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An Author Is Born

Festival author Naomi Jackson on the inspiration for her debut novel: “I thought that my Granny, whose spirit & magic are all over this book, would be alive to celebrate the book with me when it was done. But alas, that didn’t happen. The last time I was in Barbados, in January 2014, was to see her home. I’m dedicating these events to the memory of Oriel Loleta Brewster, an eccentric, hard-backed woman who made a way of her life out of no way.”

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A Note From Naomi Jackson:

At the risk of getting misty, I want to take a moment to say how sweet & meaningful it is to visit Barbados to launch my novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, in the place where it is set. The book is about two Brooklyn girls who go home for the summer to see their grandmother in Barbados, not knowing where this trip will take them. I spent two months here in summer 2012 finishing a first draft of Star Side and also figuring out who I am in creative community & as an adult here, apart from my family. I thought that my Granny, whose spirit & magic are all over this book, would be alive to celebrate the book with me when it was done. But alas, that didn’t happen. The last time I was in Barbados, in January 2014, was to see her home. I’m dedicating these events to the memory of Oriel Loleta Brewster, an eccentric, hard-backed woman who made a way of her life out of no way. Bim fam, come check me at Fresh Milk Saturday, 16 July for a creative writing workshop, or Saturday, 23 July at Chattel House Books for a book club, or at the official launch with Sheena Rose & Karen Lord, Saturday, 27 July. Thanks to all the hosts, planners, my dream team Sheena Rose Lisa Harewood Shari Jackson Oyefeso. & to Jesse Hayes for his incredible design work on the promotional materials. xo