An Amazing Weekend in Nassau

Finally, a few minutes to write about last weekend! As some of you know, last Saturday was my book signing at Logos Bookstore in Nassau. Huge thanks to Logos’ owner Ricardo Munroe and his staff for being so welcoming.

From one author to another… me with Bahamian meteorologist and author, Wayne Neely. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Neely.)

Logos has long been my favourite Bahamian bookstore. For years, every trip to Nassau has included at least one visit to Logos to check out what’s new in their Bahamian history section (and, I’ll admit, to imagine what it would be like to have my own books displayed there.) Thanks to Ricardo for helping me make that dream a reality.

And thank you to everyone who came out for the signing, which was a terrific success.

It was wonderful to see so many old friends – including a few I hadn’t seen in decades – and to meet some new ones. I also discovered a few new relatives!

Two of my favourite Bahamian authors – Rosemary Hanna and Wayne Neely – also stopped by to say hello.

In addition to being a meteorologist, Wayne is the author of a series of books about the most devastating hurricanes to hit the Bahamas.

His books, which draw on first-hand accounts as well as his professional expertise, include The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1866The Greatest and Deadliest Hurricanes of the Caribbean and the Americas, and  The Great Bahamian Hurricanes of 1899 and 1932. They make for fascinating reading, and the latter was instrumental to me in conducting research for my own book.

Rosemary Hanna and me at my book signing.(Photo courtesy of Rosemary Hanna.)

Rosemary’s book, Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau’s Over-the-Hill, paints a picture of life in Grant’s Town, Bain Town and other areas in southwest New Providence that were first settled by emancipated slaves, and where the seeds of Bahamian independence were sown. The book was recently made into a documentary, Nassau’s Over-the-Hill, executive produced by Rosemary.

Rosemary and I have been online friends for several years, and it was terrific to finally meet her in person. She’s been a great source of information and insight during the writing and promotion of Those Who Stayed, not to mention a longtime supporter of this blog. (Plus, she enjoys photographing Bahamian scenery and flowers as much as I do!)

So, all of the above, on its own, would have made for an amazing few days. But on top of everything else, I was fortunate enough to be invited to present a copy of Those Who Stayed to Bahamian Prime Minister, the Honourable Hubert Minnis.

Me with Bahamian Prime Minister, the Honourable Hubert A. Minnis. (Photo courtesy of Fred Albury)

Prime Minister Minnis and I chatted for a few minutes, during which time I conveyed greetings from Abaco and, of course, invited him to visit us here in Green Turtle Cay. It was really the perfect way to wrap up an amazing weekend in Nassau!

Next up: A book signing at the Albert Lowe Museum on June 29th. More details to follow shortly.











  6 comments for “An Amazing Weekend in Nassau

  1. Ann Carmel
    June 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Very exciting – you met many of the people I’d love to meet. And the new Prime Minister! You rock, girl.

    June 17, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Well done, amazing indeed and, I’m guessing, a highlight in an already full lifetime of pretty special events for you!  YOU GO GIRL!  Waiting for the next time we cross paths on GTC again – maybe Festival Week next (2018) year.

  3. June 17, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Wonderful. Congratulations again Amanda.

  4. June 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    A wonderful publishing event – what fun. All the best. RH

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