Media Kit - A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - 2nd edition

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Contact:

Author: Ingrid Walter

Email: ingridwalterauthor@gmaildotcom

Website: www.ingridwalter.com

Author Bio

Ingrid Walter is a former award-winning journalist and communications specialist whose work experience spans politics, television, radio, print and e-media. Currently she is the executive director of When Art Meets Fashion, an on-line wall, standing and wearable art shop, pop-up gallery business and artist agency based in Yorkville Toronto, Canada. Born in Jamaica, she is also a Canadian citizen. She has an honors degree in political science from York University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. Ingrid is available for online, TV, radio and print media interviews.

Q & A Sheet

Q. You created a 2nd edition of your book A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs – Jamaica, first published in 2014 as an eBook and prior to that as part of a book on island proverbs in seven Caribbean Islands. Why publish a second edition on Jamaican proverbs and particularly now?

A. The inspiration for this edition came from my desire to do something that might help people cope with the many challenges faced as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. This is a time when people need to be resilient, smart, thoughtful and strong. These proverbs from Jamaica offer a treasure trove of life lessons that help people survive and build resilience. Many of them are quite funny and entertaining. I also thought creating a game with these proverbs, would be a good way for people to gain wisdom, and add laughter to their lives. Laughter can be healing during tough times.

So, apart from updating the book with family and island pictures, I added the game “A So it Guh” which in English means, “That’s the Way it Is”. As a Jamaican Canadian I have often had a tremendous amount of fun with Canadians and people from other parts of the world while we all did our best impressions of the Jamaican dialect.

I made the book available as an eBook, in pocket and standard size paperbacks and as a Kobo audio book, to give more options for purchase and enjoyment.

Q: How would you describe your book?

A: A Sea of Wisdom Island Proverbs - Jamaica – 2nd edition combines a rich mix of unforgettable, funny and sage Jamaican proverbs with choice information about the island’s celebrity residents and visitors, its natural beauty, history, folklore and culture. It’s a great life companion and good travel buddy if you are heading to Jamaica.

It pays tribute to the late Bob Marley, who I was fortunate to know. A lot of people may not be aware of this, but a number of Bob’s songs feature popular Jamaican proverbial phrases.

My book is designed to bring wisdom, support resilience and bring joy into people’s lives. As mentioned, it has instructions for a game I created called “A So it Guh” where contestants compete by voicing their best impression of a Jamaican proverb. So, I would say, it ‘s a book you can read and share with friends, family and loved ones, that will add value and even laughter into your life and theirs too.

Q: You say you knew the late great musician Bob Marley and the book pays tribute to him. Can you tell me about your relationship with him and how the book does this?

A: Bob Marley was an extraordinary human being. I was fortunate to meet him in the company of friends. I spent a fair bit of time at a place everyone called 56 which was where Bob lived on Hope Road in Kingston. I was invited to sit in on rehearsals. My mother also had a boutique called Cooyah Fashions where I worked part time and she made clothing for Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, who I also knew.

Bob was a very curious person. He was constantly asking questions when we spoke. He didn’t hesitate to give his opinions. He enjoyed discussing domestic and global affairs and the lessons that we learn as we go through life. He was philosophical and at times a quiet soul. Sometimes he would compose songs while I was in his presence.

I was quite a bit younger than him, but I think he found me interesting and we talked a lot. He was very respectful of me. I am grateful having had the opportunity to know him and spend time with him. He loved the wisdom in proverbs and used them in many of his songs. So, I gladly and unreservedly pay tribute to him with this book.

Q: What are your hopes for this book?

A: I hope as many people as possible will read it. It’s a little book, a short read, but it has a tremendous amount of wisdom, lessons and messages that can build resilience and teach us about human nature, morality, parenting, friendship, and more. We need life lessons, understanding and resilience now more than ever. I hope people will play the game and keep connecting with others during this pandemic and beyond.


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Contact: Ingrid Walter, Author

Phone: 416 880 9104

Email: ingridwalterauthor@gmail.com

Website: www.ingridwalter.com

Book Pays Tribute to JA Wisdom, Bob Marley

Photos, virtual, in-person game, life lessons for challenging times

Toronto, ON, August 25, 2020 – Former TV and radio journalist Ingrid Walter announces the launch of the 2nd edition of A Sea of Wisdom Island Proverbs – Jamaica, a book that celebrates Jamaican proverbs, beauty, history and culture; pays tribute to Bob Marley and includes photographs plus a new game to bring laughter and resilience into people’s lives during tough times.

Available on Amazon as an eBook and paperback, and on Kobo as an audiobook, A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs – Jamaica, 2nd edition features popular and sage Jamaican proverbs, including a number found in the late Bob Marley’s songs. Other Reggae musicians who incorporate Jamaican proverbs in their music include Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, the Itals, the Ethiopians, Culture, the Wailing Souls, Bunny Wailer, Justin Hinds & the Dominoes.

In the book, proverbs on managing human relations and human nature, understanding power and the working world, making wise choices, avoiding pitfalls and having hope, are presented in Jamaican dialect and translated into English.

“Jamaican proverbs are funny, witty and wise. My grandmothers and Bob Marley, who I was fortunate to know, taught me that in Jamaica. In a sentence they can encapsulate centuries of experience. I find them food for the mind and soul, life lessons to laugh and live by,” says Walter.

The first in a series of eBooks based on the original publication about seven Caribbean islands, A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs – Jamaica’s 2nd edition now includes island photographs and a game invented by the author called, “A So it Guh” which when translated into English means, “That’s the Way it Is”. To play the game contestants compete by voicing their best impression of a Jamaican proverb.

“With the variety of accents across the globe, the game can be loads of fun whether you play it with friends, family or loved ones, virtually or in person. The bonus is a slice of wisdom too.” says Walter.

About the Author

Ingrid Walter is a former award-winning journalist and communications specialist whose work experience spans politics, television, radio, print and e-media. Currently she is the executive director of When Art Meets Fashion, an on-line wall, standing and wearable art shop, pop-up gallery business and artist agency based in Yorkville Toronto, Canada. Born in Jamaica, she is also a Canadian citizen. She has an honors degree in political science from York University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. Ingrid is available for online, TV, radio and print media interviews.

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A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs – Jamaica – 2nd edition, Excerpt

“Jamaica’s remarkable cultural history coupled with the determination of its people to survive and thrive spawned a rich reservoir of thought-provoking and sage proverbs. Most of the sayings continue to stand the test of time despite having origins that reach as far back as the 16th century. They are used daily by islanders and can be found in Jamaica’s music and in a number of the late Bob Marley’s songs.

As you read through these proverbs from Jamaica, you will be intrigued by the magical use of simple elements like food, animals and insects, even plants to provide profound comments on human nature, morality, parenting, friendship, greed, and more. In many ways, A Sea of Wisdom surrounds the people of the Jamaica.


Jamaican Proverbs

Human Relations


Ole fiah ‘tick eezy fi ketch.

An old fire stick is easy to light.

An old romance easily catches fire.

Fowl ‘gree fe ‘atch duck hegg, but im no gree fe teach duck pickney fe swim.

A chicken agrees to hatch the duck’s egg but not to teach the ducklings to swim.

Never take advantage of people’s generosity.”

Book Details

Title A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - 2nd edition: The Perfect Travel Companion

Available on Amazon

Author: Ingrid Walter

Life/Travel Companion

ISBN: 13: 979-8632825078

Paperback: 59 pages

Publication date: April 18, 2020

Publisher: Independently published (April 18, 2020)

Product Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.15 x 7.81 inches

ASIN: B0875XK47G

Price: US$ 8.00

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0875XK47G

A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - 2nd edition: The Perfect Travel Companion Kindle Edition

Author: Ingrid Walter

Life/Travel Companion

Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0875XK47G

eBook :61 pages

Publication date: April 18, 2020, 1st edition January 15, 2014

Publisher: Independently published (April 18, 2020)

ASIN: B00HFUG48A

Price: US$ 7.53

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFUG48A

Available on Kobo

A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - 2nd edition

The Perfect Travel Companion

Author: Ingrid Walter

Narrated by Ingrid Walter

Series A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - The Perfect Travel Companion

Audio Format

0.5 Hours

Publisher: Walter & Company

Release Date: June 17, 2020

ISBN: 9798632825078

Language: English

File size: 35MB

Price: US$ $8.99

Link:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/a-sea-of-wisdom-island-proverbs-jamaica-2nd-edition

Contact:

Author: Ingrid Walter

Phone: 416 880 9104

Email: ingridwalterauthor@gmail.com

Website: www.ingridwalter.com

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