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.