The CHASE Fund has handed over 1,400 copies of its publication, Kingston: A Treasure of the Caribbean to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) for distribution to libraries islandwide.
The book, written by David Buckley with photographs by Kent Reid, details the rich and colourful history of Kingston presented through a tour of significant landmarks and sites of architectural, historical, political and social significance.
During the presentation at the CHASE Fund on June 10, 2020, CHASE CEO, W. Billy Heaven, noted that the book was produced under the Fund’s Arts and Culture portfolio. “Since inception, CHASE has sponsored the publication of books that enhance the collection of outstanding historic and cultural works by Jamaican authors about Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is our hope that this book will educate and foster a renewed perspective on Jamaica’s capital,” he said. Mr. Heaven disclosed that CHASE has so far supported 96 publications. “The publications which have received CHASE Fund support document Jamaica’s historical and cultural experience, academic and sports achievements and feature our poetry and other creative writings,” he said.
Director General of the JLS, Maureen Thompson, in acknowledging the donation said, “This publication provides an enchanting tour of the rich history of Kingston & St. Andrew colourfully photographed with a compelling narrative.” Miss Thompson commended CHASE Fund for recognizing libraries as focal points to make the publication available to citizens.
The book will be made available in the JLS islandwide network of school libraries and select public libraries. In addition to distribution by the JLS, copies will be made available to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, the Ministry of Tourism and the Office of the Prime Minister.