Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop

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Reggae's rebel spirit blazes in this hot selection of short fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop. Set in the Caribbean and the U.S.A., the stories sweep across a range of moods and genres to create a narrative LP of fascinating voices. From the old lady who gives a "how to" speech on beating children, to the schizophrenic singer who thinks he's Bob Marley, to the hotel maid who gets a sexual offer that she can't refuse, the diverse mix of characters are linked by the fundamental principle that ...

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Overview

Reggae's rebel spirit blazes in this hot selection of short fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop. Set in the Caribbean and the U.S.A., the stories sweep across a range of moods and genres to create a narrative LP of fascinating voices. From the old lady who gives a "how to" speech on beating children, to the schizophrenic singer who thinks he's Bob Marley, to the hotel maid who gets a sexual offer that she can't refuse, the diverse mix of characters are linked by the fundamental principle that all cliched conventions must be shouted off the page. In the proudly odd tradition of Jamaican music, the selections seek to entertain while asking daring questions that provoke new ideas into being.

Contributors include: Colin Channer, Elizabeth Nunez, Marlon James, Kwame Dawes, Kaylie Jones, Geoffrey Philp, Rudolph Wallace, Konrad Kirlew, Alwin Bully, A-dZiko Simba, and Sharon Leach.

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Set primarily in the Caribbean and featuring many Jamaican characters, the 11 short stories in this anthology cover a wide range of topics, including memory (real and imagined), family relationships, and religion. These very readable pieces tell of the musings of a senile old man, a father's reunion with the spirit of his dead son, an old woman's presentation on how to beat a child, and a schizophrenic who dreams he is Bob Marley. The contributors, all participants in the Calabash Writer's Workshop, which was created to help more Jamaican writers get published, include Channer, Marlon James, Alwin Bully, A-dZiko Simba, Rudolph Wallace, Elizabeth Nunez, Kaylie Jones, Geoffrey Philp, Konrad Kirlew, Sharon Leach, and Kwame Dawes. Channer (English, Medgar Evers Coll.) has written two previous novels and a collection of stories. For larger public libraries and academic libraries serving a creative writing program.-Sarah Conrad Weisman, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933354057
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,044,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

COLIN CHANNER's major works of fiction include the novel Waiting in Vain and the story collection Passing Through, which Junot Diaz described as "a splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora's finest writers." He is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the B.A. creative writing program at Medgar Evers College.

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Table of Contents

The last Jamaican lion 29
Parting 44
Someone to tell 67
Siblings 79
How to beat a child the right and proper way 94
All Ah we is one 149
The anger meridian 165
I want to disturb my neighbor 178
A little embarassment for the sake of our Lord 193
Sugar 209
Marley's ghost 219
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