Colin Channer: Novelist and Literary Activist


Colin ChannerColin Channer is the author of the bestselling novels Waiting In Vain and Satisfy My Soul and the novella I’m Still Waiting.

In 1998, his debut novel Waiting In Vain, was selected as a Critic’s Choice by the Washington Post Book World, which described it as a “clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel.”

The novel was also selected as Book of the Summer by Time Out New York and excerpted in Hot Spots: The Best Erotic Writing In Modern Fiction, which placed Channer in the company of writers such as Russell Banks, E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace.

Described as “Bob Marley with a pen instead of Gibson guitar,” Channer was born in Jamaica and lives in New York.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, the only literary festival in the Caribbean. The annual three-day festival of readings and live music, which began in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, in 2001 and has won high praise from leading media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the New York Times (“a world-class Caribbean literary festival”), the Associated Press (“one of the most vibrant literary festivals to come around in a long time”) and Britain’s Times Literary Supplement (“Calabash is a serious festival with serious literary merits.”).

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