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Kingston Book Festival Brings the 'Sexy' with Late Night Lit

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Carla Moore - Poet, Vlogger and Educator.
Writer, Actor and Stand Up Comedian, Tony 'Paleface' Hendriks.
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The Kingston Book Festival will once again be exploring the sexier side of lit, with the return of the Jamaican Writers Society event, Late Night Lit.

Described as a raunchy encounter with the word, this year's event will be a well-blended mixture of comedy, poetry, prose and a touch of non-fiction. Though declaring it veers from the lewd, the night is promising an exciting encounter with literature of varying kinds.

Managing to secure a standing room only audience at the former Peppers nightclub with its inaugural edition, Late Night Lit, is quickly making its way to becoming one of the festival's most highly anticipated events.

This year's rendition shifts to Redbones, the Blues Cafe in New Kingston and will feature poet Andrew Stone, sexologist Dr Karen Carpenter, comic poet Dr Michael Abrahams, comedian Tony 'Paleface' Hendriks, and popular vlogger Carla Moore. Poet Mel Cooke returns as mic controller, and will host the show.

Jamaican writers

Though they are still an embryonic organisation, the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) see Late Night Lit as one of the ways of showcasing the breadth of talent to be found, flowing from the pens of Jamaican writers.

"The beauty of the Kingston Book Festival is that it offers such diversity," said Tanya Batson-Savage, President of JaWS. "It offers room to focus on so many types of writing and so many different kinds of books. So, when we conceptualised Late Night Lit, we wanted it to be a space that highlights and celebrates all the types of writing that our members and potential members produce. With this line up, we have writing suitable for the stage, video, and books."

While the event officially begins at 9 p.m., patrons who come early will get a teaser at 8:54 or rather six-to-nine.

The Kingston Book Festival got underway with the first major public events, Love Affair with Literature, which took place on Sunday, at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, UWI Mona. Staged by the Department of Literatures in English, the event featured this year's writer in residence, Vladimir Lucien (Sounding Ground), as well as the iconic Olive Senior (The Pain Tree and Dying to Better Themselves), Mel Cooke (Eleven Nine) and A-dZiko Simba Gegele (All Over Again).

The Kingston Book Festival will also feature a number of tours, readings, training sessions and panel discussions, making its way into schools, onto sidewalks and even into prisons.

Tomorrow will have a feast of readings. Between 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., where literary magazine Susumba's Book Bag, will present a lunch time reading in New Kingston, under the trees behind the Jamaica Tourist Board, featuring Roland Watson-Grant, Sharon Leach, Yashika Graham, as well as Cooke and Lucien.

Later that day, starting at 2 p.m., the National Library of Jamaica will present readings by Diane Browne, Brenda Barrett and Shelly-Ann Harris.

The diverse range of offerings will also include a Pecha Kucha night (March 9 at 8 p.m., at the Spanish Court Hotel) featuring writers, illustrators and designers as well as cross media events with animators, illustrators and webcomic designers.

The 2016 Kingston Book Festival closes on Saturday, March 12, 2016 with the Kingston Book Fair, an exciting offering of books and performances with readings, discussions and author signings.

The Kingston Book Fair takes place at Devon House from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Kingston Book Festival is staged by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica.