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Drinkers is a multi-form text.  Essays, poetry, and fiction present rural life in Trinidad. These texts are interspersed with analytic and exploratory sections on the ethnographic and fieldwork experience.  Within a context which includes the West Indian sugar estate at its core, and the distant but very influential U.S.A. at the periphery, Stewart reveals villagers struggling with problems of individual identity, as well as with problems occasioned by the historical struggle between African, European, and Indian cultural forms.

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Project Old Spirits
Project Old Spirits, by JOSM Books


The year is 2156. Phyllis Randolph, a celebrated CONA (Confederation of North America) project manager, is struggling to achieve tenure at a prestigious university when her former employer, the Center for Disease Control, contacts her. The CDC needs her to lead a time-critical project to combat the return of a highly infectious disease re-emerging in Alantia. In this Caribbean mountain paradise, the prevailing belief is that all forms of life, including deadly vectors, have a right to live. Alantia has allowed its rainforest to flourish unchecked, and demands that its citizens depend on their natural immunities in facing this deadly disease. But the disease will spread beyond Alantia as it had thirty years earlier. And a disastrous epidemic will block CONA from leadership of the New World Union. There is very little time. Phyllis has one month to either find a cure, or an acceptable method of eradicating disease-carrying insects.

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Drinkers, Drummers, and Decent Folk
Drinkers, Drummers, and Decent Folk


Drinkers is a multi-form text.  Essays, poetry, and fiction present rural life in Trinidad. These texts are interspersed with analytic and exploratory sections on the ethnographic and fieldwork experience.  Within a context which includes the West Indian sugar estate at its core, and the distant but very influential U.S.A. at the periphery, Stewart reveals villagers struggling with problems of individual identity, as well as with problems occasioned by the historical struggle between African, European, and Indian cultural forms.

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Midday Messages
Midday Messages
Masks
He does not fit well
Or otherwise
The beds assigned:
Too long, too short
Too wide, too low
Too high, too narrow.
 
To save himself aloof
From busy Procrustean fingers
He gives up lying down
And takes up sitting:
 
And now finds that chairs
Are themselves at work
For the same cabinet makers.
 
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Truth Lies In-Between
Truth Lies In Between


A collection of jazzpoetry featuring John Tchicai (horns), Margriet Naber (keyboards), Ernest Cissé (drums), with poetry from John Stewart’s
collection Midday Messages.  Compact Disk (cd).  

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Last Cool Days
Last Cool Days


Set in colonial Trinidad, this powerfully intense novel explores the barriers between black and white in a highly stratified and racially demarcated society. The story centers around the exploits of Marcus Shepard, a young man from a plantation village in southern Trinidad. The suspense in the novel is created not so much by our wanting to know what has happened.  It is the "how" and the "why", that we need to know, before Marcus' time runs out.

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Project Colorful Skin
Project Colorful Skin
What started out as a high profile research project conducted by 4 middle-aged professors accelerates into an unanticipated morass of international proportions.  Set in the fictional Republic of West African Union League in the year 2154, Project Colorful Skin captures our imagination, pulling us into a time when skin dying is as common as hair dying, and the HIV virus can be conquered by genetic therapy.
 

Phyllis Randolph is the project manager for a recently funded research project dubbed Colorful Skin, hiding its profound invasion into the human genome.  Hired as the project lead by the RWAULIAN government, Phyllis is blind-sided by her former lover, the now RWALIAN Secretary of Public Health.  They struggle over the project’s newly discovered genetic-based serum for HIV, which may be the greatest discovery in 200 years – and the most lucrative.

 

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Looking for Josephine
Looking for Josephine


In this collection of Caribbean stories, a Trinidadian returns after long years away in America and yearns for points of contact with his past and the island he loves; a native Carib wanders listlessly and homelessly between forest, village, and town, across borders that are meaningless to him; a teacher confronts a young guerilla he believes he’s helped to create; a man is haunted by a witnessed act of racial violence.
 
This collection of stories is deeply probing and a thoughtful look at various facets of Trinidadian life.
 
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Curving Road
Project Colorful Skin

Drawing upon a style grounded in contemporary jazz, Curving Road contemplates the 60's awakening, a time of intense relationships between individuals and the turbulent interrogation of social institutions, from within. In its three sections, Branches, The Stretch, and Sources, stories drive the links between the decisively unforgiving world of the North American inner city, the barrio, and slower beginnings that precede them. But how benign is a simple Caribbean village? In two chilling takes on village life, we are reminded that slower and simpler does not necessarily mean elementary and harmless. How does one arrive at the powerless edges of big city life, of marginalized youth, the day to day struggles within a society that dispossess and discards its vulnerable citizens, San Francisco's Fillmore District; Los Angeles' Watts; Chicago's Southside? The victories and losses, internalized celebrations or defiant confrontations, are often blurred, tallied, and mentally filed. These stories and characters depicted in them are as stirring today as ever. Curving Road presents us with lives that are often surprising, at time spiritually puzzling, but always inspiring.

 

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