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Illustrious Exile: Journal of my Sojourn in the West Indies by Robert Burns, Esq. Commenced on the first day of July 1786
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In 1786, the Scottish poet Robert Burns, penniless and needing to escape the consequences of his complicated love life, accepted the position of book-keeper on an estate in Jamaica. The success of his Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect made this escape unnecessary. Thus far is historical fact. In Andrew Lindsayâs novel, Burns indeed goes to Jamaica and then to the Dutch colony of Demerara where, into the world of sugar and slavery, he brought his propensity for falling in love, his humanity and his urge to write poetry. In 1997 a small mahogany chest is found in a Wai Wai Amerindian village in Guyana. It contains Burnsâ journal from 1786 to 1796, when he died.
Andrew Lindsayâs novel is a work of imaginative invention, poetic description and meticulous historical reconstruction. As a fellow Scot who has settled in Guyana, Lindsay brings an incomerâs fresh eye to the Caribbean landscape and imaginative insights into how Burns as a man of his times might have responded to slavery. Not least, Illustrious Exile contains some brilliant versions of Burnsâ poems, as written in the Caribbean.
About the Author
Andrew O. Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1946. He studied English at the University of St Andrews where he gained the degrees of MA and B.Phil. He spent his professional career at Madras College, St Andrews, much of the time as Principal Teacher of English. He was able to take early retirement in 2003, a move that allowed him to devote himself to writing full-time.
Andrew has always had a strong interest in the life and works of Robert Burns, and is a past president of St Andrews Burns Club, one of the oldest in Scotland. His partner Eve is a daughter of the late Denis Williams, the distinguished Guyanese archaeologist, author and artist, and Andrew now regards Guyana as his second home. The more he grew aware of the history of the once great Demerara sugar plantations, the more he became intrigued by Burnsâ virtual silence on the subject of the slave trade, particularly since the poet had seriously contemplated emigrating to the West Indies. The result was Illustrious Exile(2006).
He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished. He is currently gathering materials for a collection of short stories based on the varied experiences of âreturneesâ in Guyana. As a Scot in Guyana his own experiences raise issues of identity that he is exploring further in poetry and prose. (Courtesy of Peepal Tree Press)
Marie-Elena John is a former Africa development specialist. She and her husband and two children divide their time between Washington, D.C., and Antigua. This is her first novel. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)
Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
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Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death (May 11, 1981) NEW BOOK FROM AMISTAD/HARPERCOLLINS ISBN: 0060539917; On Sale: 05/02/2006; Format: Hardcover; Pages: 224; Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley -- including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others -- Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times. This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, Catch a Fire. We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From acclaimed journalist Christopher John Farley, the author of the bestselling biography of Aaliyah and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Before the Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.
About the Author
Christopher John Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is the author of the bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and the novels My Favorite War and Kingston by Starlight. He is also the coauthor of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He has worked as an editor and pop-music critic at Time magazine and is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Muscular Learning: Cricket and Education in the Making of the British West Indies at the End of the 19th Century
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This study is a major contributopn to the debate on cricket and society in the West Indies. This book was written with passion and imagination and inspired by CLR James's masterpiece Beyond a Boundary. The book explores the role of theat quintessential imperial game-cricket and education in the shaping of identity in the former British West Indies from the latter years of slavery to 1900.
About the Author
Clem Seecharan is a Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University. He is the authour of the 2005 Elsa Goveia Prize winner Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell the Booker reformer in British Guiana 1934-1966.
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This may be the smallest fort ever constructed by the Dutch overseas. Kyk-Over-Al: the historic name of a small island, about 1.5 acres in size, is located at the junction of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers.
In the late 16th century, Europeans began to trade in the West Indies for salt, which was at that time a `luxuryâ in Europe. European trade goods were exchanged for indigenous products such as annatto, which was used as a dye in Europe.
However, the trade was not economically viable as the quantities of items supplied by the indigenous peoples were insufficient. Thus depots were built to collect and store produce until the arrival of the ships. Two depots, one at Nibie, a small village on the Abary Creek, and one on the Pomeroon River, were established for his purpose.
The latter was soon removed during the early part of the 17th century to a small island at the junction of the three rivers, Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni. A small fort armed with a few guns was constructed. It was named Fort Ter Hoogen in honour of an influential Dutchman. However, this appellation soon gave way to the descriptive name Kyk-Over-Al (See Over All).
The British governed the island in 1666 for a short period. However, it was recaptured and fortified by the Dutch. Activities reached a peak in 1670, when a great deal of trading was done with the local tribes.
By 1716, the island became overcrowded and this resulted in the decision to construct a new house for the Commadeur at Cartabo Point. Dutch administration was relocated to Fort Island, closer to the mouth of Essequibo River. In 1748, most of the buildings were demolished and the materials were used to construct a sugar mill at Plantation Duyenenburg, which was located along the Essequibo River.
During the boundary dispute of 1897 between Venezuela and the British Guiana, excavations of the foundations of the remaining ruins and the bricks of the lower course were undertaken to clarify the builders of the fort. The samples taken were analysed in England. These examinations revealed that the bricks used in the construction of the fort were of Dutch origin. This knowledge was used to substantiate the claim that the British had inherited territories formerly occupied by the Dutch.
In June 1910, the island was thoroughly cleared of its undergrowth by an order of Governor Sir Frederick Hodgson. Many parts of the fort, including the stone ramparts and brick pavements complete with relics of Dutch occupation such as canon balls, glass bottles and several clay tobacco pipes were unearthed.
The ruins revealed that the ground floor was used as a storehouse for food and goods received from the indigenous and a magazine. There were three rooms on the top floor - one for the soldiers, one for the Commandeur and the other for the Secretary of the colony of Essequibo.
Today, all that remains of the fort is a brick arch.
On July 20, 1999, the island was declared a National monument. This site is maintained and managed by the National Trust of Guyana.
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Isabel Adonis,Elizabeth Alleyne,Caz,CleanSlate,Cyril Dabydeen,David Dabydeen,Hope McMillian,Michaela V. McRae,Pertamber Persaud,Jeremy Poynting,Guoyan Rampersaud,James C. Richmond,Zaira Simone,Kamanie Singh,Jacqueline Ward,Wyc Williams
Published: April 11, 2006 3:00 PM ET updated Wednesday NEW YORK At first glance, the journalism building at Columbia University is not the most noticeable structure on campus. Most visitors to the upper Manhattan location are likely drawn more to the Low Memorial Library and its domed top, the bronze casting of Rodin's 'The Thinker' outside the Philosophy building, or the detail of St. Paul's Chapel.
But for one week a year, the seven-story building of newsroom learning, tucked into a campus corner along Broadway near 116th Street, is the central focus of the U.S. newspaper world. That is where the 18-person Pulitzer Board meets this week to pick the winners of the organization's 14 journalism awards.
As in the past, secrecy surrounds the gathering, which will take place on Thursday and Friday, with board members reluctant to even discuss their view of the awards, let alone any hint of who might be favored. "I don't talk about it and I don't talk about why I don't talk about it," said Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the Associated Press, who is in her third year on the board. "I am a tomb."
Amanda Bennett, editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a four-year board member, is also close-mouthed. "It is great to focus on the exceptional journalism that is produced around the country," she told E&P. "That is all I can say."
Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler, in his fourth year of overseeing the prizes, said "it's been a busy and challenging week. We expect a thorough discussion and some interesting results."
Beyond that, Gissler followed the same secretive approach as the board members. When asked how the new rule change allowing online entries in every journalism category had impacted the judging, he says, "I don't want to get into characterizing the entries. But we did have online material in the various categories."
As always, the three finalists in each category, chosen several weeks ago by the Pulitzer juries, are never officially revealed until the winners are named on Monday, April 17. But that has not stopped the inevitable leaks, which began within hours of the finalist choices. E&P quickly reported finalists in 11 of the 14 categories (see list below), based on leaks from judges and confirmations from editors and reporters. In the weeks since, no one has contested a single entry on the E&P list.
We have now added leaks on the alleged finalists in the three missing categories--listed as the final three below.
Gissler, who has spoken out annually against the leaks and notes that each juror signs an agreement not to reveal the finalists, reiterated his opposition to the practice. "We always consider it regrettable when there is speculation like that," he said. "I really don't keep track of it that carefully. But it is regrettable because the decisions aren't final until the board acts, and [leaks] can add to confusion and heartache."
One of the reason finalists are never formally revealed until the winners are announced is because the board has the power to move finalists from category to category, choose a winning entry that was not even picked as a finalist by the juries, or demote a finalist out of the competition entirely. Board members also have the discretion to choose no winners in a particular category, or give the prize to more than one.
This year's finalists offer coverage that ranges from CIA wiretapping and secret prison operations to reporting on Hurricane Katrina to various investigative efforts. Some board members with ties to papers up for awards will also have to recuse themselves from a number of categories, as always.
Among those are Jim Amoss of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, whose paper is a finalist in at least two categories; Columnist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, which is a purported finalist in several categories; and Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post, which also counts several finalists among its entries.
"We continue to have our rule that members recuse themselves if they are part of a news organization that has an entry," Gissler said. "I leave that up to them."
The Finalists, as far as we know:
Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Chris Rose of the Times-Picayune
The Washington Post (revelations about Jack Abramoff) South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FEMA probe) Los Angeles Times (Getty Museum)
The New York Times (NSA wiretapping revelations) The New York Times (body armor) Copley News Service/The San Diego Union-Tribune ("Duke" Cunningham)
The Blade of Toledo ("Coingate") The Washington Post (package on terrorism) The Sun-Herald of Biloxi, Miss. (Katrina)
BEAT REPORTING (new)
The Washington Post (Dana Priest, secret prisons) The New York Times (Barry Meier, defective heart implant) Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss. (Jerry Mitchell, civil rights murders)
The New York Times (China) Los Angeles Times (Muslims in Europe) The Washington Post (Iraq coverage by Steve Fainaru)
The Washington Post (David Finkel for reports about Yemen) Miami Herald (breakdowns in hurricane warning system) Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (rabies)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courthouse shooting) The Times-Picayune of New Orleans (Katrina) South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Hurriance Wilma)
Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.
SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Los Angeles Times (Gaza pullout) Dallas Morning News (Katrina) The Associated Press (Katrina)
Los Angeles Times (Catholic priests in Alaska) Rocky Mountain News ('Final Salute') South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Holocaust survivor)
Jerry Saltz of the Village Voice, art Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times, architecture. Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, fashion.
Chicago Tribune (Mary Schmich) Rocky Mountain News ('Final Salute') The New York Times (Dan Barry)
The Sun-Herald of Biloxi, Miss. (Katrina) The Oregonian (mental health treatment) Birmingham (Al.) News (death penalty)
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