[Blackstudies-l] Erna Brodber Presents Something Big With “Nothing’s Mat”

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fractals and all  :)

   ivetteromero posted: " Tanya Batson-Savage (for Susumba) writes about
the recent launch of Jamaican writer Erna Brodber’s new book Nothing’s Mat
[see previous post Launch of Erna Brodber’s new novel: Nothing’s Mat]. Here
are excerpts. The book was presented at the Universit"    Respond to this
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*Tanya Batson-Savage (for Susumba) writes about the recent launch of
Jamaican writer Erna Brodber’s new book Nothing’s Mat [see previous post
Launch of Erna Brodber’s new novel: Nothing’s Mat
<http://repeatingislands.com/2015/06/06/launch-of-erna-brodbers-new-novel-nothings-mat/>].
Here are excerpts. The book was presented at the University of the West
Indies-Mona, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.*

*Nothing’s Mat*, the newest novel from the pen of Dr. Erna Brodber recently
made its debut. Dr. Brodber’s reading revealed a novel that might be slight
in size but seems to be offering up weighty in its content. The launch took
place at the University of the West Indies at a lively launch staged
through the combined efforts of the Department of Literatures in English,
the UWI Press, and the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic
Studies.

Dr. Brodber revealed that having a launch hosted by the department of
Literature has been a goal of hers for the past four years. She also
remarked that she had also aspired to having a performance by Rosina Moder
and Friends included in the launch. This was achieved on both counts, with
probably a little bonus, as Joel Ashbourne, one of the evening’s musicians
and Brodber’s former student, treated her to the song ‘Kiting’ which had
been inspired by her.

Dr. Brodber laughingly remarked that it was the first song that had been
written for her, and she hoped it would be the first of many.

Indeed, Dr. Michael Bucknor chair of the event and head of the department
of literature, in introducing the performance also spoke about the multiple
ways in which Brodber’s work had proved inspiring. “Creativity inspiring
creativity is at the core of what writers do,” Bucknor said.

Despite its title, *Nothing’s Mat* seemed to have be quite something, and
owes its inspiration to family and an interest in African history.

“The ‘Nothing’ in *Nothing’s Mat* takes me into my family archives,” Dr.
Brodber explained. She went on to point out that it was a combination of
family and a growing fascination with fractals and its relationship with
African knowledge systems. [. . .]

*Erna Brodber* is the author of several novels and essays. Her works
include *Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home*, *Myal*, and *Louisiana*.

For full article, see
http://www.susumba.com/books/reviews/erna-brodber-presents-something-big-nothings-mat
  *ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | June
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