May 2009

10 am – 11:30 am

Three Jamaicas


Staceyann Chin

The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, O.N.

Anthony Winkler


Memoirs of life in Jamaica from three internationally famous people. The island’s motto is “Out of many, one people.” Should we add, “and many points of view”?

Noon – 1:00 pm

The Chatterbox presents



Paul Holdengräber

Pico Iyer


Two of the best raconteurs on the planet talk about almost everything, including Iyer’s talks and travels with the Dalai Lama.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Break / Open Mike



Anyone reading whatever for two minutes.


Jamaican Idyll.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Generation Now



Joseph Boyden

Laura Fish

Marlon James


Fiction from three of the most exciting younger voices in literature today.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Life Sentence



Selwyn Cudjoe

Patrick French

Rachel Manley


The inner lives of politicians and artists explored by three writers who combine intrepidness with literary style.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Break / Open Mike



Anyone reading whatever for two minutes.


Jamaican Idyll.

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Love in the Time of Obama



George Lamming

Melvin Van Peebles

Helon Habila


What’s the state of passion today? The creative imagination? The will to get things done? Change the world? Award-winning poet and playwright Kwame Dawes will try to keep order as these questions are pondered by erudite contrarians.

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm




Geoffrey Philp

Terese Svoboda

Xu Xi


Switch hitters showing their skills in different forms. Poetry/fiction. Fiction/poetry. Essay/fiction. Swingers have more fun.

Midnight – 3 am

CalaClash: The Full Hundred



Colin Channer


Special Guest Selector


A poet, a novelist
and a special guest selecting music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Showdown in the food court. Reeewiiiiiind!