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CrazyFruits » WELCOME TO CRAZY FRUITS BOOK CLUB » Colin Channer (born 13 October 1963) is a writer, often referred to as "Bob Marley with a pen

Colin Channer (born 13 October 1963) is a writer, often referred to as "Bob Marley with a pen

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His first two full-length novels, Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul, bear the titles of well known Marley songs. He has also written the short story collection Passing Through and the novellas I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoes. Some of his short stories have been anthologized.

He attended the Ardenne and Meadowbrook High Schools where his writing career began with the penning of love poems and other such correspondence on behalf of male students at $1 a letter Ė poems costing an extra 50 cents.†

After high school, Channer migrated to New York on 24 July 1982 †intent on a career in journalism. But it was his discovery of Caryl Phillips' The Final Passage that allowed him to see the possibilities of fiction writing from an authentic Caribbean - specifically Jamaican - perspective. Channer went on to earn a B.A. in Media Communications from CUNY Hunter College.

In 1988, Channer moved to Atlanta, where he lived for three years working as a magazine journalist. He returned to New York in 1991 after undergoing a cornea transplant to save his failing eyesight. He began writing his first novel on speculation, then attempted to get it sold.†

In this time he worked as a freelance copyeditor in various design firms and advertising agencies.†
He also wrote a collection of short stories and a screenplay without guarantee that any of them would be released. Two of the short stories were anthologized in Soulfires. In 1998, the novel was published as Waiting In Vain which was selected as a Criticís Choice by The Washington Post and hailed as a clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel.†

The novel, whose main characters were Jamaican, dealt with contemporary issues of class and identity in a multicultural context. Waiting in Vain was also excerpted in Hot Spots: The best erotic writing in Modern Fiction which placed Channer in the company of writers such as Russell Banks E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace. Time Out New York also selected this award-winning book as Book of the Summer.

The screenplay became the novella I'm Still Waiting, which was one of four anthologized stories in the volume Got To Be Real. The book itself was singular in that it was a collection by the leading black male writers of the day, the others being E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey and Marcus Major.

Another of the short stories from that period was developed into his second novel Satisfy My Soul. Released in 2002 Satisfy My Soul depicted the conflict between African spirituality and Christianity in the context of Black relationships.

Passing Through, published in 2004 is a collection of connected stories set on the fictional Caribbean island of San Carlos. The stories span the entire twentieth century and move in chronological order from 1903 till the present day.

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