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Heather Augustyn will sign books at the European Market July 21

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Local author Heather Augustyn will be signing books for purchase at Chesterton's European Market on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Augustyn is author of five books on Jamaican music and ska, including her newest title, “Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music,” for which she has been invited to speak at and attend the Rototom Sunsplash Music Festival in Benicassim, Spain next month.

The book profiles the lives of more than 40 extraordinary musicians who were trained at the school for "wayward boys" in Kingston, Jamaica. Augustyn spent more than three years researching and writing the book, including visiting the school three times. She co-authored the book with Adam Reeves of Brighton, England. The cover, an elaborate oil painting of many of the musicians and the nun who nurtured them, Sister Mary Ignatius Davies, was created especially for the book by artist Jean-Christophe Molineris of Paris, France. The foreword was written by David Rodigan, a well-known international DJ and BBC radio host in the United Kingdom.

The book has been well received by critics who praise its exhaustive look at this school that produced musicians who literally shaped the course of Jamaican music, including jazz, mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, and dub.

Augustyn is a continuing lecturer of English composition at Purdue Northwest and a Chesterton native who graduated from Chesterton High School in 1990. She resides in Chesterton with her husband, Ron, and their two boys, Sid and Frank. She will be playing music from the musicians of Alpha Boys' School and talking about her work during the signing.


Posted 7/16/2018




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