Congratulations to CAPNET's president, Ian Randle, who has been awarded the Order of Distinction in Jamaica's Independence
Honours list, for services to publishing. Not only is it heartily deserved on a personal level, but it also recognises the amazing success Ian
has achieved in building up a large and financially viable Caribbean list. It is the first time that a Caribbean government has seen book
publishing as something worth rewarding. Congratulations from all of us, Ian!
Ian Randle was invited to address the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) culture ministers in The Bahamas in late September,
and took part in a 90-minute discussion session on the needs of the
Caribbean publishing industry. There was strong interest from ministers,
who are making recommendations to the next Heads of Government session.
'Reclaiming Our Own Voices'
Membership of CAPNET has been growing steadily
over the year. At the forthcoming Conference and Workshop being held
in Jamaica, November 1-7, 2001 CAPNET are expecting 75-100 delegates
from around the Caribbean and the international publishing industry
to attend. A full report of the conference will appear in the next issue
of the newsletter.
The conference keynote speaker is The Mighty Sparrow
(Dr Slinger Francisco), whose life work in calypso speaks directly to
the conference theme, `Reclaiming Our Own Voices'. Among the major topics
for discussion are market opportunities for Caribbean publishers; translation
and cross-cultural publishing; publishing in multiple languages; new
technologies and Caribbean publishing; new technologies and intellectual
property rights; national book policies; selling books in the Caribbean
and abroad; a model for Caribbean book distribution; and Caribbean book
One highlight will be a presentation from a speaker
who is at the centre of current developments in e-publishing and print-on-demand
technology, which are likely to change the whole face of publishing
in the next few years. The Governor-General of St Lucia, Dame Pearlette
Louisy, will speak on Caribbean creole languages. Several writers have
been invited to read, including Earl Lovelace, Lorna Goodison, Oonya
Kempadoo, Simone Schwartz-Bart, and Rafael Constant.
Shirley Carby (Carlong Publishers, Jamaica) is
coordinating the workshops. The leader of the editing workshop is Roger
Stringer, who runs his own specialist publishing company in Zimbabwe
and has been closely involved in the development of the African Publishers
Network (APNET) and the Zimbabwe Book Fair. The marketing workshop will
be led by South African publisher Bridget Impey, who has run similar
workshops at the Zimbabwe Book Fair for the last five years.
CAPNET's first Annual General Meeting will be
held alongside the conference. The AGM will hear reports from the President
and the Treasurer, and will be asked to adopt the draft constitution
and bylaws. It will also elect the CAPNET executive for the coming year:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and delegates from
each of the four Caribbean language areas.
www.capnetonline.com is CAPNET's new website,
where you will find up-to-date information on CAPNET and the publishing
conference in Jamaica. [end] [BPN, no 28, 2001, p 4.]
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