Bocas Prize Longlist

You know the old cliché: ‘it’s an honour just to be nominated’? Sometimes there’s no other way to describe it.

Redemption in Indigo is on the longlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Here’s the full list:

Poetry
Elegguas, by Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados) — Wesleyan
A Light Song of Light, by Kei Miller (Jamaica) — Carcanet
White Egrets, by Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) — Faber

Fiction
The Loneliness of Angels, by Myriam Chancy (Haiti/USA) — Peepal Tree
Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord (Barbados) — Small Beer
The Amazing Absorbing Boy, by Rabindranath Maharaj (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada) — Knopf Canada
How to Escape a Leper Colony, by Tiphanie Yanique (US Virgin Islands) — Graywolf

Non-fiction
Beauty and Sadness, by Andre Alexis (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada) — House of Anansi
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti/USA) — Princeton
The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief, by V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad and Tobago/UK) — Picador

Such glorious company! I can barely find words to express my awe but this doesn’t seem like the right occasion for emoticons!

Another pleasant bit of news – there’s a lovely, thorough review of Redemption in Indigo (very spoilery, beware) by Alisa K. Brathwaite at SX Salon on Small Axe.