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Bookshelf (May/June 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks in our books column.

Derek Walcott. Photo by Horst Tappe/Getty Images

Remembering Derek Walcott (1930–2017) | Icon

St Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

John James Audubon: The Birdman | On this Day

It’s considered a landmark of ornithology, and it was published one hundred and ninety years ago: John James Audubon’s massive Birds of America. Born in Haiti, Audubon had a restless life spread across continents, but along the way he transformed himself into a leading expert on the birdlife of North America. As James Ferguson explains, his legacy in science and conservation still endures.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Harry Belafonte: calypso with a conscience

A beloved musical icon since the 1950s, Harry Belafonte has an equally long reputation as a political activist. And the parallel themes of his public life, entertainment and activism, both have their roots in Belafonte’s childhood in Jamaica. James Ferguson finds out more.

A girl from the neighbourhood, posing here with her friend, discovers an uncanny resemblance in artist Matthew Henry’s mural. Photo by Matthew Henry

Inner-city art in Kingston

For middle-class Jamaicans and tourists alike, downtown Kingston, with its deprived communities, can seem off-limits. So when a group of young artists began a public mural project in the Fleet Street area, it wasn’t just about beautifying the neighbourhood, writes Tanya Batson-Savage. It was really about opening opportunities for local residents.

Euzhan Palcy in 1992 — an alternate photo from the shoot that produced our first cover, twenty-five years ago. Bettmann / Getty Images

The Beat goes on: Caribbean Beat turns 25

For 25 years, Caribbean Beat has celebrated the best and brightest of Caribbean culture and people — as you can see in the panorama of our 144 covers, and the stories behind them.

Site of Sites

Caribbean Screenshots (March/April 2017) Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

Bright Eyes

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Canouan Suite and Other Pieces

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks.

Pieces from the “Goddess” Monday wear Carnival collection come with cool removable jewellery. Photograph by Ikenna Douglas

Thank God it’s Monday

Trinidadian swimwear designer Chandra Maharaj makes a seamlessly elegant transition to Carnival Monday wear.