Literary weekend offered at Books & Books

Camana Bay’s bookstore, Books & Books, is offering a weekend of literary entertainment, following its opening at 3pm today.

To celebrate, Books & Books is inviting the public to spend this evening with some of Cayman’s finest writers and international authors.

Cayman-based authors attending on Friday evening include Shane Aquart, Karie Bergstrom, Roy Bodden, Fred Burton, Cathy Church, Cleopatra Conolly, Barbara Currie Dailey, Sheree Ebanks, Henry Muttoo, Eme and Hector Paschalides, Courtney Platt, Corine Solomon and Suzy Soto.

On Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon, Books & Books will be entertaining young readers with the help of some familiar characters from their favourite story books. Meet Peter Rabbit, Wild Thing and Clifford from the Big Red Dog, and listen to readings from classic children’s books. At the craft stalls, kids can try their hand at making book marks, masks and Christmas cards.

At 1pm this Saturday, America’s master griller Steven Raichlen will take you on a culinary tour around the world of barbeque with a slideshow and presentation. Author of the best-selling Barbecue Bible books, Raichlen also wrote the award-winning cookbook Miami Spice: The New Florida Cuisine.

The literary spotlight changes direction at 3pm when ‘South Florida Meets the Caribbean,’ an afternoon introduced by Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan, and Johnny Temple of Akashic Books, publishers of some of the Caribbean’s most notable writers.

Authors reading at Books & Books on Saturday afternoon include some of the region’s finest writers: Les Standiford and John Dufresne from Florida, Marlon James from Jamaica, Lisa Allen-Agostini from Trinidad and Ana Menendez, the daughter of Cuban exiles.

Les Standiford is the author of the critically acclaimed Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean, as well as ten novels, most recently Havana Run. Recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, he is director of the Creative Writing Programme at Florida International University in Miami.

Jamaican-born Marlon James is an award-winning artist and writer. His debut novel, John Crow’s Devil tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957. He is one of today’s freshest, most talented young writers.

John Dufresne is the author of Louisiana Power & Light, Deep in the Shade of Paradise , and Johnny Too Bad. He is a professor of creative writing at Florida International University.

Lisa Allen-Agostini is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author of a children’s novel, The Chalice Project. An award-winning journalist, she has been a reporter, editor, and columnist with the Trinidad Express and the Trinidad Guardian.

Ana Menendez is the author of two books of fiction, which have been translated into several languages: In Cuba I was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and whose title story won a Pushcart Prize; and Loving Che, a national best-seller. She has lived in Turkey and South

Asia, where she reported out of Afghanistan and Kashmir. On Saturday evening, the emphasis is back to food with a Barbeque Cayman Style party from 6pm to 8pm. Enjoy lip-smacking food and live music, with Gourmet BBQ Hoisin Pork Tenderloin, courtesy of The Sunshine Grill; BBQ Chicken & Pork Spareribs, from Chef John; Jerk Chicken & Pork from Jay Jay (Big Chef Little island) and Signature Blackbeard’s Rum BBQ Baby Back Ribs, courtesy of Lone Star.

Barbeque Cayman Style would not be complete without the Barefoot Man, who will be hiking shoeless from the East End courtesy of the Reef Resort, providing his unique style of beats throughout the evening.

Local author Roy Bodden will be among the writers at Friday’s grand opening. Photo: File

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