Trinidadian filmmaker Kamalo Deen will be launching his first book on May 9 in San Fernando.
Deen, who grew up in Gasparillo and resides in New York, will launch Curry Cascadoo —A story at Imani Hall in Cipero Street.
Deen described his book: “The story of a tragic period in the life of a Caribbean immigrant to New York. Troubled by loneliness, failing health and a longing for life as he remembers it in his native Trinidad, he struggles desperately to complete work on a novel he’d been writing for many years. As he stumbles towards his ultimate goal, he’s haunted by memories of past relationships and thoughts about the true significance of his life.”
He said, “The story is told in the form of letters, poetry and recollections.
Curry Cascadoo combines strong feelings of joy and suffering, love and loneliness, nostalgia and doom and provides compelling storytelling throughout.”
The book is a delightfully easy to read story filled with many local terms and places.
Deen, a former, waiter, taxi-driver and school-teacher, was born in 1944 in Preysal. His two films which proved to be a success were Bacchanal Time and The Panman.
The book is published by his company Pempaleh International Productions.
The name “Pempaleh” (pronounced Pem-pah-lay) is derived from the French words “plein palais” meaning “royal plain.” Over a century ago the words “plein palais” were used to describe the Gasparillo/Pointe-a-Pierre region.
The company’s website state, “A broken form of this name as used by the elders of Gasparillo was Pempaleh. We decided to adopt this name for our company in honour of our Gasparillo elders.”
Pempaleh’s purpose is “to produce, present and promote all forms of Caribbean expressions for, by and about our Caribbean people,” and “to seek every possible avenue to develop a viable international market for all creative works of excellence, dignity and integrity that reflect the strength and spirit of our heritage.”
The launch will take place at 7 p.m. and will include readings and performances from the book followed by a brief question-and-answer session and book signings.