Award winning poet at Books & Books reading

Books & Books continues with their monthly visiting author series with a reading, discussion and booksigning by poet Lorna Goodison, Friday, 14 March.

The event, in celebration of the poet’s newly published memoir, ‘From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island’, will take place at 7pm, at the bookstore located in Camana Bay.

The event will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception with the author from 6pm. Both events are free and open to the general public.

Lorna Goodison is an internationally recognized poet who has published eight books of poetry and two collections of short stories. In 1999, she received the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, and her work has been widely translated and anthologized in major collections of contemporary poetry, most recently in the HarperCollins World Reader, the Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, and the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Goodison’s work has also appeared in such magazines as the Hudson Review and Ms. Magazine.

She was also recently short-listed for this year’s prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.

Born in Jamaica, Goodison divides her time between Toronto and Ann Arbor, where she teaches at the University of Michigan.

From Harvey River tells the riveting story of Goodison’s family and their trials and tribulations in Jamaica.

The memoir introduces readers to a cast of rich, wonderfully drawn characters. Goodison’s mother, Doris, always considered Harvey River home and the place where she was known as one of the ‘fabulous Harvey girls.’ It was also the place where she would return in dreams when her fortunes changed, years later, and she and her husband, Marcus Goodison, relocated to ‘hard life’ Kingston where they and their nine children encountered the harsh realities of urban living in close quarters.

Doris’ parents, Margaret and David, were childhood sweethearts who would go on to become the first family of Harvey River. Doris’ English grandfather, William, who once discovered a clearing at the end of a path cut by the feet of those running from slavery, leading him to give his name to what would be come his family’s home for generations.

Taxi-man Edmund, who yearns for the freedom of the big city. These are but a few of the compelling characters who make From Harvey River a literary tour de force.

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