Guyanese Writer Releases “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. April 12, 2013: Guyanese-born writer and blogger, Mark Jacobs, has released his first book that focuses on life in Haiti through the eyes of a non-Haitian.

“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” puts the spotlight on life on everyday Haiti, where Jacobs now lives. What we get is a compilation of short stories or “vignettes,” as Jacobs puts it, which spotlights on universal issues like love, parenting and police brutality.

“The first story, “Black Woman And Child,” tells of a black woman in Haiti beating/threatening to beat a child while ‘Madame’ speaks to love.
The other vignettes are short incisive reflections, moments in time about Jacob’s own experiences in Haiti, about police who beat people and police who give people a lift on the road and about magic and about reality.

Some of the 17 stories are funny, but the laughter is a type of alternative reaction to anger.

Copies of the book are available for sale at US12 each online at and in digital version at

Jacobs will be hosted at a book launch and reading on Sunday April, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. at Night Cap Café, (Russian Embassy Compound), Pere Street, Kitty, Georgetown.

The media is also invited to cover the event. For details, contact Mark Jacobs on [email protected]