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Earth Magic

Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in this poetry book for kids, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes.

Dionne Brand, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Inspired by her childhood in Trinidad, acclaimed poet and writer Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in her first book of poetry for children. The sounds and smells of market day, the blazing sun, the joyful beat of much-awaited rain and a girl who dares to do better. These are just some of the stories and characters brought into focus in this captivating collection of poems.

Originally published in 1979, these poems are an eloquent, unsparing tribute to the lives of the Caribbean people and the power of nature. Simple chants and schoolyard skipping songs alongside more sophisticated poems reveal a place of beauty and hardship where life moves in harmony with the elements. With vibrant collage paintings and poignant line drawings by Eugenie Fernandes, Earth Magic will cast a spell over readers of all ages. (From Kids Can Press)

Interviews with Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand answers The Next Chapter's Proust Questionnaire. 6:00
The celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature. 58:10
In this video from the CBC Archives, Dionne Brand talks about exploring dispersal, diaspora and the desire to belong. 0:52
A holiday encore treat, originally aired on the show's twentieth anniversary in October 2010. Eleanor Wachtel and special guests Dionne Brand, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Eisenberg, and Andrew O'Hagan discussed the dynamic world of books over the past 20 years, and talked about some of their favourite titles. 54:00

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