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Colin Channer

Colin Channer, the Bob Marley of Jamaican literature, is making his Twin Cities debut on 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, with a reading at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Marriott Spring Hill Suites, 5901 Wayzata Blvd, where he is keynote speaker for the Jamaica Minnesota Organization Independence gala. For information: 651.639.7687.


Colin Channer

Colin Channer, the Bob Marley of Jamaican literature, is making his Twin Cities debut on 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, with a reading at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Marriott Spring Hill Suites, 5901 Wayzata Blvd, where he is keynote speaker for the Jamaica Minnesota Organization Independence gala. For information: 651.639.7687.

The author of two top-selling novels, "Waiting in Vain" and "Satisfying My Soul," Channer also wrote two novellas and edited the critically acclaimed collection, "Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop." Channer co-founded the popular annual Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica.
Colin Channer's importance to the literature of the West Indies expands far beyond his "unrivaled ability to capture the rhythmic beauty of island patois on the page." Having achieved rave reviews
Channer is well on his way to establishing his place at the forefront of world literature.
Channer's essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Bomb, the Times Literary Supplement, Renaissance Noire, Obsidian III and Essence. He's also written for the screen and has adapted his own work for the stage.

Channer is an assistant professor of English and the coordinator of the B.A. creative writing program at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent work is the novella The Girl With the Golden Shoes, which includes an afterword by Russell Banks, who hails the work as "a nearly perfect moral fable." Set on a remote Caribbean island in the 1940s, the novella shadows what Edwidge Denticat describes as the "very moving and mesmerizing journey" of a shoeless 14 year-old girl who is determined to get all the way to Europe after she's banished from her isolated fishing village.

The Calabash International Literary Festival has won high praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Britain's Independent on Sunday describes it as "a high-grade international event in which writing from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia forms a thought-provoking mosaic of story, history and mythology." The Associated Press describes it as "one of the most vibrant literary festivals to come around in a long time."

In its June 15, 2005 edition Canada's Globe and Mail assessed Colin's value as a writer and arts administrator in very clear terms: "Channer has become one of the most significant literary figures in the Caribbean, influencing writers in the islands and those living and working abroad."
His new book, Lover's Rock, will be published by Atria Books in 2008. Channer is the is the father of two children, Addis and Makonnen.
 

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