Consciously 21 by Saun-Jaye Brown
Consciously 21 was published 08/01/2017 and is a collection of 21 poems by author Saun-Jaye Brown, in celebration of her 21st birthday. She shares different perspectives on many topics including; being a black woman in today’s society, the over-sexualization, and objectification of women and fatherhood. The young poet also does not shy away from speaking up against the constant perpetuation of prejudice against different groups including the LGBTIQ community. Her book includes a personal dedication to her sister and her own struggle with self-acceptance, giving us a glimpse into her personal life.
ELMER’S ELEPHANT TALES by Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
This second edition of the children’s book by Sri Lanka author Rosanna Flamer-Caldera is the first in the series. Start your journey by joining Elmer and friends as they encounter and overcome trials on their search for food and rest through the jungle; from going head to head with the buffalo for water holes to jumping from rooftops. The characters and situations will make you laugh and cry in the same breath as they show you that in this jungle, there is never a dull moment.
When Rape Becomes Acceptable: Corrective Rape in Jamaica by Kemone S-G Brown
Author and activist Kemone S-G Brown investigates one of the most heinous act of violence affecting lesbian and bisexual women around the globe. The book follows the lives of ten women who were victims of corrective rape and illustrates how each woman or her loved ones is dealing with what happened. Some of these women had the will to survive, not in the sense that they are flourishing, but they continue to live, hiding in the shadows, hiding from society who they really are; the fear of being outed again and being subjected to another instance of “corrective rape” determining how they live their lives. However, some of them were not so “lucky”. They didn’t have the strength to deal with or come to grips with what happened to them, so instead of having to bear the burden of what happened, they decided to end the pain and the agony as it was much easier than continuing to live. Join them as each woman tells you her story and opens up her life, her scars, her pain, her suffering as she tries to cope in a society that has not only failed to protect her but has also given rise to the violation of her body.
Web by Elizabeth Parker
In our newly released book Web, Elizabeth Parker focuses on the life of a teenager Angela, who wants to be accepted by the in crowd so much that she doesn’t even realise the danger of being labelled a bully. When a stranger takes control of her online life, she finally gains the popularity she’s always craved but it’s not what she bargained for. Watch as the story unfolds and the rest of her life is threatened by one small lie.
Project Recycle by Sharne Williams
Izzie is going through a divorce and seeing a therapist who gave her a much needed assignment to help resolve some of the issues she’s had with relationships. She takes the assignment a step too far and finds herself rekindling old meaningless flings and rebuilding friendships. Soon she realises the source of her real problem, it is the relationship she wants to work on the most but with almost six years of leaving things unsaid is it really worth trying to fix anything.
The Illusions of Life by Antonio J Erskine
A poetic interpretation of Life’s Journey that includes love, pain, death, happiness and struggles. It carries the reader through a range of emotional experiences that will leave them thinking about their own journey in life. The Illusions of Life is poetry that is not too abstract, but is filled with writing that all of us can relate to.
Mighty Mary by Max Davine
Mary was a circus elephant. The star of the West. She could dance, play the trummpet and pleased the crowds wherever she went. In 1916, after a disastrous Wild West show in Erwin Tennessee, acts against Mary the five-ton Indian elephant would go down in history as one of the most disturbing bizarre cases of animal cruelty the world has ever seen.
But, Mary had a life before the circus. Se was free once. Part of a wild herd.
During the British Raj, she was captured, trained and sent to America to become a spectacle. Along the way, she loved, se lost, she made friends and formed bonds. She suffered heartache and experienced ecstasy. She was a living being.
This is her story.
Too Normal: Child Abuse in Jamaica by Kemone S-G Brown
What so many people around the world easily recognise as child abuse, many Jamaicans continue to refer to as ‘discipline’. Too Normal focuses on the inhumane endangerment of Jamaican children by adults; both parents and guardians. Ten, real life stories recounted by adults, who all had horrifying and traumatic experiences while growing up, at the hands of those meant to watch over and protect them. Mothers, who are usually kind and nurturing, are seen in a surprisingly different light. Children, so afraid that a loved one would kill them if they stayed, unable to leave because they had no other options. Some of their stories also show the sad reality of what happens in a household with a parent feeling alone and burdened in the absence of any support.
It is the reality of a lot of children around the world, and Jamaica is no different. Take the time to delve into the horror stories, too scary to believe but defnitely not to be ignored.
Extraordinary Secrets by Robert T.R. Bradford