Stefan Reid, Gleaner Intern
THE GLEANER Company Ltd has unveiled its new book, Jamaica: 50 Golden Moments 1962-2012, to representatives of corporate Jamaica.
The publication, a commemoration of Jamaica's achievements over the last 50 years since gaining Independence in 1962, is a hardcover coffee-table book of just under 200 pages. Using black and white/colour photographs, as well as images of newspaper pages, the book chronicles five decades of life in Jamaica.
Extensive archival collection
In presenting the book to potential buyers at The Gleaner's North Street offices in central Kingston, Associate Editor Byron Buckley highlighted the newspaper company's "extensive archival collection", which is the main source of information for the new publication.
"Jamaica: 50 Golden Moments 1962-2012 captures defining moments, highpoints and milestones in the life of the country in the areas of culture, sports, entertainment, politics, finance and industry," Buckley explained.
The book opens with the visit of a member of the royal family, Princess Margaret, for Independence celebrations in 1962 and closes with the visit of Prince Harry in 2012.
The production of the book is a joint venture between The Gleaner Company and Kingston-based Ian Randle Publishers. Managing director of Ian Randle Publishers Christine, Randle, recommended Jamaica: 50 Golden Moments 1962-2012 as an "ideal memento and gift to mark the celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary".
Randle urged corporate Jamaica to donate copies of the book to public and school libraries. The book, she said, will be available by mid-July in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and North America. It retails for $3,000, US$35 and £25, and bulk purchase will attract discounts. The book will be available at local bookstores as well as The Gleaner's Information Systems Department at 7 North Street, downtown Kingston.
Digicel representative Tshani Jaja, who attended the preview, said the book "captures the monumental achievements of our country and it will expose our legacy to youth".
Dawn Green of Kingston Industrial Garage noted that "the concept (of the book) is awesome and we need something to mark our 50th anniversary. I am sure it is going to do well".
CAPTION: From left: Advertising Executive Robert MacMillan, Gleaner Business Development and Marketing Manager Karin Cooper, and Supreme Ventures Foundation Chairman Dr David McBean browse a copy of the book, 'Jamaica:50 Golden Moments', during a preview at The Gleaner Company's North Street offices in downtown Kingston last week. The book is a joint project of The Gleaner and Ian Randle Publishers. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer