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                                                                                                                                                                <h2 style="margin:.4em 0 .3em;font-size:1.8em;font-size:1.6em;color:#555;margin:0;font-size:20px"><a href="http://repeatingislands.com/2015/06/15/erna-brodber-presents-something-big-with-nothings-mat/" style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2;text-decoration:none!important" target="_blank">Erna Brodber Presents Something Big With “Nothing’s Mat”</a></h2>
                                                                                                                                                                <span style="color:#888">by <a href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/" style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2;color:#888!important" target="_blank">ivetteromero</a></span>
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                                                                                                                                <div style="direction:ltr;margin-top:1em;max-width:560px"><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em"><strong><a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/untitled1.png" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="https://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/untitled1.png?w=418" alt="Untitled" style="max-width:100%;min-height:auto;margin-bottom:12px;clear:both;display:block;margin:0 auto;padding:4px;background-color:white;border:1px solid #ccc"></a></strong></p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em"><strong>Tanya Batson-Savage (for <em>Susumba</em>) writes about the recent launch of Jamaican writer Erna Brodber’s new book <em>Nothing’s Mat</em> [see previous post <a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="http://repeatingislands.com/2015/06/06/launch-of-erna-brodbers-new-novel-nothings-mat/" target="_blank">Launch of Erna Brodber’s new novel: Nothing’s Mat</a>]. Here are excerpts. The book was presented at the University of the West Indies-Mona, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.</strong></p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em"><em>Nothing’s Mat</em>, 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.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">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.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">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.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">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.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">Despite its title, <em>Nothing’s Mat</em> seemed to have be quite something, and owes its inspiration to family and an interest in African history.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">“The ‘Nothing’ in <em>Nothing’s Mat</em> 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. [. . .]</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em"><strong>Erna Brodber</strong> is the author of several novels and essays. Her works include <em>Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home</em>, <em>Myal</em>, and <em>Louisiana</em>.</p><p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">For full article, see <a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="http://www.susumba.com/books/reviews/erna-brodber-presents-something-big-nothings-mat" target="_blank">http://www.susumba.com/books/reviews/erna-brodber-presents-something-big-nothings-mat</a></p>
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