Thursday, December 6, 2007
5 - 7 P.M.
Blue Mountain Coffeehouse
400 E. Main, Louisville, KY, USA - corner of Main and Preston ( Map )
Inaugural edition, the Linda Bruckheimer Series in KY Literature of Sarabande Books
Jan Carew sets a fabulist eye and elegant hand to both old world and new. Combining Caribbean folklore, ghost story, adventure tale, and the literature of European exile, these narratives contain a spirited dialect and colloquial voice that startles and delights. The journey begins in Carew's homeland, among the gaudy parrots, jaguars, and six o'clock bees of Guyana, and then shifts to the boulevards of London and Paris. Carew's characters--hunters and seers, buffoons and book-people--defy convention, especially the strong-willed women.
Betina puts her husband in his place with a prospecting knife. Belfon comes of age with the help, and seduction, of Couvade, a preacher-woman. A tagalong hunter named Tonic gets in over his head in a stampede of hogs. And in London, a black man called Caesar, prefers a landlord who puts his racism up front.
Carew has lived a long life, in countries all over the world. He's comfortable taking on just about anything, whether racial prejudice or whimsical fable, the fierce natural world or city slum. These are the brilliant songs of a learned man.
About Jan Carew
Jan Rynveld Carew has led a rich and varied life as a writer, educator, philosopher, and advisor to several nation states. He was born and educated in Guyana, and studied at Howard University, Western Reserve University, Charles University in Prague, and the Sorbonne in Paris. In London he worked as broadcaster, writer, and editor with the BBC, and lectured on race. His novels and nonfiction include Black Midas, A Touch of Midas, The Wild Coast, Green Winter, Ghosts in our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, The Last Barbarian, The Guyanese Wanderer, The Rape of Paradise, Children of the Sun, The Sisters and Manco's Stories, Fulcrums of Change, Black America, The Third Gift, The Caribbean Writer and Exile and a multitude of plays, poetry, articles, and stories. He has resided in Mexico, England, France, Spain, Ghana, Canada, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.