Jul 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kingston Noir

LargeUp Interview: Akashic Books’ Johnny Temple on Bringing Caribbean Stories To The World


Words by Jesse Serwer—
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EVENT: Kingston Noir x Miss Lily’s Variety x The LargeUp Sessions, Thurs. 7/12

Words by LargeUp Crew—

This Thursday night, Kingston Noir editor (or perhaps we should say “producer”) and noted Jamaican author Colin Channer will stop by Miss Lily’s Variety in NYC for a book reading and reasoning session, from 7 to 9pm EST. We’ll be broadcasting the event live on a special extended version of our RadioLily show, The LargeUp Sessions (which starts at the usual time of 6pm EST), with DJ Gravy and Sherman Escoffery. This event is, of course, open to the public, so if you’re in NYC Thursday night, make sure to stop through Miss Lily’s Variety and say hi. In the meantime, get the vibes going early with Colin’s Toppa Top 10 “noir” reggae selections (which we’ll be running in full Thursday night), read Sherman’s interview with the man here, and keep your digital radio locked to RadioLily.

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Reggae Noir: Colin Channer Selects 10 Dark Reggae Classics


Words by Colin Channer—

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LargeUp Yuh Self: Introducing “The LargeUp Sessions” Thursday Nights on Radio Lily

Words by LargeUp Crew—

If you haven’t heard, LargeUp now has a radio show, The LargeUp Sessions, on RadioLily.com, so if you aren’t already tuning in every Thursday night from 6 to 8 pm, you should be. Hosted by LargeUp founder DJ Gravy, each week The LargeUp Sessions brings you a mix of dancehall, reggae, soca, hip-hop and more with guests from the world of Caribbean music and culture, broadcast live from the front window at Miss Lily’s Variety, on West Houston Street, in downtown NYC.

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LargeUp Interview: Author Colin Channer on “Kingston Noir”

Words by Sherman Escoffery—

Kingston Noir is an anthology that makes readers feel like a participant instead of just a mere spectator. Expertly curated by editor Colin Channer (who also contributed the story “Monkey Man”), its 11 dark stories collectively present a complex, vérité look into the shadows of Kingston, Jamaica. An unscripted interview with Colin could easily turn into a treatment for a full-length documentary, because he is an amazing storyteller that can easily weave fiction with historical facts, with few able to distinguish the difference. So, we stayed focused on the anthology Kingston Noir, without talking about the recently concluded annual Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica, which he founded in 2001, or his other novels such as national bestseller Waiting in Vain or The Girl with the Golden Shoes. He says his approach to Kingston Noir was like that of producing a great LP, so listen with your eyes as we run the tracks.

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Yard by Night: Colin Channer Curates “Kingston Noir”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Fans of short fiction and smart, urban-themed literature have been raving for years about Akashic BooksNoir books, short-story anthologies organized around cities and places like Brooklyn, Bogota and Cape Cod. For its latest edition, the Brooklyn publisher tapped Colin Channer, author of the Jamaican novel Waiting in Vain among other writings, to edit Kingston Noir. Available June 1, the book includes short stories from Jamaican authors including Channer, Marlon James, Kwame Dawes, Patricia Powell, Marcia Douglas and more as well as Kingston-set tales from England’s Ian Thomson and Nigerian-born Chris Abani.

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