Their presenters are:
Judy Raymond former editor in chief of the T&T Guardian, who will share readings from her third book, The Colour of Shadows, an examination of the legacy of nineteenth century artist Richard Bridgens' depictions of West Indian slavery. Advance praise from Debbie Jacob hails Raymond's newest nonfiction offering as "beautifully written and truly alive", signalling its importance as a marker of our Caribbean cultural consciousness.
Kevin Jared Hosein will read selections from his debut novel, The Repenters, hailed by its editor Jacob Ross of Peepal Tree Press as a surprising, stunning new novel which depicts our society in startling ways. Winner of the 2015 Caribbean arm of the Commonwealth Short Story competition, Hosein's work also appears in the New Worlds, Old Ways speculative fiction anthology from Peekash Press.
Poet Colin Robinson will share from You Have You Father Hard Head, a debut collection that explores the entanglements of Caribbean maleness, filial devotion and intimacy in small spaces. Speaking of these poems, in an interview for the T&T's Sunday Arts Section, Robinson says "my work punctuates Caribbean silences about desire, illegitimacy, suicide, abortion, abandonment."
Rounding out their May quartet, historian and founder of Paria Publishing Company Limited Gerard Besson will read passages from Roume de St. Laurent: A Memoir. Described by Besson as "the Frenchman who enabled French royalists to migrate to Trinidad in the eighteenth century", Saint Laurent is a figure dogged by controversy, making this memoir a riotous romp with a consummate adventurer.
As this gathering of fresh new writing from Trinidad & Tobago shows, the book industry is far from dead -- You're invited to celebrate this richness and diversity in local writing, for what promises to be another enthusiastic evening of Tea & Readings.
Tickets are priced at $120 and include the cost of wine and refreshments.
So that they may comfortably finalize catering arrangements, please confirm your booking on or before Wednesday, May 25th.
Bookings can be made at Paper Based Bookshop, 10 am - 6pm (Mon-Fri) and 10 am - 4 pm (Saturday), or by telephone: 625-3197 / 734-6091.
(Please note that they can only accept cash or cheque for tickets.)