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BIAJ celebrates The Arts with Kingston Book Festival 2013

Book Industry Association of Jamaica | 2013-02-07 00:00:00

Kingston is gearing up for nine (9) amazing days dedicated to celebrating books as the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) launched the second annual Kingston Book Festival.  The 2013 staging of the Kingston Book Festival will take over several venues across the city from Saturday March 2, to Sunday, March 10, 2013 under the theme ‘Celebrating the Arts’.

The launch took place at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Members of the BIAJ unveiled an exciting schedule of activities across the week that showcase books on film, music, theatre, dance, fine art and photography.

“The Kingston book festival will highlight the vital role that publishing plays in preserving, sharing and promoting Jamaican culture,” said Norman Marshall president of the BIAJ. “Jamaica has a vibrant and diverse heritage burgeoning with great talent and through this festival we will celebrate books, we will celebrate he arts, we will celebrate Jamaica.”

The BIAJ has lined up an impressive roster of readers, performers and presenters to participate in the event. Festival Chair, Kellie Magnus pointed out that the programme is filled to bursting with celebrated members of the international and local book industries. Participants include Christopher John Farley, Lorna Goodison, Kei Miller, Edward Baugh, Carolyn Cooper, Nomaddz, Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Tanya Shirley, Mel Cooke, and Roland Watson-Grant.

“It was amazing the willingness and responsiveness of those we approached to participate in this festival,” Ms. Magnus said. “The Kingston book festival will be geared for all lovers of books and books of all types,” she said pointing to the diverse offerings of the festival.

The festival will include readings, film screenings, book launches, school tours, seminars, investment panels, workshops and networking sessions and will culminate in a mega ‘book jam’ dubbed Wake the Town and Tell the People on Friday March 8, and the festival’s signature event, the Kingston Book Fair at Devon House on Saturday March 9.

The Kingston Book Festival was created by the BIAJ to promote literacy and a love of reading and to showcase the breadth of the Jamaican publishing industry. The festival will also raise funds for several book related charities.

Partners, and sponsors of Kingston Book Festival 2013 are the Spanish Court Hotel, CHASE, The Observer, Sangsters Bookstores, Power 106, National Library of Jamaica, the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists, Jackmandora, Blue Moon Publishing, Pelican Publishing, Jamaica Cultural Enterprises, Event 2 Event, Jamaica Trade and Invest (JAMPRO),, Caribbean Literature Action Group, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the University of the West Indies, Bookophilia,  Peace and Love in Schools, the Ministry of Education, and Kingston City Run.

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