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Patrick Gaynor’s book added to National Library's collection

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Zalia Alexander, secretary in the Acquisitions Department of the National Library of Jamaica, collects ‘The Road to Zion’ from author Patrick ‘Curly Lox’ Gaynor.
Anna Edwards, publishing and public relations manager at Ghetto People Publishing, the publisher of The Road to Zion is flanked by Paul ‘Tu Lox’ Gaynor (right) and Patrick ‘Curly Lox’ Gaynor of popular comedic dancehall duo, Twin of Twins.

The Road to Zion, the page-turning autobiography and social commentary of popular Jamaican entertainer Patrick 'Curly Lox' Gaynor, has now taken its place amongst other contemporary works of literature on the shelves of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ).

The book, which was recently deposited in a legal deposit ceremony at the NLJ last week, has been sparking interest islandwide, as it tells the serious life story of one half of Jamaica's most popular comedic dancehall duo, Twin of Twins.

Gaynor's deposit with the NLJ is in keeping with the Legal Deposit Act, which requires that copies of all publications produced in Jamaica, whether for public distribution, lease or sale, must be deposited with the NLJ at 12 East Street, Kingston.

Described as "the most authentic picture of ghetto life in Jamaica", The Road to Zion, not only chronicles Gaynor's rise from poverty to dancehall stardom, but also focuses on the untimely death of Gaynor's son, Zion, in 2007.

"This book embodies my journey through the roughest of times, growing up in a place where some people don't live to see 21," said Gaynor. He continued, "It was like therapy, it helped to organise and compartmentalise my thoughts, especially after my son's death."

Gaynor now joins the long list of popular Jamaicans, including Isaiah Laing, Charmaine 'Macka Diamond' Munroe, Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton and Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, whose literary works are a part of the NLJ's collection.