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Last month Anthony Maillard
launched his book, The Killing
of the Flamenco Dancer, at The
Big Black Box on Murray Street,
The launch was a unique expe-
rience as the author transformed
the venue into a Spanish-style café
and enlisted the services of many
local artisans to re-enact several
passages of his book. Among his
guests were acoustic guitarist John
Hussain, Nikolai Salcedo, dancer
Nalini Akal, comedienne Philo
and parang group Los Hombres
Maillard is a writer, photogra-
pher and musician. His third book,
The Killing of the Flamenco Danc-
er, is a fictional love story based in
Once again, he displays his abil-
ity to document the emotion of his
characters with intense dialogue
and detailed narrative, producing
a provocatively-sensual romance
He is also the author of (Not So
Idle) Thoughts and Questions,
Third World Café, and If Yuh
Int'rested, published in Total Car-
ibbean News magazine.
Married and the father of three
children, Maillard is currently
managing director of a company
which provides service and support
to the financial sector through the
He spent the last 14 years in
Trinidad having resided in Canada
previously. He also worked with a
prominent bank as an IT specialist.
"Writing has always been a posi-
tive pastime for me," said Maillard.
"I love writing poems and short
stories. Writing a 39-chapter novel
was certainly a challenge. It start-
ed as a short story; however, the
characters were so complex... I just
kept writing to see how they would
grow and where they would end."
Maillard continued: "The Kill-
ing of the Flamenco Dancer is my
"My first---(Not So Idle)
Thoughts and Questions---is
a compilation of self-penned
mind-tickling quotations on sub-
jects such as Fear, Ego, Life, Re-
lationships, Children, God, and
Work, to name a few.
"The book challenges the ste-
reotypical view of today's society
and entices the reader to embrace
'The Love System.' Over 40 pho-
tographs accompany the text and
help bring a sense of realism to the
"The Killing of the Flamenco
Dancer is a story about strangers
who meet and 'fall in love' over-
night. Today, it is common that
people become blinded by pas-
sion, establish relationships and
sometimes get married to someone
who they think they know---only to
have their worlds collide several
months or years later."
He added: "This book is about
two 'opposites' who are physically
attracted to each other. One is a
marketing executive, the other a
"Marísa Conchita Arelis Vil-
lanueva was born in Alcobendas,
Spain, drives a Mercedes Benz and
theoretically has her pick of any
man in Boston.
"Reginald Stanfield hails from
the Bahamas, and is a divorcee
and father of one girl. He strives
to 'make it' in the art world. Their
desire to find love while fulfilling
their sexual fantasies ignites their
passion over the next three months
when their world implodes.
"As Marísa and Reggie set out
on this collision course of a tan-
gled love affair and an upcoming
art exhibition due to open in three
months, they face tough challeng-
es that will test their relationship.
Can love and passion save them?"
Once a resident of Diego Mar-
tin, Maillard and his family moved
to the east. He explained: "Diego
Martin was too noisy for me upon
my return, so we found a quiet spot
out in Arouca."
So, what does an author do in his
spare time? Maillard replied: "I am
an avid musician, music collector
and photographer. I play the flute
and sax and led my own band in
"I had the privilege of leading
the back-up band for Crazy and
Baron on several occasions.
"Since returning to Trinidad,
I've been low-key as far as the
music is concerned.
"I arranged for a small steelband
in my first year but that proved
to be too stressful. I played with
the Latin Band Pal Destino for a
while and I now spend more time
with my family and writing, while
I play flute in a parang band, Los
guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 19, 2017
The killing of the Flamenco Dancer
The cover of Anthony Maillard's
The Killing of the Flamenco Dancer.
Acclaimed dancer Nalini Akal performs the flamenco with her partner.
Popular comedienne Philo, as a
flamenco dancer, shares the stage
with author Anthony Maillard at the
launch of The Killing of the
Author Anthony Maillard
plays the flute with Los
Hombres parang band.
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