Oonya Kempadoo

Biography

Oonya Kempadoo, co-founder of the Grenada Community Library, international award-winning author, and literary activist, is responsible for editing The Grenada Chocolate Family, a children's picture book and winner of Best in the World in the Fundraising and Charity category and third place Best in the World in both the Caribbean Cookbook World Cuisine and Chocolate categories at this year's Gourmand World Cookbook Awards .

Her accomplishments as an author are extensive. Her first novel, Buxton Spice (Phoenix House, Orion UK, Dutton/Plume USA), was long-listed for the Orange Prize and translated and into five languages. Her second novel, Tide Running (Picador, Macmillan UK, Farrar Straus & Giroux, USA), won a Casa De Las Americas prize, was also well received on both sides of the Atlantic and both books were nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards. Her latest novel, All Decent Animals, (Farrar Strauss & Giroux, USA), was listed #6 on Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine summer reads. Oonya was awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, 2013-2014, in Connecticut, USA and in 2015, professional membership of PEN America, in recognition for her contribution to literature. Contributions include: The Caribbean: Aesthetics, World-Ecology, Politics, Liverpool University Press, UK 2016. Macomere journal, Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, USA. Trinidad Noir, Akashic Books, USA. Caribbean Dispatches, Macmillan, UK. Stories from Blue Latitudes, Seal Press, Avalon, USA 2006. Bomb magazine, USA.

A PRECIOUS IDEA IS NEVER ARBITRARILY UNEARTHED. IT SPURTS FORTH FROM EFFORT AND CREATIVITY, FINALLY UNCOVERED AS BRILLIANCE. SERENDIPITY LITERARY AGENCY PUSHES AND UNCOVERS THOSE WHO LOVE TO VENTURE IN THE QUARRY OF THEIR IMAGINATION.