2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury
Austin Clarke (standing left) speaking at the launch last night of Independence by Cecil Foster (standing centre right, beside his wife Sharon) at the consulate of Barbados, Toronto.
"Independence" Interview aired January 29, 2014 on CTV News - Canada AM
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  • 2015 Giller Prize Jury Includes Guelph Prof, Alum

    Two of the five jury panel members of Canada’s most prestigious literary award this year have University of Guelph ties. Sociology professor Cecil Foster and alumna Alison Pick were selected to the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize for excellence in Canadian fiction. Last year,...

  • Introducing the Five-Member Jury Panel for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

    For Immediate Release: Wednesday January 14th, 2015, 9:00 a.m. EST Introducing the Five-Member Jury Panel for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize January 14, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, today announced that for the first time in its history, the...

  • Publisher’s Weekly – Independence: Book Review

    Both abandoned by their mothers to the care of their grandparents, Bajans Christopher Lucas and Stephanie King are life-long friends. Discord arrives in 1966 in the form of the predatory Mr. Lashley, who takes a disquieting interest in 14-year-old Stephanie, lavishing gifts and attention on the...

  • Guest Feature – Who owns a country? – Mcgill-Queen’s University Press

    Who owns a country? This is one of the burning questions that confront us daily as modern individuals and even as nations and states. It is a question that is never far below the surface in any discussion, among others, about Quebec, Scotland, Catalonia, Sri Lanka, England,...

  • Foster Talks Independence – Tony Best

    Cecil Foster was recently featured in this article by Tony Best. Foster Talks Independence  ...

  • Featured on G98.7 FM with Fitzroy Gordon

    Cecil Foster featured on Grapevine on G98.7 FM with Fitzroy Gordon

  • Buried in Print – Cecil Foster’s Independence

    Cecil Foster’s Independence (2014) Desmond has returned to the island because the prime minister has asked those who went abroad to help rebuild the nation, now that it has gained its independence. Harper Collins Publishers, 2014 Cecil Foster’s experience is not unlike Desmond’s, but Independence is rooted in...

  • CBC Podcast – The Next Chapter

    Aired on February 24, 2014

  • The National Post Review: Independence – Donna Bailey Nurse

    Special to National Post – February 14, 2014 Independence Growing up in, Bridgetown, Barbados, where he was born in 1954, Cecil Foster much preferred cricket to reading. Nevertheless, once a week his teachers marched him to the library where he and his classmates regularly looked for...

  • Quill & Quire – Review of Independence

    Cecil Foster was 12 years old in 1966 when Barbados gained independence from Britain. Foster’s first novel in almost a dozen years delves into the formative period of the newly liberated nation, as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Christopher Lucas. Like his childhood friend and...

Cecil Foster

Cecil Foster

Journalist.  Novelist.  Academic.

Cecil Foster is often described as a renaissance man because of his many intellectual interests. He is an author, an academic and a public intellectual. But should you ask him to describe himself he would probably explain that he is a writer who uses many genres to tell stories about the human condition and the struggles by individuals for a better world. These stories might be in the form of his acclaimed fiction or told through his journalism and media commentaries. Or they might be in his award-winning academic writing and teaching. Or they might be in general nonfiction. These stories are about hope and about social justice and freedom. Read More

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