LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction of Trinidad and Tobago, a new book on the literary heritage of Trinidad and Tobago will be launched at White Hall this week.
The book is written and published by Dr Kris Rampersad, a journalist, educator and media, cultural and literary consultant with designs by Sonja Wong.
Part of the official 50th anniversary of Independence activities, the launch will also incorporate the inauguration of LiTTours – Journeys Through the Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago which is one of the highlights of the book which encourages interactive engagement between writers, their communities and the society, according to Dr Rampersad. It features some 100 works by some 60 writers against the backdrop of some 300 full colour photographs featuring poignant commentaries, presentations, representations and analyses by writers through fiction of the experiences of invasion, migration, colonialism and settlement that has brought Trinidad and Tobago to its current point in development.
Rampersad noted that LiTTscapes is meant to advance conversations and synergies between and among the creative sectors, heritage and tourism. The official launch will be followed by a series of interactive events including readings, promotion of the works of new writers, tours and other activities for the rest of 2012 marking part of the observances of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.
Rampersad explained that the launch at White Hall, through permission from the Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Emmanuel George and the Ministry’s Historical Restoration Unit, is in pursuit of a vision to open up public heritage spaces for public use, especially with Government’s thrust to promote the creative industries sector.
White Hall is featured in several works of fiction in itself and in context as one of the Magnificent Seven Heritage buildings.
Minister of Planning and the Economy, Dr Bhoendradatt will deliver the keynote address at the launch.
LiTTscapes is an easy-ready, coffee-table styled full-colour celebratory photographic compendium of the representations of Trinidad & Tobago in its rich repertoire of fiction from earliest writers to modern times, including both award winning Nobel laureates and others, as well as our lesser known writers.
Ø Full colour, easy reading, coffee table-style
Ø Features some 100 works by some 60 writers
Ø More than 300 photographs of more than 500 scapes of fiction from Trinidad and Tobago
Ø Captures intimate real life and fictional details of island life
Ø Details exciting literary moments, literary heritage walking tours & cross country excursions
Ø Represents the works of most fiction writers, famous and little known of Trinidad & Tobago
Ø Essential for literary heritage tourism, students, policy makers, academics, lay readers
The book’s broad-based target readership include the lay public as well as students, academics, schools and policy makers among others nationally and internationally, and has been identified as a key elements of stimulating the knowledge economy of Trinidad and Tobago.
In the making for nearly a decade, Rampersad believes it embraces the vision to stimulate the knowledge economy and towards develop a niche literary heritage tourism market and our downstream cultural and other industries.
She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of the West Indies. Rampersad is also the author of Through the Political Glass Ceiling and Finding a Place.