Toppa Top 6: The Caribbean’s Best Book Festivals

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Words by Natalie Weiner and Tishanna Williams—

If you just bumped into your favorite author on your favorite Caribbean beach, it may not be a coincidence. In recent years the springtime calendar in the islands has filled up with literary festivals drawing renowned authors from across the Caribbean and the world to destinations including Treasure Beach in Jamaica (home to the Calabash International Literary Festival, the first and biggest event of its kind) and Paradise Cove in Anguilla (site of the just-concluded Anguilla Lit Fest). With Calabash about to kick off its program tomorrow—look out for our interview with fest organizers Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell on the site then—we thought we’d compile a tour of the best book fests around the Caribbean, springtime or otherwise.

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  1. LargeUp Interview with Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell on Jamaica’s Calabash Festival | Repeating Islands

    […] When Colin Channer, Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell launched the Calabash International Literary Festival in 2001, it was the only event of its kind in the Caribbean. But its oceanfront location, at Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s south coast, ensured its appeal, and it quickly grew into a beacon, bringing major global literary figures like Junot Diaz and Robert Pinsky to Jamaica each spring. (It now happens every other year, not annually). Today, Calabash is not only a hugely popular and beloved event in Jamaica, but the inspiration for the numerous other international book festivals that have popped up across the Caribbean. […]


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