invest (JAMPRO)

JAMPRO Training Room. JAMPRO. 18 Trafalgar Road. Kingston 10

11:00am-1:00pm: Industry networking sessions

Collaborative sessions between local publishers and publishers, booksellers, and industry representatives from the US, UK and the Caribbean. By invitation only.

Coordinated by BIAJ and Caribbean Literature Action Group

JAMPRO Training Room. JAMPRO. 18 Trafalgar Road. Kingston 10

2:00pm-4:00pm: Notes from Edna

In celebration of Founders’ Week at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, dancers from the college will lead viewers through a world of Edna Manley’s thoughts as penned in her diaries (edited by Rachel Manley). Choreographed by Neila Ebanks

1 Arthur Wint Drive. Kingston 5 

7:00pm-9:00pm BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)/ Readers’ Chat

Readers bring a book to exchange with other readers or to donate to charity and discuss books they’d like to see published. Book-themed presentations from readers, authors and illustrators, in partnership with Pecha Kucha Night Kingston.

Coordinated by BIAJ and Pecha Kucha. Hosted by Bookophilia

Bookophilia. 92 Hope Road. Kingston 6

Friday, March 8

10:00am-4:00pm: Industry Workshops

Sessions for writers, publishers, booksellers.

Spanish Court Hotel

Selling into the Caribbean Diaspora: Marva Allen, Hue Man Bookstore (NY); Michael Williams, BIS Publications (UK); Johnny Temple, Akashic Books (NY); Jaime de Pablos, Random House (NY)

Getting Published Internationally: Annie Paul, Kei Miller, Roland Watson Grant

Making Memories; Making Money: The business of memoirs

Chaired by Christopher John Farley; Latoya West Blackwood, Pelican Publishers; Sydney Lowrie, ghostwriter

Marketing Books in the Digital Age: Social media and digital marketing techniques for publishers and writers

Ingrid Riley, ConnectID; Lloyd Laing, JL Mobile

Admission: $1500. Registration required. Register online at or email

Spanish Court Hotel. 1 St. Lucia Avenue. Kingston 5.

10:00am-4:00pm Research Day at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts

Presentations on new arts-based research from the Edna Manley College

1 Arthur Wint Drive. Kingston 5 

6:00pm-8:00pm Wake the Town and Tell the People!

An eclectic celebration in word, sound and song. Featuring Christopher John Farley, editor of the Wall Street Journal and author of numerous biographies of musicians; readings from books about Jamaican music (Wayne Chen, Sonjah Stanley Naiah, Carolyn Cooper); performances by poets and Jamaican singers with socially conscious and literarily sound lyrics. Proceeds collected for libraries in children’s homes and places of safety.

Red Bones Blues Café. 1 Argyle Road. Kingston 10 

Saturday, March 9

10:00am-6:00pm: Kingston Book Fair

Booths and exhibits from publishers, self-publishers, booksellers, trade associations. Drama, dance, music, art activities.

South Lawn, Devon House

Children’s book events and activities

Author readings/signings

1:00pm-2:00pm Pitch Me a Story

(Authors pitch book ideas to publishers)

Registration Required. Email:

2:15pm-6:00pm: Readings and Book Launches: Featuring Roland Watson Grant, Diana McCaulay, Dennis Chung, Raymond Mair, Sandra Ottey, Adziko Simba, Karen Carpenter, Alverston Bailey Tanya Shirley, Yendi Phillips.

6:30pm-8:30pm: Arts Fusion!

Mixer forging collaborations between the literary, visual, cinematic and performing arts

Coordinated by BIAJ and Visual and Performing Arts Jamaica

By invitation only.

Bin 26 Wine Bar, Devon House.

Sunday, March 10

 7:00am Kingston City Run and Kingston Book Festival 5k

Proceeds collected for libraries in children’s homes and places of safety.

Details and registration online at

Coordinated by BIAJ and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association

Emancipation Park. New Kingston.

1:00pm-3:00pm Closing Event: Closing Day of the National Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica

Nicola Smythe-Johnson, Senior Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica leads a discussion on art publishing with Claudia Hucke, Kay Sullivan, David Muir, Annie Paul, Tamara Scott-Williams and Veerle Poupeye.

Panel will be followed by a tour of the National Biennial, with emphasis on pieces inspired by literature. Gallery will be open from 11 to 4, free admission and free tours (including children’s activity tour).

Coordinated by BIAJ and the National Gallery of Jamaica.

National Gallery of Jamaica. 12 Ocean Boulevard. Kingston


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