Acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith is shown signing a book for a fan in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
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It's the Calabash International Literary Festival -- Jamaica's unique, spirited take on the world of literary gatherings, and the biennial event held over the weekend has been getting bigger at each staging.The festival, free of charge and open to anyone, started Friday and ran through Sunday evening.Rushdie said Calabash has steadily earned a name as a festival of choice for some of the world's most gifted authors.Just two years ago, an Indian literary festival canceled a video conference with Rushdie after threats of violence.The success of Calabash has fostered a more lively literary scene within the Caribbean, inspiring the creation of literary festivals on other islands, among them Trinidad and Tobago's NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2011 and Barbados' annual Bim Literary Festival and Book Fair that began in 2012 .
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