Photograph of W. B. Garvey

W. B. Garvey is a relative of the famous pan-Africanist and Jamaican National Hero, Marcus Garvey. While going through his deceased father's papers, Garvey learned that his grandfather had been a railroad engineer who worked on the Panama Canal during its construction. That revelation sparked years of research and correspondence that led to the writing of Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain.

A classically-trained violinist, W.B. Garvey has performed as soloist with renowned symphony orchestras and as a recitalist in major U.S. concert halls. Garvey has appeared with the New York City Opera and the Black Music Repertory Ensemble and made studio recordings with major artists such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Wynton Marsalis as well as playing for over a hundred film scores including Martin Scorsese's "Age of Innocence," Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and Woody Allen's "Purple Rose of Cairo."

W.B. Garvey was born in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He has lived in Kingston, Jamaica, and London, England, and currently resides in New York City.

Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain brings the reader both the dread and the thrill of those who made real the canal that had been a five-hundred-year-old dream of all mankind. In vividly bringing to life one of the humanity's most challenging and ambitious exploits, Panama Fever will appeal to history buffs and lovers of quality fiction everywhere.

Watch W. B. Garvey on The Writer's Block, a PBCJamaica Production.

View photos of W. B. Garvey's 2010 Jamaican Publicity Tour.

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