Bahamian Writer Launches First Novel

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This release announces the launch of the stunning debut novel, "When Worlds Collide", written by Bahamian attorney-turned-novelist, Shawn A. Forbes. Aimed at adult audience, the story follows the trials of three friends who, through the affirmation and understanding forged from their friendship, overcome a number of emotional and physical hurdles.

On Friday 29th April, 2005, aficionados of the Bahamian literary scene converged on the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel to help fledgling Bahamian writer Shawn Forbes launch his debut novel, “When Worlds Collide". Published by the Canadian company, Trafford Publishing, the fictional novel tells the poignant story of three individuals from disparate backgrounds, who find understanding, acceptance and healing through their unlikely friendship. At times funny and at others, heart-wrenching, the book explores a number of topics that are of relevance to all societies. “My intention was to tell a story that was not merely a Bahamian, Canadian or an English one, although the principal characters come from those cultures,” says Forbes. “My intention was to tell a human story. I hope my readers will find that I’ve accomplished that.”

Although the book is not yet available at local bookstores, prospective readers may purchase it through the publisher’s website at, or by contacting Mr. Forbes directly at or through his website at “It is also available through and,” says Forbes, “but I really hope that local bookstores will stock it so as to make it more accessible to the general public.”

Although he is quick to say that writing can be a lonely and often frustrating venture, he has no intention of stopping at one. He has mapped out a plan for his second novel and is already thinking about the third.

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