Over forty books were launched during Carifesta X, Guyana, August 22 – 31, 2008. This propitious event is unprecedented in the annals of the Caribbean Festival of Arts and it augurs well for the literary arts of Guyana and the Caribbean.
Of those forty-odd titles, more than half of the books were written by Guyanese, written about Guyanese and written on Guyana.
In this new series of articles, we take a look at some of those Guyanese titles and their authors.
One of the titles launched during Carifesta X was ‘The Hangman’s Game’ by Karen King-Aribisala. ‘The Hangman’s Game’ is an intricate and delicate novel of parallels and contrasts functioning on several levels of contact with the reader. ‘The Hangman’s Game’ is set in Guyana (1823 Demerara Slave Revolt) and contemporary Nigeria.
‘The Hangman’s Game’ exposes shortcomings of society, giving voice to the suppressed. This novel won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book Award, African Region.
Karen King-Aribisala was born in Guyana; she now lives in Nigeria where she is Professor of English in the Department of English, University of Lagos. Her first collection of short stories, ‘Our Wife and Other Stories’, won the Best First Book Prize in the Commonwealth Prize (African Region) 1990/91. She has published several short stories and poems in various journals such as ‘Wasafiri’, ‘Presence Africaine’, ‘The Griot’ and ‘Bim’. She is the recipient of a number of awards such as two James Michener Fellowships for creative writing at the University of Miami, a Ford Foundation Grant and British Council grants.
During Carifesta X, Karen King-Aribisala performed several times at the Umana Yana, Kingston, Georgetown, sharing the stage with other literary luminaries like Pauline Melville, Nancy Morejon, Austin Clarke, David Dabydeen, and Earl Lovelace.
‘The Hangman’s Game’ by Karen King-Aribisala is a significant addition to the Guyanese bookshelf.
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