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Friday, June 14, 2019

POETRY ON PARLIAMENT!

OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH

ADRIAN D'AGUILAR ON BASS,
ERIC BOXERMAN ON KEYBOARD
AND EVA ZARUCKI ON SAXOPHONE


I had a real treat on my birthday last Saturday afternoon! Erskine took me to “Tea Talk” – A Special Poetry Reading by internationally recognized Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith at Gypsy Books and Tea on Parliament Street, downtown Nassau.  

When we arrived we were met by the soothing tones of a jazz trio – Adrian D’Aguilar on bass, Eric Boxerman on keyboard and Eva Zarucki on saxophone. Dr. Harold Munnings also played soft jazz on his classical guitar during an intermission.

Other poets who read their work were: Shalimar Johnson, A. Shareef Josey, Princess Pratt (former student of Shalimar Johnson), Eric Rose and Ancilleno Davis.

As we settled into easy chairs it was like being in someone’s home. We were surrounded by books of all kinds and a variety of gifts were displayed on antique tables and shelves. I felt immersed in culture. It was so relaxing and peaceful, far away from the everyday rowdiness of Nassau – lovely soft jazz and good company, along with the spoken word beautifully presented by the poets. All of the guests sat quietly, giving way to the artists, but occasionally there was a jovial moment, especially when a poet’s work had a little humour in it! Teas were available at the rear of the store.

As we left this most enjoyable event, the heavens opened and the rain came down accompanied by thunder and lightening! We waited a while and then made our way home to get ready for an evening meal at Spritz, Sandyport.

I couldn’t have had a better birthday!

Check out Obediah’s Facebook page at OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH FACEBOOK 
or email him at bestwordsmith@gmail.com

Monday, June 10, 2019

WEST HILL STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS


West Hill Street, Nassau, Bahamas, where the famous and very elegant Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant are located is really looking quite spectacular these days!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

TEA TALK BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BAHAMIAN POET OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH


This coming Saturday, June 8th, at 4.00 p.m., internationally recognized Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith will be giving his first poetry reading publicly since returning from Africa where he resided from 2014 to 2018. The event will take place at Gypsy Books and Tea on Parliament Street, down town Nassau (phone number 242-376-2466).

Obediah Michael Smith was born in The Bahamas and has published twenty-two books of poetry. He attended Memphis State University and Fisk University and has also lived in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and Paris. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Drama. He attended writers’ workshops at the University of Miami and at UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados, conducted by Lorna Goodison, Earl Lovelace, Grace Nichols, Merle Collins, and Mervyn Morris.

His poems in English are included in literary journals and anthologies throughout the Caribbean, England, Kenya and the U.S.A., and his poems translated into Spanish are included in anthologies in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.

Click here for Obediah’s 20th book of poetry, “Women in Jinja - 28 Poems”, inspired by women he met while travelling through Jinja, the Eastern Region of Uganda, Africa: 

Obediah Michael Smith’s Facebook page:





Sunday, May 19, 2019

EXCITING NEW BOOKS!



“A Faint Whisper”, bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s 12th book in her popular Cornelius Saga series, will now be released a couple of days earlier - Wednesday May 22nd. You still have time to pre-order at a special pre-order price though.


Also, “Blind Sight – The Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series Book One” by Tanya R. Taylor has appeared as the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in its category the very first day after it was made available for pre-order! It's still sitting within the top 20.

For full information, read Tanya’s latest newsletter here:



Thursday, May 16, 2019

"BLIND SIGHT - LUCILLE PFIFFER MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK ONE" - EXCITING NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES!




Coming soon! Exciting new cozy mystery series by bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor​! “Blind Sight - Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series, Book One” will be released July 28th, but you can order it now at a low e-book pre-order price!








Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LILFORD SQUIRE PUBLISHERS A BOUTIQUE PUBLISHING HOUSE


My romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” has been featured by Lilford Squire Ltd, which is “a boutique publishing house based eight miles from the beautiful university city of Cambridge.”

They say: “Our reason for being, our raison d’ĂȘtre, our denouement, is to promote literature of a high standard to our discerning readers. That’s what we’re about. Nothing else. We readily support authors, primarily of the romance genre, and will promote them if we can through our website and social media channels.”

Click here for Lilford Squire Ltd:

You can buy “Love at Sunset” (e-book and in paperback) at:


Friday, May 10, 2019

WHEN YOU'RE AN AUTHOR DEALING WITH GRIEF

My article featured in today’s Tribune is a tribute to a very special gentleman, Mr. Cecil Ferguson, whom Erskine and I had the great honour of knowing. He is the late father of Bahamian bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor, who will be releasing “A Faint Whisper”, the 12th book in her popular Cornelius Saga Series, on May 24th.

“A Faint Whisper” is available for pre-order at: 

Read the article at: