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Island People: The Caribbean and the World with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Jonathan Ali

June 12, 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00 BST

£4
Island People by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Island People by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

We're excited to welcome Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and chair Jonathan Ali to Pages to discuss Joshua's debut non fiction book, Island People: the Caribbean and the World.

Clustered together in azure-blue waters are a collection of little islands whose culture, history and people have touched every corner of the world. From the moment Columbus gazed out at what he mistook for India, and wrote in his journal of 'the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen,' the Caribbean has been the subject of fantasies, myths and daydreams. It was claimed, and its societies were built to enrich old Europe, and much later its beaches were splashed across billboards advertising fizzy drinks, its towns and people pictured in holiday brochures. But these islands are so much more than gloss, white sand and palm trees, they form a region rich in colour, beauty and strength. Home of the Rastafarian faith, Che Guevara's stomping ground and birthplace of reggae, the Caribbean has produced some of the world's most famous artists, activists, writers, musicians and sportsmen - from Usain Bolt to Bob Marley and from Harry Belafonte to V. S. Naipaul. In the pages of Island People we hear the voices of the Caribbean people, explore their home and learn what it means to them, and to the world. In this fascinating and absorbing book, the product of almost a decade of travel and intense study, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro strips away the fantasy and myth to expose the real islands, and the real people, that make up the Caribbean.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, New York, Harper's, the Believer, Artforum, and the Nation, among many other publications. Educated at Yale and Berkeley, he is the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, and a visiting scholar at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge. This is his first book.

Jonathan Ali, Hackney resident, is a film curator and writer. Most recently he has curated the Trinidad & Tobago film festival and is currently programming the East End film festival as well as being contributing writer & film critic for Caribbean Beat Magazine.

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Date:
June 12, 2017
Time:
19:00 - 21:00 BST
Cost:
£4
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Pages of Hackney
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020 8525 1452
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020 8525 1452
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