December 11, 2006

Podcast of Ramabai Espinet @ Miami Book Fair 2006

Ramabai EspinetRamabai Espinet was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She is a poet, essayist and critic. Her first novel, The Swinging Bridge (Toronto: Harper Flamingo, 2003), was short-listed for the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the category of Best First Book (Caribbean and Canada Region), long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin 2005 prize for fiction and selected for the Robert Adams lecture series 2005, held annually in Toronto and Montreal, and featuring Adams’s pick of “modern classics." Other works by Espinet include the poetry collection Nuclear Seasons (1991) and the children’s books The Princess of Spadina (Toronto: Sister Vision, 1992) and Ninja’s Carnival (Sister Vision, 1993).

Her performance pieces “Beyond the Kala Pani”, and “Indian Robber Talk” both explore the historical record of South Asian immigration to the Caribbean. A documentary, Coming Home (Caribbean Tales/Leda Serene Films), and focused upon the context of Espinet’s work, especially The Swinging Bridge, was released in 2005. Espinet is a professor of English at Seneca College in Toronto in the School of English and Liberal Studies. She also teaches at the University of Toronto in the Department of Caribbean Studies and the Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Ramabai Espinet reads “Merchants of Death”:

Here are the pictures from the reading @ Miami Book Fair International:


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