Posts Tagged ‘Caribbean writers’

“Living in That Moment”: Interview with Grenada-based novelist Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo (photo: Greg Bal)

Oonya Kempadoo (photo: Greg Bal)

OONYA KEMPADOO will be guest author for my Spice Isle Writing & Yoga Retreat, coming up April 7 to 14, 2013, at Petite Anse Hotel on the island of Grenada.

Oonya has lived most of her life in various Caribbean islands and currently lives in St. George’s, Grenada. Her first novel, Buxton Spice (1998), was longlisted for the Orange Prize and translated into six languages. Her second novel, Tide Running, won a Casa de las Américas 2002 prize and was well received on both sides of the Atlantic. Oonya was named “a Great Talent for the 21st Century” by the Orange Prize judges and both books were nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2011 Oonya was awarded a fellowship for the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa, and her next novel, All Decent Animals, will be published in spring 2013 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, USA). She is currently completing a non-fiction narrative of local perspectives of sexual abuse, and a film adaptation of Tide Running. She has worked with UNICEF and UNAIDS as a consultant and researcher, and has been tempted by travel writing and agricultural journalism.

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Monday, March 11th, 2013