It’s almost Christmas, the time of year that is the unofficial literary Olympics as magazines and newspaper make their lists, check them twice and declare which books had the inky muscles to be hailed among the year’s best. Caribbean authors were not to be left out of the fray, grabbing kudos in fiction, poetry and children’s literature.
Three Jamaican writers skanked their way on to the New York Times notable books of 2016 lists, showcasing that international audiences continue to eagerly ride the literary rhythms of the Caribbean. Along with the New York Times listing, writers from across the region made their way to the Kirkus Best Books of 2016 lists as well as snagged positions on the Dublin International Literary Awards longlist.
Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel Here Comes the Sun (published by Liveright) and Ishion Hutchison’s latest poetry collection House of Lords and Commons (published by Farrar, Staus and Giroux) both made their way to the NY Times’ fifty best fiction and poetry books.
Indeed, the November NYT review of Hutchinson’s collection lauded him as Jamaica’s best new poet. “Ishion Hutchinson’s darkly tinged yet exuberant new poems are the strongest to come out of the Caribbean in a generation,” the review said.
By Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, December 2nd, 2016