Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 7th 2014 Contents DEBBIE JACOB
As I confessed last week, I bought
Let It Snow, a collection of three
Christmas novellas, and chose it
for our December Sunday Arts Sec-
tion (SAS) Book Club because I am
in the John Green fan club---like
every other teen and adult fan of
Young Adult (YA) literature.
I was pleasantly surprised by the
first story The Jubilee Express by
The author s subtle messages
about keeping the faith---even when
your plans crumble worse than a
stale Christmas cookie---certainly
resonate with anyone who has been
disappointed by Christmas.
(Haven t we all been there and
done that?) Johnson shows just how
special Christmas can be if we open
ourselves up to new experiences and
don t dwell on what could have been,
what might have been or what
should have been.
It s a difficult task, but a good
book like Let It Snow, certainly helps.
Green s novella is the second story
in this book, but I leapt ahead to
Lauren Myracle s story The Patron
Saint of Pigs.
I like a good surprise so I m saving
Green s novella to read last.
In The Patron Saint of Pigs Addie
needs some forgiveness.
She s done something she should-
n t have done, and she knows it will
be the end of her relationship with
her boyfriend Jeb.
She arranges a meeting at Star-
bucks, and that is when we start to
realise just how much Addie s world
revolves around Addie.
She is self-centred, melodramatic,
careless and often selfish.
As the story goes on, Addie looks
more and more like a female, teenage
version of Scrooge.
Short, clipped dialogue keeps this
novella moving for readers from 14
Like all good YA books, Let It
Snow will appeal to readers at all
For those just learning how hard
Christmas can be on relationships,
this is the book for you, and for those
who need to look back on those
rough Christmases with a good dose
of forgiveness, this is also the book
Let It Snow is the perfect Decem-
ber book club choice with its themes
of forgiveness, generosity and
It s a light read that will evoke
Christmas memories worth dis-
cussing over a cup of hot chocolate
at your holiday book club.
December 7, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Traditional Christmas music is
in the offing as a guitarist, violinist
and cuatro player join to present We
Three Strings: The Concert at the
Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook,
on December 18-19.
The cast---Relator on guitar, vio-
linist Stanley Roach, and Robert
Munro on cuatro---will play Christ-
mas music only.
Patrons can look forward to being
entertained through several genres
and performance styles ranging from
classical to carols, calypso, Latin and
parang, said a press release on the
show issued by Ideaz and Artz.
Willard "Relator" Harris may be
best known as a calypsonian---he won
the National Calypso Monarch title
in 1980---but he is also well known
for his Christmas music.
Over the years, Relator has com-
posed and recorded seasonal
favourites such as Bottle and Spoon,
Let s Be Friends, Christmas is Yours,
and Christmas on Sesame Street.
Violinist Stanley Roach busks
regularly at the downtown transport
hub City Gate.
He has performed at every major
concert hall and hotel locally, and
credits his father for having taught
him the instrument.
Roach went on to improve upon
his skills on the violin and was heavily
influenced by Jascha Heifetz, a
Through listening to Heifetz
recorded works, Roach eventually
developed his own style and tech-
Largely self-taught, Robert Munro
started playing cuatro on an impro-
vised version of the instrument made
with "plywood, four strings and shoe-
maker tacks," the press release said.
"Seldom are audiences exposed to
the cuatro being played as a lead
instrument, as many choose instead
to strum. "However Munro, who is
largely self-taught, developed his
unique style after first practicing on
a makeshift instrument.
One of Munro s signature pieces
remains Lord Kitchener s Bees Melody
on which he somehow manages to
re-create the buzzing of the insect
using the strings, the fret board and
the sheer dexterity of wrist and fin-
gers." Keyboardist Orville Roach and
drummer Richard Joseph will accom-
pany the headline performers at the
From left, Relator, Robert Munro and Stanley Roach, who will headline the
concert We Three Strings. PHOTO COURTESY: ELLIOT FRANCOIS
A female Scrooge needs forgiveness
• Is it possible to receive forgiveness from others if we are not
forgiving people? 2.
• Is there any going back in a relationship once something hurtful has
been done? 3.
• Do we expect too much from loved ones at Christmas? Can the
significant other in our lives really live up to the Christmas hype and
Christmas ideal? 4.
• In The Patron Saint of Pigs one of the characters says, "Christmas is
never over, unless you want it to be.
• "Christmas is a state of mind." Do you agree?
Next week: Popular YA writer John Green's Christmas story from Let
Will it meet our expectations? Get ready to kick off the New Year with
the SAS Book Club.
We're tackling The Late Starter's Orchestra by Ari L Goldman and
Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley, two books that examine ways to
reinvent yourself after 40, 50, 60 and beyond.
Tickets cost $200 and are
available at Crosby's, St James,
Kanhai Raghubir Jewellers,
Eastern Main Road, Curepe and
Trincity Mall, Trincity.
Showtime is 8 pm.
For more info call 282-2761 or
visit the Facebook page for We
Three Strings: The Concert.
Christmas with Strings
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