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Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction Writings

I started putting together a list a list of books by Antiguan and Barbudan authors and books about Antigua and Barbuda back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum; I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. It includes books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and adopted, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere; some with non-specific connections to the island who feature Antigua prominently in their writings may also make the cut. I’m just trying to make it as complete as possible. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll do the research and add them. Before you do, though, check the main list ‘Antiguan and Barbudan Writers’ for the complete listing as writers writing in more than one genre are listed only twice, so far: in one of the genre lists and the main list. Use the site’s search feature to find fiction, non fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and the main list of Antiguan and Barbudan writing. In any case, it should be noted that the list is not exhaustive as, solely at my discretion, I’ve limited it to writers with a book or CD, and have omitted publication in journals and/or periodicals purely as a matter of containment. I’ve since started separate lists for  journal publications, Reviews of published works, song lyricists, screenwriters and playwrights. I will continue to build on these incomplete lists time allowing.  And, before you ask, no I have not read them all…can’t promise that I will read them all. Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into doing this, so please give credit where due and link back . Thanks. Full disclosure: some of the ‘Abouts’ are taken from the descriptions found, if not on the book jacket, then on Amazon or Google Books.

Name: Barbara Arrindell.

Books:

Chasing Horses from The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

UntitledThe Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2012.

Antigua my Antigua [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2011.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

The stories in Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories are fictionalized retellings of actual events; and Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore in Antigua and former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee among other things.

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Name: Clinton U. Benjamin

 Book:

Belinda. Pentland Press. USA. 2000.

About the Book: Abandoned by her father, rejected by her mother and molested by her uncle, surviving young adulthood is a task in and of itself.  Belinda must find faith deep inside herself that there Is a life beyond the pain of present.

About the Author: Clinton U. Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua.  He works in telecommunications and speaks French, Spanish, German and Italian.  Benjamin also writes poetry.

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 Name: Brenda Lee Browne

Books:

Broken House Rules in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in New Writing: Poetry and Prose. Shoe String Press. England. 2001.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in The Hoot and Holler of the Owls: An Anthology of Writers from Hurston-Wright Writers Week. USA. 2003.

About the Book: (from my review in Blogger on Books II) “Brenda Lee Browne does a great job of capturing the rhythm of the island in her Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon and I was starting to get invested in the characters when the snippet ended.”

About the Author: Brenda Lee Browne was born in England to Antiguan parents; she lives in Antigua where she has mentored other young writers while continuing to work on her own and work behind the scenes of one of the Caribbean’s greatest past times, cricket. She is former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee.

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Name: Edson Buntin

Book: Anu Bantu: Treasure Island and Haunted Park. Antigua Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2007.

About the Author: Edson Buntin is a dramatist and was an instructor in French at the Antigua State College.

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Name: J. Carie Ann Burton

Book: Frigid Summer. 2012. 2014.

About the Book: Book Blurb: A single thoughtless act proves costly; the tragic event ruins the lives of many. A young girl’s innocence is stripped away during a brutal attack; in spite of this, she refuses to hide in the shadows.  She is determined to carry on with her life. Her mother carries a burden of guilt as she cares for her daughter; this is her redemption. The girl’s father is out for justice and is determined to get it by any means necessary. He vows to keep his promise to protect her; no matter the cost. As one family reunites another is torn apart.

About the author: J. (Judith) Carie-Ann Burton was born in Antigua. After completing her secondary education, she migrated to the United States; she now resides in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Management and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a Financial Analyst in the healthcare industry.

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Name: Frieda Cassin

Book: With Silent Thread (Caribbean Classics). G A Uphill. St. John’s. 1890./Macmillan (Caribbean Writers Series). UK. 2002.

About the Book: First published in Antigua in the 1890s, With Silent Tread is a superbly understated evocation of a claustrophobic island community struggling with the bitter legacies of slavery.

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Names:  Joy Clarke

Book: De Trip in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About both Book and Author: Antiguan Joy Clarke’s ‘De Trip’  was one of several Caribbean stories published in Macmillan’s 1973 anthology Backfire. This was a collection of seventeen Caribbean short stories compiled for use in secondary schools. It embraced old and new West Indian writing from the 1930’s up to the time of its publication.

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Name: Alvin Glen Edwards

Book: Once in an Island. Authorhouse. USA. 2011.
*adapted from his 2009 film of the same name.

About the Book: The story is built around a Jamaican family who chose to leave Jamaica in search of a different life in another island; ‘a small island’ as it’s referred to by many Jamaicans in condescension. They face challenges generated by their new environment and issues having its genesis in their own island. It is a story about relationships in the pursuit of our greatest ambitions in life and plays on the national sentiments that exist between island nations in the Caribbean.

About the Author: Dr. Alvin G. Edwards is a medical doctor by profession, who has specialized in ophthalmology. He has always had a wide interest in the arts and has had formal training as an actor. He wrote a number of plays (unpublished) and acted on stage and in films. He played ‘Mr Benjamin’ in the television series ‘Paradise View.’ A native of the Caribbean, he has lived in St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Nassau, Nashville and New York while in pursuit of his profession. He first wrote the screen play for ‘Once in an Island’, then decided to write the book. He wanted to capture more of the lessons to be learnt from the story and to give the reader a chance to see themselves and Caribbean people in a realistic, revealing and self-reflecting light.

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Names: Oliver Flax

Books:

The Adventures of Kikiboom (Yellow Bird Readers Series). Macmillan. UK. 1976.

Jenkins Jumbies and Other Stories (Pikney Books for Caribbean Children). Key Caribbean Publications. USA. 1975.

Tantie Gertrude in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About the Author: In addition to being a published writer, Antiguan Oliver Flax was also a member of the Little Theatre.

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Name: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis  

Books:

Missing (Lion Family Series). Leeward Publishing. Antigua. 2013.

The Road to Wadi Halfa. SPS Publications. Florida.  2008.

Tides that Bind.

A Bigger Island.

Island Issues. 2003.

About the Books:

Missing. Formerly from London in the UK, thirty-five year old Lennox Lion has spent ten years in the Sudan working in refugee camps. In 2011 as the north and the south split, the world awaits independence of the newest nation in the world, the Republic of South Sudan. As the south celebrates, the girl Lennox loves is abducted together with other aid workers. His journey to find her take him to the borders of the two Sudans and south to the Imatong massif bordering Uganda. This mountainous region with its tropical rainforests is home to notorious rebels whose vicious tactics rival the corruption rife in the UN and the military. Lennox and his quest to find Malika take the reader on a journey of thrills and suspense and for Lennox falling in love changes his views on his past and his future. This is the fourth book in the Lion family series.

The Road to Wadi Halfa is the sequel to Tides That Bind and continues the lives of the Lion brothers and their families. In 1998 London born Roosevelt Mohammed Lion is chairman of a property empire in the UK. While overseeing a hotel project in his father’s native island in the Caribbean he is kidnapped by Islamic extremists. Roosevelt struggles to survive life in a training camp and to understand the philosophy of his colleagues in the Sudan. He meets the Sudanese beauty, Allaya, on the road to Wadi Halfa. Will he learn to trust her or is she plotting her own agenda? Will Al Qaada succeed in their mission to avenge western missile attacks by bombing foreigners in Khartoum? Will Roosevelt be in a position to prevent such an atrocity? Lennox Lion sets out to find his father, but will he rot in jail?

Tides That Bind is an edited version of the first two novels in this popular three-part series. Will the Lion family survive to build a successful dynasty or will The Lion Property Empire fall apart when Chancellor dies and Roosevelt disappears?

About the Author: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis was born in the UK of Barbudan and Canadian parentage. She worked in the business sector of London for twenty years. She was also an activist and is widely travelled. Francis has lived for several years in the Caribbean, contributing, more recently, as feature writer and editor to The Food & Drink Series in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis; and also the series Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle distributed throughout the Leeward Islands.  She is also a contributor toTABLEMANNERS which went on to be awarded the prestigious GOURMAND award in Paris for the best designed cookbook in the world 2012.

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Name: Gayle Gonsalves

Book:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2013.

Jumbies don’t sleep in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

A Good Woman in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Tamarind Stew in The Bluelight Corner Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love. (edited by Rosemarie Robotham). Broadway. USA. 1998.

About the Books:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories features eight stories of discovery, betrayal, and passion. The stories depict the emotional turmoil that results from decisions: a little girl who migrates to Canada on a hot August day is flabbergasted to discover there’s no snow; a graphic designer leaves her husband each morning to meet her lover; an inconsolable heartbreak leads a woman to the brink of sanity as she desperately wanders city streets seeking answers in dark places; a young woman gives a touching eulogy to the woman who raised her; a wife is torn between her love for her husband and his brother; a college graduate moves across the country to keep a secret and recover from the lover who abandoned her, only to meet him again; a young woman experiences the joy of first love, its passionate awakening, and the moment when it’s questioned; and three women bond while shopping for dresses for their fictional weddings. In these stories, set in Canada and the Caribbean, the day-to-day incidents set the stage for events that impact and change lives.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women’s romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and memoir.

About the Author: Gayle Gonsalves spent her childhood in both Canada and Antigua. She holds a BA from York University, and lives and writes in Toronto.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

Amelia at Devil’s Bridge in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Peekash. USA/UK. 2014.

After Glow in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

 Sexy Sadie in For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (edited by Debra Powell-Wright). Black Classic Press  & MZWrightNow Productions. USA. 2012.

Man of her Dreams in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oh Gad! – Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2012.

The Boy from Willow Bend. 2009. Hansib. UK. (first printing 2003. Macmillan. Oxford).

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. 2004. Macmillan. Oxford.

About the Books:

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

For Women: in Tribute to Nina Simone was created by African American Debra Powell Wright in tribute to the great songstress and the spirit of one of her most iconic songs Four Women. It features women writing from around the world and was funded by the Leeway Foundation.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

Oh Gad! A stirring novel about a woman facing cross-cultural odds and redefining everything she understands about her family, herself, and the country she’s never really been able to call home.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Selena’s ex has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It’s hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. Then Selena meets Michael.

The Boy from Willow Bend tells the story of Vere, an Antiguan youth, with an irrepressible spirit which is tested as he comes of age amid poverty, loss, and hard knocks.

About the Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse is a writer from Ottos, Antigua. She is also the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. For more, visit http://jhohadli.wordpress.com

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Name: D. Gisele Isaac

Photo by Sonji Davis

Book:

The Rainmaker in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Considering Venus. Seaburn Publishing. NY. 1998.
*See also screenwriting and playwriting.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

Considering Venus explores the almost-unacknowledged issue of lesbianism among Caribbean women and adds to it the complication of a heterosexual perspective.  It asks, “What happens when girlfriends becomes more than friends?”

About the Author: D. Gisele Isaac is the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Antigua and Barbuda, a former president of the Professional Organization of Women in Antigua and Barbuda, editor, activist, executive secretary of the Board of Education, and media commentator. She wrote Considering Venus while still living in New York where she was resident for many years.

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Name: Yvonne H. Pamela James

Book:

Glory Alley, Potter’s Village, Antigua & Barbuda in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Yvonne H. Pamela James, a retired teacher, was born in Potter’s Village, Antigua and Barbuda. She studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica to become a teacher. Before immigrating to Canada, she was placed in administrative positions at Jennings and Antigua Girls’ High School.

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Name: Akilah A. Jardine

Books:

Marisha’s Drama. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2007.

Living Life the Way I Love It. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2006.

About the Books:

Marisha’s Drama is the story of Marisha, a regular fun-loving teenage girl who is trying to balance the sometimes-opposing virtues of fun, friends, family and school. Then Devon comes along, and instantly they experience a mutual attraction for each other. He is a really nice guy, and she likes being around him. She would have never thought in a million years that meeting him would lend her to discover the startling secret that her own mother was hiding.
Living Life the Way I Love it is the story of Andrea, a typical modern day Caribbean teenager: she just wants to enjoy the life she’s living. This summer, she plans to do just that although she finds obstacles, such as an annoying younger brother and a clash of two romances, in her way. With the help of supportive friends, a fashion flavoured sister and her natural teenage spunk, Andrea manages to live through the ups and downs of school life and the adventures that the summer brings.
About the Author: Akilah Jardine wrote her pair of books while still in her teens. She has since gone on to pursue studies in law.

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Name: Tameka Jarvis-George

Book:

Unexpected. Enaz Publications. 2010.
*See also poetry, songwriting, playwriting and screenwriting or the general listing of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.

About the Book: Free from the clutches of a six year relationship with a violent and serially unfaithful partner, Xion Taylor was finally in control of her life. Or was she? Xion, a 26-year-old Antiguan national, decided to take charge of her situation. Not wanting to waste any time being sad and pathetic, by putting up with what seemed like the typical Caribbean man mentality when it came to love, she began find her focus.

About the Author: Tameka is a married with two children. She lives in Antigua and works in the field of architecture.  She is , also, working on her second novel. In the interim, she has produced a short film, her own fashion line, and other writings.

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Name: Marie Elena John 

Book:

Unburnable. 2006. Amistad. USA.

Excerpt:

About the Book: Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons of her past.

About the Author: Marie Elena John was born and raised in Antigua. She has worked as a development specialist of the African Development Foundation and with the United Nations. She was the first black woman valedictorian of New York’s City College. She is married with two children. Her debut novel, Unburnable, was short listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, named Best Debut by Black Issues Book Review, among other accolades.

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Name: Jamaica Kincaid 

Books:
*Kincaid’s books have enjoyed many printings; listed, in each case, is the first printing.

See Now Then. Farrar Straus and Giroux. USA. 2013.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (National Geographic Directions). National Geographic Society. 2005.

Talk Stories. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

Mr. Potter. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

My Garden (Book). Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2001.

My Brother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1997.

The Autobiography of My Mother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1996.

Lucy. Plume. NY. 1991.

A Small Place. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1988.

Annie John. Penguin Books. NY. 1985.

At the Bottom of the River. USA. 1983.

About the Books:

Seen Now Then is the first new novel from Jamaica Kincaid in ten years. In it, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas is part memoir and part travel journal of a trip into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden.

Talk Stories is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid’s original writing for the New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town,” composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983.

Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In My Garden (Book), Kincaid she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination.

My Brother is Jamaica Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew’s life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. In it, she speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.
My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

In The Autobiography of My Mother, Xuela Claudette Richardson, the daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. It is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman’s inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.

Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. She begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. Lucy is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest.

A Small Place is lyrical, sardonic, and forthright in its examination of colonialism and its effects on Antigua.

Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.

At the Bottom of the River is a short story collection that leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things–a house, a cup, a pen; telling us something we didn’t know, in a way we hadn’t expected.

About the Author:

Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua. She’s lived, written, and lectured in America for many years. She is easily the best known and most acclaimed writer from Antigua.

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Name: Edgar O. Lake

Book:

The Devil’s Bridge. Athena Pr Pub Co. 2004.

About the Book: Masquerading, migration and the ghosts of history haunt this richly-veined fable steeped in the myths and legends of West Indian and African tradition.

About the Author: Edgar Lake is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, journalist, and more.

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Name: Marcel Marshall

Books:

All that Glitters is Not Gold. Dorrance Publishing. 2008.

About the Book: All That Glitters Is Not Gold explores the significance of romance and sexuality in modern life through the journey of Te’Kare Hulford, a beautiful, successful, and very unhappy young journalist.

About the Author: Marcel Marshall was born, grew up and still resides in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. From an early age Marcel Marshall’s passions were reading and writing and vowed to become a published writer one day.

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Name: Kimolisa Mings

Books:

Martine. (independent e-publication). 2012.

About the Book:

Martine Carter has the perfect life. She is a Junior Professor in the Foreign Language Dept. of a community college. She has a loving husband and two daughters who are a handful but the loves of her life, but Martine has a secret. A secret from her past has come looking for her and she now has to figure out how to make him a part of her life.

About the Author:

Kimolisa Mings was born in Antigua. She started writing poetry after she was encouraged to do so by her English teacher, Ms. Joseph. Although her body of work grew with the passing of years, it was only in 2005 that Kimolisa started to share her work at local open mic events. In 2008, she started a blog called Kim or Lisa, where one can find her older poems and her latest poems. In 2011, Kimolisa won the Independence Literary Award for Poetry in the adult division. In 2012, one of her poems was featured in “When A Woman Moans”, a local twist on the Vagina Monologues. Kimolisa self-published the short story eBook, Martine in 2012. She is now working on her latest book, a collection of poems.

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Name: Motion

Books:

Locks and Love in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

*For more of her writing, see Poetry.

About the Books:

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author:

Canadian of Antiguan descent, Motion is a prolific urban artist. Possessing charismatic agility in rap, songwriting, and poetry, this award-winning artist is a keen composer, and intense performer. Motion’s was the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued into the millennium when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem, “Connect the T.Dots.” Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings.

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Name: Jelani Nias

Books:

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Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly. Jeshiann Publishing/Store House Media. Canada. 2014.

The Return in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Bottles’ Hustle & Graduation in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly – Welcome to Warri, Wadad, where some of “God’s children” got real wings and the devil’s earthy brood brandish shotguns. But it’s hard to tell the good from the bad in this marvelous mash-up of action and fantasy. (George Elliot Clarke, from the book jacket).

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author: Jelani Nias is a Canadian based spoken word artiste and writer with Antiguan roots.

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Name: Dobrene E. O. Marde

Book:

Send out you hand

Send Out You Hand. Hansib. UK. 2012.

*For more of his writing go to the songwriting, and screenwriting and plays page.

About the Book: Send Out You Hand follows the intersecting lives of business men and women, socio-political activists and academics across the Caribbean as they attempt to chart a course to regional unity. The characters are examined around issues of love, sex, health, race and relocation as it relates to this tumultuous social and political climate. It takes place across six Caribbean countries, providing a galloping travelogue through the region.

About the Author: Dorbrene O’Marde is an Antiguan playwright and calypso song writer; also former publisher of Calypso Talk magazine. He is also an analyst-commentator in the media. O’Marde is at the forefront of the reparations lobby as president of Antigua and Barbuda’s government-appointed Reparations Support Commission.

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Name:  Dr.Althea Prince

Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (editor, author - Praisesong for Antiguan Story, Caribbean Language and Standard English: the Case of Antigua & Barbuda). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (editor, author – Push, They Buried her Mother Twice). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2009.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader [editor w/Susan Silva-Wayne and Christian Vernon]. Women’s Press. Canada. 2004.

Being Black. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Loving this Man. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Ladies of the Night and other stories. Sister Vision. Canada. [Reissued in 2005 by Insomniac Press]. 1998.

How the Starfish got to the Sea.  Sister Vision. Canada. 1992.

How the East Pond got its Flowers. Sister Vision. Canada. 1991.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. More than just a fashion statement, a Black woman’s choice of hairstyle can reflect her self-image, childhood experiences, and personal beliefs as well. Using interviews, memoirs, and personal essays, this book sensitively charts Black women’s journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society’s standards of beauty.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader brings together theory and practical application, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women’s social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism.

Being Black. Prince tackles the complacency she sees in some manifestations of Black Canadian culture — such as Toronto’s popular Caribana festival — as well as in white society’s attitudes towards Black culture, as revealed by Prince’s involvement with the notorious Writers’ Union of Canada-sponsored Writing Thru Race conference.

Loving this Man beautifully traces a woman’s struggle to negotiate the transition from life in the Caribbean to life in the concrete utopia of urban North America. It is about politics and class, but more than anything, about the mother-daughter bond that exists in these women’s lives.

Ladies of the Night and Other Stories. With women’s loves and lives as their focus, the stories contain dramatic twists and turns: some humorous, others shocking and disturbing, all leaving a haunting melody behind.

How the Starfish got to the Sea is a Caribbean story set in 1800s Antigua. It features characters like the elder Papa Biggis and the healer Mother Sillah. The story is about a star lost its ability to shine after falling to earth.

How the East Pond got its Flowers is also set in Antigua; it is the story of Mother Sillah and Tullah, a young girl destined to do great things despite being enslaved in colonial era Antigua

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Name: Ralph Prince

Books:

Experience During the Eruption (Excerpted from novel, Fire Mountain) in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Jewels of the Sun. 1979.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

Jewels of the Sun was a short story collection.

About the Author:

Born in 1923,  Ralph Prince lived in the U.K. for many years, working as a journalist for the BBC. Later, while resident in Guyana, he edited ‘The Demba Digest’, a publication of the Demba Bauxite Company. He later returned home to Antigua, where his pursuits included archeological research, before his death, of natural causes, in 1985.  Throughout his writing life, Prince, eldest brother of famed scribe Althea Prince, contributed to several anthologies, a dictionary of Caribbean language, and his short story collection, Jewels of the Sun. After his death, a literary journal, entitled ‘Prince Literary Journal’, was created in his honour.

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Name: Heidi Skerrit

Books:

Suffering in Silence in  So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Heidi Skerritt was born in Kent, England. The older child of Antiguan parents, she immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s with her family. Heidi lived and grew up in Ontario, where she acquired a love for the arts. In 1998, she emigrated to Antigua where she currently resides. She is a voracious reader, and founder of the Sistas with Books (Antigua) Book Club. She writes mostly in her spare time.

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Name: Elaine Spires

Books:

Holiday Reads: Seven Quirky Short Stories for your Sun Lounger. Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy). Amazon Digital Services/Elaine Spires. 2014.

Sweet Lady.  Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2013.

Singles’ Holiday. Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2012.

What’s Eating Me? Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2011.

About the Books:

Holiday Reads provides short stories for your sun-lounger – or wherever! Seven women, each with a different holiday problem. Meet, Olivia, who wishes she wasn’t on a tennis holiday; Estelle, alone on a cruise; Fiona who’s flying too close for comfort; Shelley, who shouldn’t have got involved with a foreigner; Alison who finds our her husband’s off on a cruise – but not with her!; Eloise who’s having a rotten time in Ibiza and Karla who’s desperate for her family holiday in Corfu to go well.

In Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy), a singles’ holiday to India’s Golden Triangle – Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting in Ranthambore, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi – all go to make up a trip that is hot, humid and spicy. Eve Mitchell, Travel Together’s tour manager extraordinaire has a couple of familiar faces in her little group of travelers and others that she hasn’t met before; sexy man-eating pensioners, a compulsive over-eater, a constant whiner and a man with a personal problem. And there’s a big surprise awaiting someone -and Eve – early one morning. By the end of the tour, which sees our group travelling by coach, rickshaw, train and elephant, she will know rather more about some of their innermost secrets than she’d like. But Eve deals with all the twists and turns the trip throws at her as we come to understand what makes people travel the world with a bunch of complete strangers and appreciate thesuccess that is a singles’ holiday.

In Sweet Lady, nothing is as it seems. When celebrity artist Eleanor and her daughter Victoria go to Antigua for some winter sun it is to charge their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition. But when beach-boy Tyrone walks into their lives things change for ever.

Singles’ Holiday. Antigua. . . the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful. . . silver sand, cobalt sky, warm turquoise sea. . . and a bunch of complete strangers, who only have one thing in common: they’re single. Some are looking for romance, some for something else. But they’ve all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon, some will become good friends, some enemies and some lovers. And many of them will experience things they never expected.

What’s Eating Me is the story of Eileen Holloway, an obese woman; single parent to two difficult teenage boys; struggling to run her department at work and trying hard to please her demanding mother. The only way she can keep all the plates spinning is by eating. Food has become her drug of choice. When she is chosen to appear on the reality TV show Barbara’s Beautiful Bodies, Eileen thinks that this is the solution she has been waiting for; that once she’s thin all her problems will be over. But she quickly discovers that losing weight so publically and her newly found “celebrity” bring their own problems.

About the Author:

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress.  Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. British born, Elaine spends her time between her homes in Westcliff-on-Sea and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

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Name: Leon Chaku Symister

Chaku reading at the Wadadli Pen Word Up! fundraiser in 2006. (Photo by Laura Hall)

Books:

From the Depths of My Naked Soul: Chaku Writes.  Caribbean Diaspora Press Inc., NY. 1999.

Under the Calabash Tree: Caribbean Short Stories. Caribbean Diaspora Press, Inc., NY. 2000.

About the Books:

Under the Calabash Tree was intended to give Caribbean children living outside the region an idea of what life was like in the islands not so long ago. It is a short story collection.

About the Author:

Leon Chaku Symister is the chairperson of the United Progressive Party and a practicing attorney. Symister was co-founder and artistic director of the local Third World Theatre Group during the 70s. For more, see the playwriting and screenwriting page.

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Name: Ashfield Thomas

Books:

Brickdam. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

The Place of Music. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

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Name: Floree Williams

Books:

Through the Window. Create Space. USA. 2010.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses. Seaburn. USA. 2008. (second printing)

About the Books:

Through the Window is the story of 23 yr old Anya, a complex and often complicated woman who has to navigate through a maze of friendships, love, a dysfunctional family and finding love for herself. Anya’s journey is one filled with drama, betrayal, tears, laughter and the strength/weaknesses of relationships.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses is a collection of short stories chronicling the childhood and high school life of author Floree Williams. Pink teacups represents the childhood years where the author identifies strongly with girlhood and blue dresses represents the author’s high school uniform.

About the author:

Floree Willams, born and raised on the island of Antigua, is a young and upcoming author. She cherishes the little things in life that often go unnoticed like laughter and the beauty of the night sky. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.”

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Name: Andy E. Williams

Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

Anthology of Words [Ed]. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

About the Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction is a collection of lively stories from the rare perspective of a boy who has not only emigrated back to the islands in the reverse direction of so many other countrymen and women, but who also sees the world with eyes much more ancient than his own. The stories are adapted excerpts from the author’s upcoming novel Ghosts of Our Ancestors, which preserves the cadence and language of these shorter pieces, while drawing them out into a more sustained work of powerfully vivid and enduring imagery.

Anthology of Words is a book of poetry written by a working group of poets with roots in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Each author’s poetry is preceded by a revealing and insightful commentary on their approach to it.

About the Author:

Andy E. Williams is a Toronto based writer and photographer of Antiguan heritage. Andy was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in New York, Antigua, and the Greater Toronto Area. Andy attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Physics before pursuing a career in the software industry, all the while with a latent interest in the arts. This latent interest eventually expressed itself in the books Anthology of Words, and In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction.

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Antiguan and Barbudan Writings

N.B. This is the umbrella/complete list. For genre specific listings , search for fiction, non fiction, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, children’s literature, songwriters, or whatever else. This list is all books all the time, but you can also search this site for publications by Antiguans and Barbudans in journals, contest wins, and performances. Chances are it’s somewhere here on the site. If you’re looking for Wadadli Pen winners, use the drop down menu on the right or search Wadadli Pen by year, name, story or other feature. Hope you find what you’re looking for.

I (Joanne C. Hillhouse) started putting this list together back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum; I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. I’ve tried to include books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and ‘adopted’, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere; some by writers with non-specific connections to the island who nonetheless feature Antigua prominently in their writings may also make the cut. I’m trying to make it as complete as possible. Due mostly to time constraints, I haven’t included here every publication a writer may have been anthologized or excerpted in although I’ll try to do so if they’re the editor or if it’s their first and/or primary publication. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll add ‘em. But it should be noted, the list is not exhaustive as, solely at my discretion, I’ve limited it to writers with a book or CD, and have omitted publication in journals and/or periodicals purely as a matter of containment. I have started a listing of writings in journals which you can search for on the site; and this list is also broken down according to genre – you can search for the genre specific lists as well. I will continue to build this list, time allowing. And, before you ask, no I have not read them all…but I’ll get there. Maybe. Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into doing this, so please give credit where due and link back to us. Thanks.

POETRY

Name: Rilys Adams 

 CD: Laid Bare. Chosen Sounds. Antigua. 2009.

About the CD:

Rilys did this CD when she was just 19 in what is described was described by one reviewer in floetry style; it is produced by J. Omari Harrigan.

About the Author:

Rilys Adams is a law student and aspiring novelist. She is also a past Wadadli Pen finalist. She blogs here.

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Name: Zahra Airall

Book:

From the Window and Missing Him in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

*For more on the author and her writings see the screen and playwriting page.

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Name: Sylvanus Barnes

Photo by Gemma Hazelwood (@ 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)
Books:
Fling Stone inna Hog Pen: Volume 2 – Humorous, Studious, and Lugubrious. Antigua. 2009.
 
Fling Stone inna Hog Pen: Volume 1 – Loyal Mates and Reprobates. Antigua. 2009.
 
Barney’s Wit ‘n Wisdom. Antigua. 2005.
 
Riotous Rhymes ‘N Remedies. Antigua. 2000.

About the Author:

Sylvanus Barnes works at the Ministry of Education. He is the proud recipient of a UNESCO prize for his contribution to the literacy arts in Antigua and Barbuda. He enjoys writing humorous pieces.

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Name: Irene Browne-Bowen

Books:

Literary Collection No. II. 1997.

Literary Collection No. I. 1995.

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Name: Roy H. S. Dublin

Books:

Tomorrow’s Blossoms.  Magnet Printery,  1934; SCRIP-J, Trinidad/Entertainment Bazaar, Antigua, 2010.

Thoughts from Benwar Hill. ?

Out of the Unknown. 1932.

About the Books:

Dublin’s Tomorrow’s Blossoms, recently issued, was first published in 1934 to commemorate the tercentenary year of the colonization of Antigua and the centenary year of emancipation. It was awarded the King’s Medal.

About the Author:

The late Roy Dublin was a poet, scholar, and musician; also a social worker and family man.

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Name: Bille Dyer

Book:

As Man Ascends.

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Name: Shakeema Edwards

Books:    

Let the Black Woman Sing and When Jazz Meets Blues in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Shakeema is a former Wadadli Pen finalist. She’s also won the Best of Books V-Day Literary Competition, the Best of Books/Joanne C. Hillhouse Dancing Nude in the Moonlight Next Chapter contest, the Floree Williams Childhood stories competition, and the Independence Literary Arts Competition.

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Name: Tanya Evanson

Books/CDs:

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry [edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Graham], Frontenac House Ltd., Canada, 2013.

Language for Gods. Mother Tongue Media. 2012.

Love Letter to Anatolia. Mother Tongue Media. 2012.

Blue Bop – Volume 1. Dark River Media, USA, 2009.

The Memorists. Mother Tongue Media. 2008.

800 – Mercan Dede. Doublemoon Records, Turkey, 2007.

Southfull – Brifo. La Baleine Records, France, 2006.

Invisible World. Mother Tongue Media. 2004.

Coastal Tongue: CD Anthology of Women in Spoken Word in Vancouver [Ed. by T. L. Cowal and Tory Bricker]. Canada, 2004.

Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature [edited by Wayne Compton]. Arsenal Press. 2002.

All Wound Up: Alternative Writing from BC. Ripple Effect Press. 2002.

The Golden Section. Mother Tongue Media. 2001.

Ribsauce: A CD Anthology of Words. Wired on Words, Vehicular Press, Canada, 2001.

Cut of Buddha/The Vancouver Eloquence. Mother Tongue Media. 2000.

Throwing Skin: South American Poems 1997-1998. Mother Tongue Media. 1999, 2000.

World Class Animal. Mother Tongue Media. 1997.

LA VACHE ENRAGÉE ANTHOLOGIE 1996 – 1997. [Edited by Mitsiko Miller]. Revue Stop. 1997.

Blood in Blood Out: A Universal Preparation. Mother Tongue Media. 1996.

About the Books/CDs:

The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

Language for Gods is the third spoken wor.l.d music album for Tanya Evanson. A fusion of poetics + dub + jazz + experimental soundz exploring concepts of family, mythology, dialect, silence and technology.

The Memorists is an audio CD of poetry with music jewels of jazz, Africa, Anatolia and Arabia. It is based on work written during four years of life in Istanbul, Turkey, and features collaborations with classical and gypsy musicians as well as well known Vancouver jazz, funk, and world artistes.

Invisible World is an audio CD featuring original poems, songs, stories and traditional prayers based on work written during extensive world travels.

About the Author:

Since 1995, Tanya Evanson has been performing spoken word and dub poetry with Canadian, Turkish and other musicians backing her. She is a relation of Veronica Evanson Bernard.

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Name: Veronica Evanson Bernard

 Books:

Pineapple Rhymes [w/illustrations by Eddie Granderson]. Blackwood Press. Atlanta. 1989.

Coconut Walk. Creative Print & Graphics. 199?

About the Author:

Writing in the local vernacular before it was common to do so, Veronica Evanson Bernard was featured in the 2010 edition of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books as a pioneer of Antiguan verse. She passed on to the after life in 2010 at age 80. The former Antigua Girls High School teacher and adult education teacher was resident in New York at the time. She was a former Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University.

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Name: N. Erna Mae Francis

Books:

How to Thrive in Trying Times. Author House. 2009.

Poetic Vibes to Help You Thrive.

It’s Time for a Change. E. Francis Global Enterprise. 1996.

About the Author:

N. Erna Mae Francis was born in Swetes, Antigua, and relocated to St. Maarten at age eight. She holds a Bachelors in psychology, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. She is a certified success coach and the visionary behind Victorious Living.

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Name: Linisa George

Books:

Add Cream and The Phenomenal Black Woman Remixed in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Brown Girl in the Ring in The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus. Bloodaxe Books. UK. 2013.

About the Book:

The World Record is an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a poem from each of the 204 Olympic nations, from Armenia to Tuvalu, Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan. There are new voices as well as world greats, rappers and spoken word artists, poets and storytellers. The World Record marks the first time so many living poets from so many countries have been gathered together in one anthology – and 2012 is the first time so many poets have been gathered in one place.

About the Author:

Playwright, producer, stage director, and theatre director, Linisa George is originally from Guyana, but migrated to Antigua as a child. She’s been writing since childhood but it wasn’t until her return to Antigua from Canada in 2005 that she went public with it. Since then, she’s been quite active as a member of Women of Antigua, producers of local stagings of the Vagina Monologues and architects of its local counterpart When a Woman Moans; founder of the Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda; and partner in August Rush, producers of the Expressions open mic series and more.  Her most recent project is the online magazine Black Girl in the Ring.
 
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Name: Eileen Hall Lake

Books:

The Fountain and the Bough. C. Scribner’s Sons Co. USA. 1938.

About the Book:

Eileen Hall Lake’s collection received a fine review in Poetry Review in 1939, according to the 2012 edition of the Antiguan and Barbuda Review of Books.

About the Author:

Born Eileen Hall in Antigua, she became Eileen Lake and Eileen Hall Lake after marrying Dr. Michael Lake. Her father’s family was from Oxford and her mother was part French-part Irish, with the French side having been in the then British West Indies since the mid-17th century. In addition to writing poetry and stories – published in Harper’s, Poetry, and American Mercury among others, she was also known for her translations of works by short story writers. Her association with English novelist and critic, a key player in the development of early 20th century literature, Ford Maddox Ford is well documented.

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Name: Lauchland Henry

Books:

The Professional’s Guide to Working Smarter. Burrill-Elsworth Associates. USA. 1988.

Talk to Me. L H Publications. USA. 1979.

Touch Me Inside. High Q Publications. USA. 1975.

About the Author:

Born in Antigua, resident in America, Lauchland is a poet and former member of the marine corps who also holds a PhD in engineering sciences.

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Name: Agnes Cecilia Hewlett-Carrington

Book:

Allo et au ‘Voir. London. 1972.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

“One” and “A Religious Experience” in She SEX – Prose and Poetry: SEX and the Caribbean Woman. Bamboo Talk Press. Trinidad. 2013.

On Becoming [as jhohadli]. Poetry. self-published. Antigua. 2003.

About the Books:

Sex, Prose and Poetry, SEX and the Caribbean Woman. “She Sex is an important gathering of women’s voices.” – Tiphanie Yanique, author of How to Survive a Leper Colony

On Becoming. In this voice, jhohadli (Joanne) speaks from her soul, exploring pain and joy, love and hate, and various things in between.

*See other books and more about this author in Fiction, Non Fiction, and Children’s Fiction.

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Name: Sheryl Inigo Joseph 

Book:

The Falling Rain.

Poetry and Reality.

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Name: Dotsie Isaac-Gellizeau

Photo by Laura Hall (@ 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)

Books/CD:

Brain Freeze and The Saddest Story in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Ab-SOUL-utely Dotsie. Antigua. 2004.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau, a former Wadadli Pen judge, built her rep on the Antiguan and Barbudan open mic scene before putting out her first CD. Her poetry has been performed in theatrical productions like When a Woman Moans.

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Name: Sylvester Itoyah

Books: 

She Stood Naked. 1996.

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Name: Tameka Jarvis-George

Books:

Selfish and Uncomfortable in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

I am. Hidden Brook Press. 2005.

I am that I am. Watermark Press. MD. 2000.

Thoughts from the Pharcyde. Hidden Brook Press. 1999.

*See other books and more about this author in screenwriting, fiction, and songwriting listings.

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Name: Joseph Jermaine

Books:

Creative Thoughts. 2002.

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Name: Clifton Joseph

Books:

Memories and I Remember Back Home in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Chuckie Prophecy, *footnote to the end of a love affair, RITES/FOR WALTER RODNEY in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oral/ Trans/Missions [w/the Livestock Band]. Europe. 1990.

Metropolitan Blues. Domestic Bliss. Canada. 1983.

About the Author:

Clifton Joseph is a journalist and broadcaster in addition to being a poet. He is a founding member of the Dub Poetry movement in Canada.

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Name: Llewelyn Joseph

Books:

I saw My Father Naked and Immigrant Blues in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Author:

Poetry has been part of Antiguan, Llewellyn Joseph’s life from infancy – hearing it read, recited; reading and reciting to parents, church congregations, and school concert audiences. Influences on his poetry include living the Black experience, the midsixties to late seventies, and coming to appreciate what he calls ‘the condition of being Black’; nodal life experiences; becoming a parent; and the changing relationships with aging parents.

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Name: Kamau Ode Lasana

Books:

Roadside Prophet & Other Poems. Blackground Productions. Canada. 2000.

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 Name: Joy Lawrence 

Books:

Island Spice. Antigua. 1996. 1997.

About the Poet:

Born in Bethesda village Antigua, Joy Lawrence would grow to become an educator as well as a prolific poet, historian, and folklorist. She was a senior lecturer at the Antigua State College and founder of the ASC/UNESCO annual poetry contest. Ms. Lawrence was awarded the 2004 UNESCO Honour Award by the organization’s literary arts committee, for her contribution to literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Kaliq Lowe

Books:

Some Things Never Change and Free-Falling in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Kaliq Lowe wrote his first poem in Grade 2 for an English assignment for his teacher, and in 2008, he won first place in the poetry competition for the Antigua & Barbuda Literary Arts Competition. He continues to write.

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Name: Fransene Massiah-Headley

Books:

Pepperpot…A Caribbean Woman’s Story…Poems for the Stage. Dominica. 2008.

About the Books:

Pepperpot is a Look at the Antigua culture. It documents a  Caribbean woman’s life story while revealing some of Antigua’s rich history employing the Antiguan Nation Language to tell the story of the characters.

About the Author:

Fransene Massiah—Headley is an Antiguan educator, writer and dramatist. Writer and Dramatist.

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Name: Monica Matthew

Books:

Wha You Come From? What Makes You Who You Are? in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

*See other books and more about this author in non fiction.

About the Author:

Monica Matthew was born in the parish of St. Phillips, and grew up in the Grays Green community, in Antigua. In Grays Farm, a loving woman, Mary Ambrose, raised her, along with her many children. She taught for many years at the Greenbay Government School, the Antigua Grammar School and then the Ottos Comprehensive School before leaving to teach Home Economics and Nutrition in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands. At New York City Technical College in Brooklyn, Monica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management and The Applied Sciences.  She was named Tourism Ambassador of Antigua in 2008. She is the founder of Grays Farm Publishing.

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Name: Carolyn Matthew Nation

Books:

Poetry for Life. Trafford Publishing. 2009.

About the Book:

Poetry for Life is a collection of poems to encourage the soul, heart, and  mind.  It is all about life:- our creator – God Almighty,  challenges, trials, love, successes, attitudes, humor etc. Some of these poems  are true life experiences of the author.

About the Author:

Carolyn Matthew-Nation is from Antigua and  Barbuda. She pursued Business  Management Studies at the Antigua State  College where she graduated in 1994.   She went on to pursue basic training as  well as various  accomplishments within  her field of study.  In 1993, a year  after meeting her would be husband was  when her poetic skills emerged.  She  wrote her first poem that  August  entitled ‘Strangers at the  Seashore’.  It was from there she  knew she was  gifted with a passion for  poetry.  She went on to marry her  sweetheart and they now have two  children.

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Name: Rosie McMaster

Books:

The Pain of Old Age and the Blind are Very Blessed in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Rosemarie V. McMaster is the owner, and Managing and Production Director of Antigua’s famous pepper-sauce, “Susie’s Hot Sauce”. She is also an accomplished travel consultant, and is a dedicated public servant. In 2005, Rosie was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ Award in Florida; and also the Most Illustrious Order of Merit in Antigua, for her contribution to industry and commerce. In October 2009, she was presented the prestigious MBE Award by HRH Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

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Name: Franklin Michael

Books:

published in Out of the Stars 2. 1976

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Name: Vivian Michael 

Works:

Words Left Unsaid and My Inspiration in Collective Soul Volume One. Chrysalis. Antigua. 1998.

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Name: Motion

Books/CDs:

Home in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: New Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [edited by Dr. Althea Prince] A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry [edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Graham], Frontenac House Ltd., Canada, 2013.

Locks and Love, Graf, SheLand*, Be Girl in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

GIVE VOICE: Ten Plays From the Obsidian Theatre Company’s Playwrights Unit [edited by Rita Shelton Deverell], Playwrights Canada Press, 2011.

40 Dayz. Canadian Scholars Press. 2008.

Girl and I-Land in Revival: An Anthology of the Best Black Canadian Writing [Editor by Donna Bailey Nurse], McClelland & Stewart, 2006.

T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers [Edited by Karen Richardson and Green], Trafford Publishing, 2006.

Motion in Poetry. Women’s Press. Canada. 2002.

About the Books:

The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

In the Black is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry and hip hop, some of Black Canada’s foremost writers from across generations explore history, community, love, and healing. The collection consists of writing from Catherine Bain, George Elliott Clarke, Gayle Gonsalves, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Clifton Joseph, Dwayne Morgan, Motion, Jelani Nias (J-Wyze), Djanet Sears, Mansa Trotman, and the editor, Althea Prince.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

Give Voice features these short plays, in the many dialects of the Black voice and highlight the talent of some of Canada’s brightest emerging playwrights. Featuring new plays by Motion, Dian Marie Bridge, Rachel Lee Rickards and more.

40 Dayz is Motion’s second book of poetry; an entrancing journey through challenge, discovery, and transformation. It is  topical, sensual, sometimes provocative, often beautiful, and always engagingly rhythmic. The poems all allude to or explore the theme of “40 dayz,” reflecting the literary side of Motion”s artistry, while retaining the amazing power of her spoken-word style. Among them is the acclaimed “connect the t.dots,” winner of the first annual CBC Poetry Face-Off.

Drawing on fiction, poetry, and memoir, Revival brings together an impressively varied selection of outstanding work by both well-known writers and new voices. Donna Bailey Nurse’s lively and invaluable introduction deftly explores the various themes and motifs that define and illuminate the meaning of being black, while tracing the evolution of this influential literature through colonialism, post-colonialism, and decolonization.

Birthed at the popular open-mic series, La Parole, T Dot Griots is an intimate journey through previously undocumented Canadian experiences, reporting from Toronto’s black communities in fiction, poetry, articles, plays and songs. The book features contributions by over forty writers of African descent, either raised in or residing in Toronto.

Motion in Poetry is a print edition and Audio Xperience. Motion tells her powerful stories of identity, strength, and place; charting a journey in language that is rich in contemporary African-Canadian rhythms.

About the Author:

Motion is the daughter of an Antiguan mother. She is an award winning artist whose accolades began when she became the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem ‘Connect the T.Dots’. Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings, Motion in Poetry, with the companion album, the Audio Xperience. She’s performed at Russell Simmonds Def Poetry Jam on HBO and is a member of the Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit. She’s written for stage and screen

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Name: Elaine Olaoye

Books:

Passions of the Soul. Second Edition,  Northwind Publishers, New Jersey. 2002.

About the Book:

Dr O review (previously published in the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books).

About the Author:

Dr. Elaine Henry Olaoye received her Ph.D in 1981 and is a Professor of Psychology at Brookdale Community College, and an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a poet who believes in the therapeutic value of poetry. As CEO of NorthWest Enterprises, she conducts workshops, presents papers, and consults in the areas of stress management, education psychology and positive psychology. She sponsors an International Poetry and Psychology Performance at Brookdale and, in Antigua, sponsors the annual Elaine Henry Olaoye and Tori Antigua Girls High School Scholarship.

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Name: Germaine Owen.

Books:

 I Could Fly Like a Bird. Trafford Publishing, Canada, 2003.

About the Author:

Germaine Owen was born in St. Croix to Antiguan parents. She first published as an undergraduate from John Hopkins University. She is a practicing physician who also writes creatively. She is at work on her first novel.

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Name: J. Nerissa Percival 

Book:

Butterfly in the Sunlight. iuniverse.com, 2006.

Butterfly in the Moonlight. iuniverse.com, 2006.

About the Books:

Butterfly In The Sunlight is a happier sequel to Butterfly in the Moonlight. It begins on an uncertain and somewhat troubled note within the mind and heart of the main character, but ends triumphantly as true love is finally obtained. Additionally, Butterfly In The Sunlight contains a compelling and heartbreaking factual short story, which delivers an earth shattering message to young women across the world.

Butterfly in the Moonlight is a collection of poetry conceived in the innermost recesses of a young but experienced mind; with love – its beauty and ugliness – as its central theme.

About the Author:

R.I.P., Nerissa. Gone too soon.

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Name: Sislyn Peters 

 Book:

Shades of a Colonial Coloured. AuthorHouse. 2009.

 A Little Souvenir in Poetry. AuthorHouse. 2008.

 Undocumented Citizen. AuthorHouse. 2007.

 A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry. AuthorHouse. 2006.

About the Books:

Shades of a Colonial Coloured: An Autobiography chronicles the  author’s memory milestones, such as asking her mother to pick her up, at age one-and-a-half; Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation celebration, at three years old; and the colony’s conversion from British pounds, shillings and pence to the new Eastern Caribbean Currency of dollars and cents, at age ten, among others. The author documents taboo subject questions such as “Where do babies come from?” She touches on the very subtle racism that lurks amongst a few people; the days of migration to England; her first encounter with Rock & Roll and the juke box; and her first peek into American racism. The book gives insight into the author’s makeup and foundation, literally. It shows her enthusiasm for learning, and her curiosity about humanity. It also reveals how much corporal punishment was used in home and school. This autobiography is testament to a determination to persevere and rise above all odds, in spite of obstacles. Youth’s honest naïveté, innocence, and beauty shine through this thoughtfully written, informative, and valuable work.

In A Little Souvenir in Poetry, Sislyn Peters selects classic and contemporary favorites from her compilation of poems. This is an intelligently written work, which exposes Peters as a visionary who brings issues to the fore, such as in “The Stoning,” “When You Ain’t Got Time,” and “To A Mother.” She makes full use of figures of speech; the reader is not at a loss for sharp imagery. It is obvious that Peters is a literary artist. Her poems have a musical beat, and are sculpted. They are also engrossing, and cause the reader to become engrossed, pause, soul-search, and smile.

In Undocumented Citizen, nineteen-year-old Naomi Abram is lost at sea with her heart-throb, a Bible, and a notebook, and crash-lands on a beach, in the dark, in Puerto Rico. She boards the wrong plane for home, and unwittingly enters the U.S.A. where she lives an undocumented, stagnant lifestyle. Naomi is forced to lie about where she’s from, in order to maintain employment; but her conscience keeps her moral values tame. She experiences horror, when her landlady dies; grief and guilt, when her brother dies; fright and fear, when confronted by law enforcement; and joy, when she sneaks out of the Country and visits her family. While in Antigua, she learns that a new culture, Rastafarianism, is sweeping the island. After waiting and hoping for more than a decade, Naomi’s presence in the U.S.A. is finally documented.

A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry reflects the author’s fond memories of life on the island. On its own, the book persuades the reader to pause, with profound questions to self, and encourages empathy, as the reader experiences a deliciously emotional journey. For those who long to engage in literary works, with substance, A Souvenir of Antigua in Poetry is filled with sparkling gems. They range from poems with musical cadence, as in “Potpourri Music;” or innocent childhood imaginings, as in “The Clouds;” to serious musings, as in “Time and Place Intersection;” or humour, as in “Ode to a Pervert.”

About the Author:

Sislyn Peters was born in St. John’s, Antigua, then British West Indies, and attended the Ebenezer Methodist Church, and Sunday school. She is a graduate of Princess Margaret High School. As a child, she wrote verses, and short stories. As a teenager, she sang with local bands, including Pat Edwards’ Playboys, and Vere Anthony’s Teen Stars, and is also a playwright. One of her plays, Trust, was adapted by the City College of New York’s English Department, Division of Humanities & Arts, and performed at the Aaron Davis Hall, in 2001. Sislyn Peters has been referred to as gifted, and a deep thinker. Her public literary voice lay dormant for all these years, waiting to burst forth. It finally has.

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Name: Rowan Ricardo Philips

Books:

Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth - as translator (book written by Salvador Espriu). Dalkey Archive Press. USA. 2012

The Ground: Poems. Farrar Straus & Giroux. USA. 2012.

When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. Dalkey Archive Press. 2010.

About the Books:

The Ground: Poems is a poignant and terse vision of New York City. The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. These are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable music, and metaphysical splendor that concern themselves with lived life and the life of the imagination––both equally vivid and true––as they lay the framework for Phillips’s meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.

In When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Rowan Ricardo Phillips pushes African American poetry to its limits by unraveling “our desire to think of African American poetry as African American poetry.” Phillips reads African American poetry as inherently allegorical and thus “a successful shorthand for the survival of a poetry but unsuccessful shorthand for the sustenance of its poems.” Arguing in favor of the “counterintuitive imagination,” Phillips demonstrates how these poems tend to refuse their logical insertion into a larger vision and instead dwell indefinitely at the crux between poetry and race, “where, when blackness rhymes with blackness, it is left for us to determine whether this juxtaposition contains a vital difference or is just mere repetition.”

About the Author:

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is regarded as one of America’s smartest young poet-critics. He was born in NYC and has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Rowan Ricardo Philip is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for this collection The Ground as well as the 2013 Whiting Writers Award.

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Name: John Prince

Books:

Stifled Youth and Dig the Hole in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Pruckup’s Freedom, Bass Press, London, UK, 2011.

Reflections, Baas Press, London, UK, 2010.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

John Prince was born during a hurricane in Nevis to his mother, an Antiguan, and his father, a Dominican policeman stationed in St. Kitts and Nevis. Shortly after his birth, his father was transferred back to Antigua. John graduated from the Government Teachers’ College in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and taught in Antigua before immigrating to the UK, where he worked as a teacher in north and east London. He later became the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) Head Teacher for Homerton House Boys Comprehensive School, Hackney, East London. John also received a Masters of Art (Econ. of Ed.) from the London University. John is an executive member of the London Compact –a Committee established by Prince Charles to improve the employment opportunities for Black and other socially disadvantaged young people. In March 2007, on the occasion of the Bicentenary Celebrations of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Hackney Museum, London, acquired two of his poems for their archives.

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Name: Ralph Prince

Books:

Deep in Paradise in  So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Ralph Prince is an Antiguan writer who lived for many years in the UK, where he worked as a journalist for the BBC. In Guyana, the birthplace of his wife, he worked as editor of the Demba Digest. He eventually returned to Antigua where he published his short story collection Jewels of the Sun in 1979. A literary journal, the Prince Literary Magazine was created in his honour after his death. He is the brother of artist Arnold Prince, musician Roland Prince, and writers Althea and John Prince.

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Name: Mary Geo Quinn

Photo by Laura Hall (@ 2006 Wad Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)

 

Selected Works:

Reflections. Macmillan Caribbean, 2003.

Sugar Mill Gems: A Book of Verse for Children. 1993.

Lest We Forget – Patriotic Poems. 1993.

Heart to Heart

A Stormy Tale

Winthorpean Echoes: A Collection of Poems

All of the Women of the Bible. 1976.

About the Author:

Mary Quinn has one several literary prizes locally and regionally over the years and remains a popular choice for local readings, especially those  involving children.

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Name: James H. Richmond

Books:

Reflections of Today. 1993

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Name: Althea Romeo-Mark

Selected Works:

If Only the Dust Would Settle. 2009. AuthorHouse.

Beyond Dream: The Ritual Dancer. Sabanoh Press, Liberia, 1989.

Two Faces; Two Phases. Speed-O-Graphics, Liberia. 1984.

Palaver: West Indian Poems. Downtown Poets Co-op, USA, 1978.

Shu-Shu Moko Jumbi: The Silent Dancing Spirit. Kent State University, USA, 1974.

About the Author:

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She considers herself a citizen of the world having lived and taught in Liberia, West Africa (1976 -1990), England (1990 -1991) and in Switzerland since 1991. She writes poems and short stories which attempt to capture the atmosphere and depict the ordinary people in countries she has lived. She wields two idioms – standard English to confront the modern world and dialect to explore the folkloric elements in her West Indian heritage.  She has been published in numerous international journals and has received awards from the Caribbean Writer, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers Conference; has represented Antigua and Barbuda at the International Poetry Festival of Medelin in Colombia, among many other activities in a rich literary career.

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Name: Taija Ryan

Books:

Choices and Third Time.  So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Taija’s maternal grandmother is from Antigua. This is her first published work.

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Name: Denise Smith-Lewis

Book: Emancipation Come. Worthy Productions. Antigua. 2014.

About the Book: This book is a compilation of the original works of the author Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis containing poems touching all aspects of liberation. It shares perspectives of the Caribbean family life: male/female relationships, social responsibility and the like.

About the Author: Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis is a repeat winner of the former Antigua and Barbudan Independence Literary Awards. This is her first poetry collection.

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Name: Glen Toussaint

Books:

C’est L’avi Mwen and Sky in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Born in Dominica, Glen lives in Antigua and works at the Best of Books where he runs projects like the Wadadli Pen Open Mic and weekly story time activities with the children.

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Name: Mansa Trotman

Books:

Raw Writing in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

Listen, Marrow, Sundays in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Space that Connects us. TSAR Publications. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

In The Space that Connects Us, Mansa Trotman treats her readers to an exquisite slice of heart renderings carefully crafted to create immediate empathy and spark a glow of feelings. The emotions run deep, the humour surfaces loud and clear, and soon one is over the hump of the rough road on which she drags your senses. At first, it may only be one hand clapping, but eventually, the joy at the capacity to speak life in the raw is contagious.

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

Mansa Trotman is a poet whose mother is from Antigua. Her first poems were published when she was  teenager in high school.

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Name: Beverly Watkins

Books:

Inna Me Twang. 1998.

 In our Path. 1997.

About the Book:

Inna Me Twang brings back old time days and old time sayings in a collection that invites you to read, laugh, and reflect. Nebba nebba foogat de Anteegans dat tark dialek. Dat a arwe culture, arwe heritage an arwe tarking. So na luk dong pan arwe becarse arwe tark bad.

About the Author:

The late Beverly Watkins, a graduate of Princess Margaret Secondary School, was a mother of six and a dress designer specializing in bridal wear, a preacher, and manager and producer of El Shaddai Promotions.

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Name: LCH Wescott

Selected Works:

The Garden of Life. 1999.

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Name: Amber Williams-King

Books:

Hennessy and Can we meet in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 [Edited by Dr. Althea Prince]. A Different Publisher, Canada, 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 is a collection of new writing by men and women from Antigua and Barbuda, wherever they reside.

About the Author:

In 2010, Amber Williams-King participated in the AMY (or Artists Mentoring Youth) project, helping to create  ‘Step Right Up’ which received 3/4 starts from Toronto’s NOW magazine. In 2011, she wrote a play: Love and its Dialects which ran in the Paprika Festival at Tarragon Theatre in Canada where she resides. In 2010, she received first-honourable mention in the Scarborough Arts Council’s inaugural Writer’s Month literary competition. Her poetry has been published in the anthology Holla! A Collection of Womenz Wordz.

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FICTION

Name: Barbara Arrindell.

Books:

Chasing Horses from The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

UntitledThe Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2012.

Antigua my Antigua [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2011.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

The stories in Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories are fictionalized retellings of actual events; and Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore in Antigua and former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee among other things.

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Name: Clinton U. Benjamin

 Book:

Belinda. Pentland Press. USA. 2000.

About the Book: Abandoned by her father, rejected by her mother and molested by her uncle, surviving young adulthood is a task in and of itself.  Belinda must find faith deep inside herself that there Is a life beyond the pain of present.

About the Author: Clinton U. Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua.  He works in telecommunications and speaks French, Spanish, German and Italian.  Benjamin also writes poetry.

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 Name: Brenda Lee Browne

Books:

Broken House Rules in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in New Writing: Poetry and Prose. Shoe String Press. England. 2001.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in The Hoot and Holler of the Owls: An Anthology of Writers from Hurston-Wright Writers Week. USA. 2003.

About the Book: (from my review in Blogger on Books II) “Brenda Lee Browne does a great job of capturing the rhythm of the island in her Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon and I was starting to get invested in the characters when the snippet ended.”

About the Author: Brenda Lee Browne was born in England to Antiguan parents; she lives in Antigua where she has mentored other young writers while continuing to work on her own and work behind the scenes of one of the Caribbean’s greatest past times, cricket. She is former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee.

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Name: Edson Buntin

Book: Anu Bantu: Treasure Island and Haunted Park. Antigua Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2007.

About the Author: Edson Buntin is a dramatist and was an instructor in French at the Antigua State College.

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Name: J. Carie Ann Burton

Book: Frigid Summer. 2012. 2014.

About the Book: Book Blurb: A single thoughtless act proves costly; the tragic event ruins the lives of many. A young girl’s innocence is stripped away during a brutal attack; in spite of this, she refuses to hide in the shadows.  She is determined to carry on with her life. Her mother carries a burden of guilt as she cares for her daughter; this is her redemption. The girl’s father is out for justice and is determined to get it by any means necessary. He vows to keep his promise to protect her; no matter the cost. As one family reunites another is torn apart.

About the author: J. (Judith) Carie-Ann Burton was born in Antigua. After completing her secondary education, she migrated to the United States; she now resides in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Management and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a Financial Analyst in the healthcare industry.

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Name: Frieda Cassin

Book: With Silent Thread (Caribbean Classics). G A Uphill. St. John’s. 1890./Macmillan (Caribbean Writers Series). UK. 2002.

About the Book: First published in Antigua in the 1890s, With Silent Tread is a superbly understated evocation of a claustrophobic island community struggling with the bitter legacies of slavery.

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Names:  Joy Clarke

Book: De Trip in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About both Book and Author: Antiguan Joy Clarke’s ‘De Trip’  was one of several Caribbean stories published in Macmillan’s 1973 anthology Backfire. This was a collection of seventeen Caribbean short stories compiled for use in secondary schools. It embraced old and new West Indian writing from the 1930’s up to the time of its publication.

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Name: Alvin Glen Edwards

Book: Once in an Island. Authorhouse. USA. 2011. *adapted from his 2009 film of the same name.

About the Book: The story is built around a Jamaican family who chose to leave Jamaica in search of a different life in another island; ‘a small island’ as it’s referred to by many Jamaicans in condescension. They face challenges generated by their new environment and issues having its genesis in their own island. It is a story about relationships in the pursuit of our greatest ambitions in life and plays on the national sentiments that exist between island nations in the Caribbean.

About the Author: Dr. Alvin G. Edwards is a medical doctor by profession, who has specialized in ophthalmology. He has always had a wide interest in the arts and has had formal training as an actor. He wrote a number of plays (unpublished) and acted on stage and in films. He played ‘Mr Benjamin’ in the television series ‘Paradise View.’ A native of the Caribbean, he has lived in St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Nassau, Nashville and New York while in pursuit of his profession. He first wrote the screen play for ‘Once in an Island’, then decided to write the book. He wanted to capture more of the lessons to be learnt from the story and to give the reader a chance to see themselves and Caribbean people in a realistic, revealing and self-reflecting light.

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Names: Oliver Flax

Books:

Tantie Gertrude in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

Jenkins Jumbies and Other Stories (Pikney Books for Caribbean Children). Key Caribbean Publications. USA. 1975.

The Adventures of Kikiboom (Yellow Bird Readers Series). Macmillan. UK. 1976.

About the Author: Oliver Wendell Flax passed from this life in 2013 in his adopted country of Trinidad and Tobago. Previously, he’d been a teacher, actor (with the Little Theatre Group), mas man (as an original member of Paragon mas troupe, later Dynamics), TV personality (as host of one of Antigua and Barbuda’s country’s first televised instructional programmes “Les Français Chez Vous”, human resources and public relations executive, and writer in Antigua and Barbuda. He made an impact in his adopted country as well, being characterized in local reports following his death as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most important HR professionals.

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Name: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis  

Books:

Missing (Lion Family Series). Leeward Publishing. Antigua. 2013.

The Road to Wadi Halfa. SPS Publications. Florida.  2008.

Tides that Bind.

A Bigger Island.

Island Issues. 2003.

About the Books:

Missing. Formerly from London in the UK, thirty-five year old Lennox Lion has spent ten years in the Sudan working in refugee camps. In 2011 as the north and the south split, the world awaits independence of the newest nation in the world, the Republic of South Sudan. As the south celebrates, the girl Lennox loves is abducted together with other aid workers. His journey to find her take him to the borders of the two Sudans and south to the Imatong massif bordering Uganda. This mountainous region with its tropical rainforests is home to notorious rebels whose vicious tactics rival the corruption rife in the UN and the military. Lennox and his quest to find Malika take the reader on a journey of thrills and suspense and for Lennox falling in love changes his views on his past and his future. This is the fourth book in the Lion family series.

The Road to Wadi Halfa is the sequel to Tides That Bind and continues the lives of the Lion brothers and their families. In 1998 London born Roosevelt Mohammed Lion is chairman of a property empire in the UK. While overseeing a hotel project in his father’s native island in the Caribbean he is kidnapped by Islamic extremists. Roosevelt struggles to survive life in a training camp and to understand the philosophy of his colleagues in the Sudan. He meets the Sudanese beauty, Allaya, on the road to Wadi Halfa. Will he learn to trust her or is she plotting her own agenda? Will Al Qaada succeed in their mission to avenge western missile attacks by bombing foreigners in Khartoum? Will Roosevelt be in a position to prevent such an atrocity? Lennox Lion sets out to find his father, but will he rot in jail?

Tides That Bind is an edited version of the first two novels in this popular three-part series. Will the Lion family survive to build a successful dynasty or will The Lion Property Empire fall apart when Chancellor dies and Roosevelt disappears?

About the Author: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis was born in the UK of Barbudan and Canadian parentage. She worked in the business sector of London for twenty years. She was also an activist and is widely travelled. Francis has lived for several years in the Caribbean, contributing, more recently, as feature writer and editor to The Food & Drink Series in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis; and also the series Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle distributed throughout the Leeward Islands.  She is also a contributor toTABLEMANNERS which went on to be awarded the prestigious GOURMAND award in Paris for the best designed cookbook in the world 2012.

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Name: Gayle Gonsalves

Book:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2013.

Jumbies don’t sleep in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

A Good Woman in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Tamarind Stew in The Bluelight Corner Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love. (edited by Rosemarie Robotham). Broadway. USA. 1998.

About the Books:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories features eight stories of discovery, betrayal, and passion. The stories depict the emotional turmoil that results from decisions: a little girl who migrates to Canada on a hot August day is flabbergasted to discover there’s no snow; a graphic designer leaves her husband each morning to meet her lover; an inconsolable heartbreak leads a woman to the brink of sanity as she desperately wanders city streets seeking answers in dark places; a young woman gives a touching eulogy to the woman who raised her; a wife is torn between her love for her husband and his brother; a college graduate moves across the country to keep a secret and recover from the lover who abandoned her, only to meet him again; a young woman experiences the joy of first love, its passionate awakening, and the moment when it’s questioned; and three women bond while shopping for dresses for their fictional weddings. In these stories, set in Canada and the Caribbean, the day-to-day incidents set the stage for events that impact and change lives.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women’s romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and memoir.

About the Author: Gayle Gonsalves spent her childhood in both Canada and Antigua. She holds a BA from York University, and lives and writes in Toronto.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

Amelia at Devil’s Bridge in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Peekash. USA/UK. 2014.

After Glow in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

 Sexy Sadie in For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (edited by Debra Powell-Wright). Black Classic Press  & MZWrightNow Productions. USA. 2012.

Man of her Dreams in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oh Gad! – Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2012.

The Boy from Willow Bend. 2009. Hansib. UK. (first printing 2003. Macmillan. Oxford).

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. 2004. Macmillan. Oxford.

About the Books:

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

For Women: in Tribute to Nina Simone was created by African American Debra Powell Wright in tribute to the great songstress and the spirit of one of her most iconic songs Four Women. It features women writing from around the world and was funded by the Leeway Foundation.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

Oh Gad! A stirring novel about a woman facing cross-cultural odds and redefining everything she understands about her family, herself, and the country she’s never really been able to call home.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Selena’s ex has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It’s hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. Then Selena meets Michael.

The Boy from Willow Bend tells the story of Vere, an Antiguan youth, with an irrepressible spirit which is tested as he comes of age amid poverty, loss, and hard knocks.

About the Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse is a writer from Ottos, Antigua. She is also the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. For more, visit http://jhohadli.wordpress.com

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Name: D. Gisele Isaac

Photo by Sonji Davis

Book:

The Rainmaker in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Considering Venus. Seaburn Publishing. NY. 1998. *See also screenwriting and playwriting.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

Considering Venus explores the almost-unacknowledged issue of lesbianism among Caribbean women and adds to it the complication of a heterosexual perspective.  It asks, “What happens when girlfriends becomes more than friends?”

About the Author: D. Gisele Isaac is the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Antigua and Barbuda, a former president of the Professional Organization of Women in Antigua and Barbuda, editor, activist, executive secretary of the Board of Education, and media commentator. She wrote Considering Venus while still living in New York where she was resident for many years.

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Name: Yvonne H. Pamela James

Book:

Glory Alley, Potter’s Village, Antigua & Barbuda in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Yvonne H. Pamela James, a retired teacher, was born in Potter’s Village, Antigua and Barbuda. She studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica to become a teacher. Before immigrating to Canada, she was placed in administrative positions at Jennings and Antigua Girls’ High School.

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Name: Akilah A. Jardine

Books:

Marisha’s Drama. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2007.

Living Life the Way I Love It. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2006.

About the Books:

Marisha’s Drama is the story of Marisha, a regular fun-loving teenage girl who is trying to balance the sometimes-opposing virtues of fun, friends, family and school. Then Devon comes along, and instantly they experience a mutual attraction for each other. He is a really nice guy, and she likes being around him. She would have never thought in a million years that meeting him would lend her to discover the startling secret that her own mother was hiding.
 
Living Life the Way I Love it is the story of Andrea, a typical modern day Caribbean teenager: she just wants to enjoy the life she’s living. This summer, she plans to do just that although she finds obstacles, such as an annoying younger brother and a clash of two romances, in her way. With the help of supportive friends, a fashion flavoured sister and her natural teenage spunk, Andrea manages to live through the ups and downs of school life and the adventures that the summer brings.
 
About the Author: Akilah Jardine wrote her pair of books while still in her teens. She has since gone on to pursue studies in law.

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Name: Tameka Jarvis-George

Book:

Unexpected. Enaz Publications. 2010. *See also poetry, songwriting, playwriting and screenwriting or the general listing of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.

About the Book: Free from the clutches of a six year relationship with a violent and serially unfaithful partner, Xion Taylor was finally in control of her life. Or was she? Xion, a 26-year-old Antiguan national, decided to take charge of her situation. Not wanting to waste any time being sad and pathetic, by putting up with what seemed like the typical Caribbean man mentality when it came to love, she began find her focus.

About the Author: Tameka is a married with two children. She lives in Antigua and works in the field of architecture.  She is , also, working on her second novel. In the interim, she has produced a short film, her own fashion line, and other writings.

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Name: Marie Elena John 

Book:

Unburnable. 2006. Amistad. USA.

Excerpt:

About the Book: Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons of her past.

About the Author: Marie Elena John was born and raised in Antigua. She has worked as a development specialist of the African Development Foundation and with the United Nations. She was the first black woman valedictorian of New York’s City College. She is married with two children. Her debut novel, Unburnable, was short listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, named Best Debut by Black Issues Book Review, among other accolades.

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Name: Jamaica Kincaid 

Books: *Kincaid’s books have enjoyed many printings; listed, in each case, is the first printing.

See Now Then. Farrar Straus and Giroux. USA. 2013.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (National Geographic Directions). National Geographic Society. 2005.

Talk Stories. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

Mr. Potter. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

My Garden (Book). Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2001.

My Brother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1997.

The Autobiography of My Mother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1996.

Lucy. Plume. NY. 1991.

A Small Place. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1988.

Annie John. Penguin Books. NY. 1985.

At the Bottom of the River. USA. 1983.

About the Books:

Seen Now Then is the first new novel from Jamaica Kincaid in ten years. In it, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas is part memoir and part travel journal of a trip into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden.

Talk Stories is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid’s original writing for the New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town,” composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983.

Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In My Garden (Book), Kincaid she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination.

My Brother is Jamaica Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew’s life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. In it, she speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.
My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

In The Autobiography of My Mother, Xuela Claudette Richardson, the daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. It is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman’s inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.

Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. She begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. Lucy is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest.

A Small Place is lyrical, sardonic, and forthright in its examination of colonialism and its effects on Antigua.

Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.

At the Bottom of the River is a short story collection that leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things–a house, a cup, a pen; telling us something we didn’t know, in a way we hadn’t expected.

About the Author:

Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua. She’s lived, written, and lectured in America for many years. She is easily the best known and most acclaimed writer from Antigua.

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Name: Edgar O. Lake

Book:

The Devil’s Bridge. 2004. Athena Pr Pub Co.

About the Book: Masquerading, migration and the ghosts of history haunt this richly-veined fable steeped in the myths and legends of West Indian and African tradition.

About the Author: Edgar Lake is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, journalist, and more.

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Name: Marcel Marshall

Books:

All that Glitters is Not Gold. Dorrance Publishing. 2008.

About the Book: All That Glitters Is Not Gold explores the significance of romance and sexuality in modern life through the journey of Te’Kare Hulford, a beautiful, successful, and very unhappy young journalist.

About the Author: Marcel Marshall was born, grew up and still resides in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. From an early age Marcel Marshall’s passions were reading and writing and vowed to become a published writer one day.

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Name: Kimolisa Mings

Books:

She wanted a Love Poem. 2014.

Martine. (independent e-publication). 2012.

About the Books:

She Wanted A Love Poem is a collection of poems with the common theme of love. But there is more to the four letter word than the intense affection between a man and a woman. There is the love between members of a family, there is forbidden love and loved tied up in the web of complexity. Like all things, there is a beginning and an end, and as easily as it is found, love is lost. Hopefully at the end of this collection of poems, you will comprehend the complexities behind the four letter world called love.

Martine Carter has the perfect life. She is a Junior Professor in the Foreign Language Dept. of a community college. She has a loving husband and two daughters who are a handful but the loves of her life, but Martine has a secret. A secret from her past has come looking for her and she now has to figure out how to make him a part of her life.

About the Author:

Kimolisa Mings was born in Antigua. She started writing poetry after she was encouraged to do so by her English teacher, Ms. Joseph. Although her body of work grew with the passing of years, it was only in 2005 that Kimolisa started to share her work at local open mic events. In 2008, she started a blog called Kim or Lisa, where one can find her older poems and her latest poems. In 2011, Kimolisa won the Independence Literary Award for Poetry in the adult division. In 2012, one of her poems was featured in “When A Woman Moans”, a local twist on the Vagina Monologues.

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Name: Motion

Books:

Locks and Love in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

*For more of her writing, see Poetry.

About the Books:

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author:

Motion is a prolific urban artist. Possessing charismatic agility in rap, songwriting, and poetry, this award-winning artist is a keen composer, and intense performer. Motion’s was the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued into the millennium when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem, “Connect the T.Dots.” Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings.

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Name: Jelani Nias

Books:

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Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly. Jeshiann Publishing/Store House Media. Canada. 2014.

The Return in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Bottles’ Hustle & Graduation in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly – Welcome to Warri, Wadad, where some of “God’s children” got real wings and the devil’s earthy brood brandish shotguns. But it’s hard to tell the good from the bad in this marvelous mash-up of action and fantasy. (George Elliot Clarke, from the book jacket).

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author: Jelani Nias is a Canadian based spoken word artiste and writer with Antiguan roots.

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Name: Dobrene E. O. Marde

Book:

Send out you hand

Send Out You Hand. Hansib. UK. 2012.

*For more of his writing go to the songwriting, and screenwriting and plays page.

About the Book: Send Out You Hand follows the intersecting lives of business men and women, socio-political activists and academics across the Caribbean as they attempt to chart a course to regional unity. The characters are examined around issues of love, sex, health, race and relocation as it relates to this tumultuous social and political climate. It takes place across six Caribbean countries, providing a galloping travelogue through the region.

About the Author: Dorbrene O’Marde is an Antiguan playwright and calypso song writer; also former publisher of Calypso Talk magazine. He is also an analyst-commentator in the media. O’Marde is at the forefront of the reparations lobby as president of Antigua and Barbuda’s government-appointed Reparations Support Commission.

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Name:  Althea Prince

Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited, contributor). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Editor, author – Push, They Buried her Mother Twice). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2009.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader [edited by Althea Prince with Susan Silva-Wayne with assistance from Christian Vernon]. Women’s Press. Canada. 2004.

Being Black. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Loving this Man. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Ladies of the Night and other stories. Sister Vision. Canada. [Reissued in 2005 by Insomniac Press]. 1998.

How the Starfish got to the Sea.  Sister Vision. Canada. 1992.

How the East Pond got its Flowers. Sister Vision. Canada. 1991.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. More than just a fashion statement, a Black woman’s choice of hairstyle can reflect her self-image, childhood experiences, and personal beliefs as well. Using interviews, memoirs, and personal essays, this book sensitively charts Black women’s journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society’s standards of beauty.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader brings together theory and practical application, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women’s social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism.

Being Black. Prince tackles the complacency she sees in some manifestations of Black Canadian culture — such as Toronto’s popular Caribana festival — as well as in white society’s attitudes towards Black culture, as revealed by Prince’s involvement with the notorious Writers’ Union of Canada-sponsored Writing Thru Race conference.

Loving this Man beautifully traces a woman’s struggle to negotiate the transition from life in the Caribbean to life in the concrete utopia of urban North America. It is about politics and class, but more than anything, about the mother-daughter bond that exists in these women’s lives.

Ladies of the Night and Other Stories. With women’s loves and lives as their focus, the stories contain dramatic twists and turns: some humorous, others shocking and disturbing, all leaving a haunting melody behind.

How the Starfish got to the Sea is a Caribbean story set in 1800s Antigua. It features characters like the elder Papa Biggis and the healer Mother Sillah. The story is about a star lost its ability to shine after falling to earth.

How the East Pond got its Flowers is also set in Antigua; it is the story of Mother Sillah and Tullah, a young girl destined to do great things despite being enslaved in colonial era Antigua

About the Author:

Award-winning author, Dr. Althea Prince was born in Antigua and has resided in Canada since the 1960s. She has taught Sociology, first at York University, and the University of Toronto; she now teaches at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Prince was Managing Editor of the publishing company, Canadian Scholars’ Press & Women’s Press. Her awards include, The Children’s Book Centre ‘Choice’ Award for her children’s book, How the Star Fish Got to the Sea. In 2007, she received the Antigua and Barbuda International Writers’ Festival First Annual Award for Literary Excellence.

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Name: Ralph Prince

Books:

Experience During the Eruption – 107 (Excerpted from novel, Fire Mountain) in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Sharlo’s New Bargain in The Sun’s Eye: West Indian Writing for New Readers (compiled by Anne Walmsley). Longman Group/Pearson Education/Lexicon/Carlong Publishers. Trinidad, Jamaica. UK. 1968, 1969, 1989, 2011 (29 editions in all).

Jewels of the Sun. 1979.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

This new edition of The Sun’s Eye brings one of the most widely-used and long-lasting anthologies to a new generation of young readers.The Sun’s Eye retains all its proven favorites, but almost half the stories and poems are new, selected from the past 20 years’ wealth of Caribbean writing. The Sun’s Eye again includes its unique feature ‘Notes about the Writers’, prepared by each author specially for this book. In addition, at the request of many teachers, there are now questions at the end of each piece of writing, to further the students’ understanding and appreciation and to encourage their creativity. The centre illustration on the cover and many inside, are by Caribbean artists.

Jewels of the Sun was a short story collection.

About the Author:

Born in 1923,  Ralph Prince lived in the U.K. for many years, working as a journalist for the BBC. Later, while resident in Guyana, he edited ‘The Demba Digest’, a publication of the Demba Bauxite Company. He later returned home to Antigua, where his pursuits included archeological research, before his death, of natural causes, in 1985.  Throughout his writing life, Prince, eldest brother of famed scribe Althea Prince, contributed to several anthologies, a dictionary of Caribbean language, and his short story collection, Jewels of the Sun. After his death, a literary journal, entitled ‘Prince Literary Journal’, was created in his honour.

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Name: Heidi Skerrit

Books:

Suffering in Silence in  So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Heidi Skerritt was born in Kent, England. The older child of Antiguan parents, she immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s with her family. Heidi lived and grew up in Ontario, where she acquired a love for the arts. In 1998, she emigrated to Antigua where she currently resides. She is a voracious reader, and founder of the Sistas with Books (Antigua) Book Club. She writes mostly in her spare time.

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Name: Elaine Spires

Books:

Holiday Reads: Seven Quirky Short Stories for your Sun Lounger. Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy). Amazon Digital Services/Elaine Spires. 2014.

Sweet Lady.  Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2013.

Singles’ Holiday. Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2012.

What’s Eating Me? Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2011.

About the Books:

Holiday Reads provides short stories for your sun-lounger – or wherever! Seven women, each with a different holiday problem. Meet, Olivia, who wishes she wasn’t on a tennis holiday; Estelle, alone on a cruise; Fiona who’s flying too close for comfort; Shelley, who shouldn’t have got involved with a foreigner; Alison who finds our her husband’s off on a cruise – but not with her!; Eloise who’s having a rotten time in Ibiza and Karla who’s desperate for her family holiday in Corfu to go well.

In Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy), a singles’ holiday to India’s Golden Triangle – Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting in Ranthambore, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi – all go to make up a trip that is hot, humid and spicy. Eve Mitchell, Travel Together’s tour manager extraordinaire has a couple of familiar faces in her little group of travelers and others that she hasn’t met before; sexy man-eating pensioners, a compulsive over-eater, a constant whiner and a man with a personal problem. And there’s a big surprise awaiting someone -and Eve – early one morning. By the end of the tour, which sees our group travelling by coach, rickshaw, train and elephant, she will know rather more about some of their innermost secrets than she’d like. But Eve deals with all the twists and turns the trip throws at her as we come to understand what makes people travel the world with a bunch of complete strangers and appreciate thesuccess that is a singles’ holiday.

In Sweet Lady, nothing is as it seems. When celebrity artist Eleanor and her daughter Victoria go to Antigua for some winter sun it is to charge their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition. But when beach-boy Tyrone walks into their lives things change for ever.

Singles’ Holiday. Antigua. . . the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful. . . silver sand, cobalt sky, warm turquoise sea. . . and a bunch of complete strangers, who only have one thing in common: they’re single. Some are looking for romance, some for something else. But they’ve all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon, some will become good friends, some enemies and some lovers. And many of them will experience things they never expected.

What’s Eating Me is the story of Eileen Holloway, an obese woman; single parent to two difficult teenage boys; struggling to run her department at work and trying hard to please her demanding mother. The only way she can keep all the plates spinning is by eating. Food has become her drug of choice. When she is chosen to appear on the reality TV show Barbara’s Beautiful Bodies, Eileen thinks that this is the solution she has been waiting for; that once she’s thin all her problems will be over. But she quickly discovers that losing weight so publically and her newly found “celebrity” bring their own problems.

About the Author:

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress.  Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. British born, Elaine spends her time between her homes in Westcliff-on-Sea and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

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Name: Leon Chaku Symister

Chaku reading at the Wadadli Pen Word Up! fundraiser in 2006. (Photo by Laura Hall)

Books:

From the Depths of My Naked Soul: Chaku Writes.  Caribbean Diaspora Press Inc., NY. 1999.

Under the Calabash Tree: Caribbean Short Stories. Caribbean Diaspora Press, Inc., NY. 2000.

About the Books:

Under the Calabash Tree was intended to give Caribbean children living outside the region an idea of what life was like in the islands not so long ago. It is a short story collection.

About the Author:

Leon Chaku Symister is the chairperson of the United Progressive Party and a practicing attorney. Symister was co-founder and artistic director of the local Third World Theatre Group during the 70s.He – see the playwriting and screenwriting page.

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Name: Ashfield Thomas

Books:

Brickdam. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

The Place of Music. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

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Name: Floree Williams

Books:

Through the Window. 2010. Create Space. America.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses. Seaburn. USA. 2008. (second printing)

About the Books:

Through the Window is the story of 23yr old Anya, a complex and often complicated woman who has to navigate through a maze of friendships, love, a dysfunctional family and finding love for herself. Anya’s journey is one filled with drama, betrayal, tears, laughter and the strength/weaknesses of relationships.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses is a collection of short stories chronicling the childhood and high school life of author Floree Williams. Pink teacups represents the childhood years where the author identifies strongly with girlhood and blue dresses represents the author’s high school uniform.

About the author:

Floree Willams born and raised on the island of Antigua is a young and upcoming author. She cherishes the little things in life that often go unnoticed like laughter and the beauty of the night sky. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.”

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Name: Andy E. Williams

Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

Anthology of Words [Ed]. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

About the Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction is a collection of lively stories from the rare perspective of a boy who has not only emigrated back to the islands in the reverse direction of so many other countrymen and women, but who also sees the world with eyes much more ancient than his own. The stories are adapted excerpts from the author’s upcoming novel Ghosts of Our Ancestors, which preserves the cadence and language of these shorter pieces, while drawing them out into a more sustained work of powerfully vivid and enduring imagery.

Anthology of Words is a book of poetry written by a working group of poets with roots in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Each author s poetry is preceded by a revealing and insightful commentary on their approach to it.

About the Author:

Andy E. Williams is a Toronto based writer and photographer of Antiguan heritage. Andy was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in New York, Antigua, and the Greater Toronto Area. Andy attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Physics before pursuing a career in the software industry, all the while with a latent interest in the arts. This latent interest eventually expressed itself in the books Anthology of Words, and In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction.

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CHILDREN’S FICTION

Name: Kishma Anthony

Book:

kishmaDylan’s Big Surprise at the Doctor [w/illustrator Sherri Molitor]. self-published. US Virgin Islands. 2013.

About the Book: This book chronicles the thought process of a precocious little boy named Dylan, who was terribly afraid of going to the doctor to get shots. There was a special nurse named Nurse Jennie, who always helped to calm Dylan’s fear about having to get a shot from the doctor. Nurse Jennie genuinely loved children, she played with puppets and made funny animated animal sounds, to help to distract children from the fear of having to get a shot from the doctor. The book also helps to emphasize the importance of nurses in healthcare and the pivotal role that they play in the lives of those they provide care for.

About the Author: Kishma Anthony was born in St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands to Antiguan parents. As a child, Kishma’s love for the arts developed as she participated in several plays as a part of her school’s Communication Arts Showcase program. She enjoys using the creativity of voice in bringing to life the characters in the children’s books that she reads. Her earlier work as a child care provider in the Atlanta area helped to foster the unequivocal love and admiration that she has for children. Kishma is currently working towards a Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Her past experience working with children and her current educational pursuit naturally led to writing a series of books for children that addresses medical concerns. In her spare time, she enjoys having fun, spending quality time with family and close friends, and writing more about Dylan and his experiences.

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Name: Zavian Archibald (illustrator)

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Book: Fish Outta Water [w/author Joanne C. Hillhouse]. Pearson. UK. 2013.

About the Book: Meet Dolphin, the Arctic seal. Dolphin loves hearing tales of the Caribbean, but how will he fare when he finds himself on his very own Caribbean adventure? Will he finally get to meet a real dolphin?

About the Illustrator: Zavian Archibald is an Antiguan and Barbudan visual arts teacher, and freelance illustrator and concept artist. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Name: Barbara Arrindell.

Books:

UntitledThe Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2012.

Antigua my Antigua [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2011.

About the Books: The stories in Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories are fictionalized retellings of actual events; and Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore in Antigua and former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee among other things.

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Name: Victoria Benjamin

Book: Island Girl. XLIBRIS. 2013.

About the Book: Growing up on the island of Antigua in the village of Swetes, with her brothers and sisters and relatives has left lots of memories in Victoria’s mind. Some of the memories are great and there are some that Victoria is uncomfortable with. She shares all in Island Girl.

About the Author: Dr. Victoria Benjamin is a Reading/Literacy Coach. She holds a bachelors degree in Sociology form Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. She also holds a masters degree in Elementary from the City College of New York and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota.

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Name: Deshawn J Browne

Book: The Little Rude Boys/Girls. 2010. Dr. Noel Howell (publisher). Antigua. ***

Name: Ashley Bryan (author and illustrator)

Ashley Bryan, third from left, with, left to right, Edward Albee, Nora Ephron, and Salman Rushdie – co-honourees at a New York Public Library event

Books:  

Can’t Scare Me! Atheneum. USA. 2013.

Who Built the Stable? – A Nativity Poem. Atheneum. USA. 2012.

I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals, Volume Two. Alazar Press. USA. 2012.

Walk together Children: African American Spirituals, Volume One. Alazar Press. USA. 2012.

 A Nativity Poem. All Things Bright and Beautiful [w/illustrator with Cecil F. Alexander]. Atheneum. USA. 2010.

Poems and Folktales (preloaded digital audio player). Findaway World. USA. 2010.

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song. Atheneum. USA. 2009.

Ashley Bryan: Poems and Folktales. Audio Bookshelf. USA. 2007.

My America [as illustrator w/Jan Spivey Gilchrist]. HarperCollins. USA. 2007.

Let it Shine. Atheneum. USA. 2007.

Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan [as illustrator w/Nikki Giovanni and Darwin Henderson]. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. USA. 2005.

A Nest Full of Stars: Poems [as illustrator w/James Berry]. Greenwillow Books. USA. 2004.

beautiful blackbirdBeautiful Blackbird (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner). Atheneum. USA. 2003.

All Night, All Day: A Children’s First Book of African American Spirituals. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing. USA. 2003.

Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African Poetry. Atheneum. USA. 2001.

Salting the Ocean: One Hundred Poems by Young Poets [illustrator w/ Naomi Shihab Nye]. Greenwillow Books. USA. 2000.

I, too, Sing America: 3 Centuries of African American Poetry [as editor and narrator w/Catherine Clinton and Renee Joshua-Porter]. Audio Bookshelf. USA. 2000.

How God Fix Jonah [as illustrator w/Lorenz Graham]. Boyds Mills Press. USA. 2000.

Why Leopard has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia (World Stories) [w/Margaret H. Lippert and Won-Ldy Paye]. Fulcrum Publishing. USA. 1999.

Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift [as illustrator w/Nikki Grimes]. HarperCollins. USA. 1999.

The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs. Atheneum. USA. 1999.

KingCarol of the Brown King [as illustrator w/Langston Hughes]. Atheneum. USA. 1998.

The House with No Door: African Riddle Poems [as illustrator w/Brian Swann]. HMH Books for Young Readers. USA. 1998.

Ashley Bryan’s African Tales, Uh-Huh. Atheneum. USA. 1998.

thesunisquietThe Sun is So Quiet. Henry Holt & Co. (BYR) [as illustrator w/Nikki Giovanni]. USA. 1996 & Square Fish. 2014.

What a Wonderful World [as illustrator w/George David Weiss and Bob Thiele]. Atheneum. USA. 1995.

The Story of the Three Kingdoms [as illustrator w/Walter Dean Myers]. HarperCollins. USA. 1995.

Ashley Bryan: Poems and Folktales. Audio Bookshelf. USA. 1994.

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks (audio cassette). Harcourt Brace and Company. USA. 1994.

Christmas Gif’ [as illustrator w/Joseph Rollins and Charlemae Rollins]. HarperCollins. USA. 1993.

The Story of Lightening and Thunder. Atheneum. USA. 1993. Aladdin. USA. 1999.

The Ox of the Wonderful Horns and other African Folktales. Atheneum. 1993.

Turtle Knows Your Name. Atheneum. USA. 1989. Aladdin. USA. 1993.

Sing to the Sun. HarperCollins. USA. 1992.

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: Heroes of the Bible in African-American Spirituals [as illustrator with John Langstaff]. Margaret K. McElderry Books. USA. 1991.

The Dancing Granny. Caedmon Audio Cassette. USA. 1989.

Pourquoi Tales: The Cat’s Purr, Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together, Fire Bringer. Houghton Mifflin School. USA. 1989.

What A Morning: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals [illustrator w/John Langstaff]. USA. Margaret K. McEldery Books. 1987. & Aladdin. 1996.

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: and Other African Poems. Aladdin Paperbacks, Simon & Schuster. USA. 1986. Aladdin. USA. 1996.

The Cat’s Purr. Atheneum. USA. 1985. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publication Co. USA. 1993.

I’m going to Sing (Black American Spirituals, Vol. 2). Atheneum. 1982.

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum. Atheneum. USA. 1980, 1987.

Jethro and the Jumbie [w/co-author Susan Cooper]. Atheneum. USA. 1979.

Jim Flying High [as illustrator w/Mari Evans].Doubleday. USA. 1979.

I Greet the Dawn: Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar [as illustrator and editor]. Atheneum. USA. 1978.

dancing grannyThe Dancing Granny. Rep ed. Aladdin, 1987; 1st Aladdin ed., 1980; Atheneum, 1977.

The Adventures of Aku. Atheneum. USA. 1976.

Walk Together Children. Marcel Dekker. USA. 1974.

Moon, for what do you wait? (Poems by Tagore) [as illustrator w/Rabindranath Tagore]. Atheneum. USA. 1967.

About the Books: *in progress

Can’t Scare Me! – A cautionary tale of fearlessness and many-headed monsters.

Who Built the Stable? – A Nativity Poem – Riding in an open Jeep across the plains of Africa, Bryan found himself comparing the terrain to Jerusalem, and the bumpy journey to that of Mary’s travel on a donkey. And he came up with a question: Who built the manger where Mary and Joseph found shelter? The answer is conveyed in this beautifully crafted picture book that envisions a young boy, a shepherd and carpenter both, who, out of love and kindness, cleared the way for another shepherd and carpenter to be born on Christmas day.

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song – Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted — finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched — keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted — continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten. Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner. As you might imagine, his story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It’s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!

My America – Ashley Bryan and Jan Spivey Gilchrist remind that America’s strength and beauty come from the diversity of its people, wildlife, and landscape.

Let it Shine – With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: “This Little Light of Mine,” “Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan -From “Acknowledgments,” by H. Nichols B. Clark:  “Anyone who has met Ashley Bryan will attest that their day has been immeasurably brightened by this encounter. He has touched young and old in so many ways, and his ability to get audiences to chant, stomp, and sing poetry is truly legendary. Ashley’s art is the embodiment of a gesamkunstwerk — where the image, the word, and the music of the word all come to the fore.”

A Nest Full of Stars: Poems – In A Nest Full of Stars, James Berry will take you on a memorable trip through all the startling, humorous, sad, happy, painful, and joyful experiences of growing up.

Beautiful Blackbird – Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings — markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan’s adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia reso-nates both with rhythm and the tale’s universal meanings — appreciating one’s heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork is a joy.

All Night, All Day: A Children’s First Book of African American Spirituals -Bryan has selected twenty best-known and best-loved African-American spirituals, including the title song, “All Night, All Day,” and such others as “This Little Light of Mine,” “O When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Glorious full-color pictures, piano accompaniment, and guitar chords help capture the spirit and essence of these timeless songs that can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.

Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African Poetry – Beautifully illustrated with his own tempera and gouache paintings, Ashley Bryan’s unique alphabet book will delight readers of any age.

Salting the Ocean: One Hundred Poems by Young Poets -There are 100 poems in this book by 100 poets who wrote their poems when they were in grades one through twelve. These poets are not famous. You have not read their poems before. These poets live anywhere. They are now dentists and dancers and teachers and students and construction workers. They write with fire. They could be you.

I, too, Sing America: 3 Centuries of African American Poetry – From the first known African American poet, Lucy Terry, to recent poet laureate Rita Dove, I, TOO, SING AMERICA captures the enormous talent and passion of black writers. This powerful and diverse, this unique collection spans three centuries of poetry in America as poets bare their souls, speak their minds, trace their roots, and proclaim their dreams in the thirty-six poems compiled here. The voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Dubois, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others, create an energetic blend of tone and tempo, ardor and awe. From lamentations to celebrations, these poems reveal the ironies of black America, juxtaposing themes of resistance and reconciliation, hope and despair. Each poem is further illuminated with notes, a brief biography of the poet, and stunning visual interpretations.

How God Fix Jonah -”Utterly delightful” is how writer Zora Neal Hurston described this classic book when it was first published in 1946. Long out of print, Lorenz Graham’s beautiful collection of Bible stories, told in the idiom of West Africa, is available again in an expanded edition newly illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

Why Leopard has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia (World Stories) -Discover why Leopard has spots, and what happens when Mrs. Chicken meets a hungry crocodile. These and other Dan tales are engagingly retold with dramatic black-and-white linoleum prints.

Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift -Thirteen interrelated poems and as many radiant illustrations create not only a celebration of the ancient art of weaving but a joyful exploration of how love and hard work can mesh separate threads–or separate people–into a harmonious whole.

The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs – Ashley Bryan says, “My mother had a proverb for any situation, attitude, or event.” Having grown up with proverbs, it was no surprise to Mr. Bryan when he began reading African literature to find African proverbs along with African stories. Each proverb here is credited to a specific tribe, yet, as Ashley Bryan explains, most were known in other tribes as well, and are true for people everywhere. This is a book to treasure for its rich universal wisdom and its gloriously evocative illustrations.

Carol of the Brown King – The ways of telling about the very first Christmas are as many and as varied as the stars in the sky. And so it was for Harlem Renaissance literary star Langston Hughes, who recounted those long-ago events in six different ways — in live poems he wrote and in one he translated from the Spanish. In this memorable book, these six poems are simply and movingly illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

The House with No Door: African Riddle Poems – The succinct poetic images in this delightful and often moving collection have been gathered from various African sources by Brian Swann, a preeminent scholar, poet, and collector of riddles from around the globe. Warm and colorful paintings by renowned author-illustrator Ashley Bryan make this book a treasure. There are twenty-two poetic visions to ponder in this noteworthy collection.

Ashley Bryan’s African Tales, Uh-Huh -The fourteen stories in this collection are some of his favorites, previously published in The Ox of the Wonderful Horns; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum (Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration); and Lion and the Ostrich Chicks (Coretta Scott King Honor Book). Retold with rich, musical narration, and illustrated with Mr. Bryan’s distinctive paintings, these tales are full of fun and magic and a few lessons to be learned. They are tales of tricksters, chieftains, and both wise and foolish creatures. You will learn why Frog and Snake never play together, or why Bush Cow and Elephant are bad friends, or of the problems that a husband has because he likes to count spoonfuls. Although the stories come from many parts of Africa, they are full of the universal human spirit, to be shared and treasured for every generation, uh-huh.

The Sun is So Quiet – The quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoeing through strawberry patches, licking chocolaty fingers, snuggling under covers, and many other wonderful childhood moments. Ashley Bryan’s warmest, most colorful illustrations make each page look like a bright, beaming smile.Together, they have created a collection that you can linger over like a peppermint candy cane or enjoy as quickly as a snowflake melts on your nose.

What a Wonderful World – What simpler way could there be to express to children the beauty and the harmony in the world around them than through the lyrics of this song by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, made famous by the great Louis Armstrong? And what better visual accompaniment than the bright colorful artwork by award-winning Ashley Bryan depicting children of many backgrounds (and Louis Armstrong himself) performing a puppet show that brings the lyrics to life. Here is a book of brightness, wonder, and hope to be shared by all.

The Story of the Three Kingdoms – An original fable about the People, who—through the power of their storytelling—came to live at peace with Elephant, Shark, and Hawk, rulers of the Earth, the Sea, and the Air. Bryan’s swirling pictures in bright colors add liveliness.

Christmas Gif’ - The importance of Christmas in African-American life is affirmed in an anthology of poetry and prose by such writers as Harlem Renaissance stars Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston; rereleased with forty-five linoleum block illustrations.

The Story of Lightening and Thunder – In this retelling of a West African tale, Ma Sheep Thunder and her impetuous son Ram Lightning are forced to leave their home on Earth because of the trouble Ram causes.

The Ox of the Wonderful Horns and other African Folktales - “Five lively stories which make delightful reading-aloud. Style and plot provide all kinds of histrionic opportunities for the reader, making it as much fun for him as the listener”.–Publishers Weekly.

Sing to the Sun – Ashley Bryan’s his first book of original poetry; 23 poems and dazzling pictures that speak to the heart and the soul.

Turtle knows Your Name – A young village boy living in the Caribbean has one problem–his name is so long that not one person can remember it. He thinks it is the longest name in the world, until his grandmother asks him to find out her name.

What A Morning: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals – Five exuberant spirituals, pictured in strong, brilliantly colored paintings, tell the Christmas story chronologically. The music includes simple arrangements for singing and piano and guitar chords. Full-color illustrations

Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Poems – Four folktales from different parts of Africa include the title  story, in which a clever mongoose outwits a foolish lion while rescuing  six ostrich chicks. Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

The Cat’s Purr – Cat and Rat are friends, but when Rat tricks Cat and plays the cat drum, which only cats may play, Cat ends up swallowing the drum, and that is how he got his purr.

I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals, Volume Two – Readers will recognize such popular favorites as “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Each song is accompanied by linocut illustrations.

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum – Five traditional Nigerian tales include Hen And Frog, Why Bush Cow And Elephant Are Bad Friends, The Husband Who Counted The Spoonfuls, Why Frog And Snake Never Play Together, and How Animals Got Their Tails.

Jethro and the Jumbie – Angry at his brother for not taking him deep-sea fishing, Jethro stomps off, meets a jumbie, and enlists its help in changing his brother’s mind.

Jim Flying High – A proud flying fish named Jim is rescued from a tree by Olukun, the Chief of the Water.

I Greet the Dawn: Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar – A brief biography of the poet (born in 1872 and  one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition) precedes a collection of his works, most in standard English rather than dialect, with such themes as love, hate, death, nature, and religion.

The Dancing Granny – Spider Ananse gets Granny started dancing so he can raid her garden, but his own trick does him in.

The Adventures of Aku – When sent to retrieve their master’s magic ring from Spider Ananse, Okra the cat and Okraman the dog prove their true worth.

About the author: Ashley Bryan was born in NY to Antiguan parents, grew up during the Depression, served in World War II, and has won numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King award for illustration, six Coretta Scott King Honours, the Arbuthnot Prize, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The former Fulbright scholar has also lectured, and lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

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In the meantime, check out My article on Meeting Ashley Bryan.

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Name: Jolyon Byerly 

Books:Shadows on the Moon: A Lizard and Bungle Adventure [w/illustrator Katie Shears]. Macmillan. UK.1998.

About the Book: On an island in the Caribbean Sea lives a lizard with an amazing tail. One day while he’s out adventuring with his good friend, the Bungle Bird, a strange object flashes through the sky. What can it be?

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Name: Rachel Collis 

Book: rachelcollisEmerald Isle of Adventure. Surge. USA. 2008.

About the Book: Part travelogue, part action-adventure, this debut novel is about Michael and his sister Tammy who travel reluctantly with their mother to Montserrat, where she plans to remarry.  When their soon-to-be new family member enchants one sibling, the other sibling is filled with bitterness. It’s a long road to becoming a family and an even longer road to embracing his new home and culture.

About the Author: Poet and short fiction writer Rachel Collis lives in Antigua in the West Indies where she works as an analyst for the Ministry of Tourism. As a former teacher and a tourism planner, Collis first began telling the story of Michael and Tammy in weekly installments in the local newspaper to entertain young persons whose activities were curtailed by the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano on Montserrat in 1995. Collis is also a recording artist who released her first CD album of calypsos and ballads entitled “My Montserrat” in 2000.

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Name: Melinda Fletcher

Books: The Dancing Pyjamas.  AuthorHouse. USA. 2012.

About the Book: The book ‘The Dancing Pyjamas’, was created by Melinda Fletcher to put a friend’s son Dillon to bed. His inability to settle down made her think of a possibility that it may not have been him at all but the pyjamas. Eventually, having formulated the story, she would tell it to him at bed time. She has since told modified versions of ‘The Dancing Pyjamas’ to countless children, all of whom ask for it over and over again.

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Name: Carol Faye George

Mari Warner series of environmentally themed comic books e.g. Mari Warner and Recycling (all self-published by the author)

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Name: Shannon Gilligan

ghost islandBook: Ghost Island (Choose Your Own Adventure Series)* (with illustrator Keith Newton). 2008. Chooseco.

About the Book: You are on a sailing trip with your family. One night you stop on the island of Antigua. Some children who live there tell you that the island is haunted by a ghost. Are you brave enough for Ghost Island?

About the Author: Shannon Gilligan is a writer and interactive game designer. In 2003, Shannon formed Chooseco with R. A. Montgomery to re-launch Choose Your Own Adventure to new generations of readers. She lives in Vermont.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books: CoverFish Outta Water [w/ illustrator Zavian Archibald]. Pearson. UK. 2013.

About the Book:   Meet Dolphin, the Arctic seal. Dolphin loves hearing tales of the Caribbean, but how will he fare when he finds himself on his very own Caribbean adventure? Will he finally get to meet a real dolphin?

About the Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse, born in Ottos Antigua, is also the author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad! Fish Outta Water is her first children’s picture book.

For more visit the fiction pages and/or http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Joanne C. Hillhouse is the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and the resident blogger at Wadadli Pen.

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Name: S. E. James

Books

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Forest Fever. Carlong Publishers. Jamaica. 2014.

[w/ illustrator Lyndell Benjamin]:

Kidnapped at the Beach.  Sharon Publications. Antigua. 2003.

A Narrow Escape. Sharon Publications. Antigua. 2003.

Tragedy on Emerald Island. Sharon Publications. Antigua.Antigua. 2002.

About the Books: 

Forest Fever - Jerry from the Caribbean island of Dominica was on his first class trip into the forest at Boiling Lake. Disaster struck when they got caught in a storm and Jerry lost his way in the darkness and fell into a hole. He
woke up weak and sick in a secluded village far up in the mountains. He wondered if he was a victim of Forest Fever. He realized that some of the men who had rescued him from death, thought that he had been sent to spy on them. He would not be allowed to leave. In desperation he decided to fi nd a way to escape, even if he had to travel through the treacherous mountains. Would he make it?

Tragedy on Emerald Island, A Narrow Escape, Kidnapped at the Beach – The saga begins in Tragedy on Emerald Island when the Soufriere Hills volcano on Montserrat, long dormant, wakes up after hundreds of years. Jamie’s life was torn apart. His parents decided to stay in Montserrat but to send the children and their grandmother, to live with an aunt on the neighbouring island of Antigua. In Antigua, though, there was more trouble brewing, as a hurricane blew in. In A Narrow Escape, the boys get trapped in the unsafe zone of the volcano plagued island. Kidnapped at the Beach picks up with Jamie recovering from burns received in book two, and witness to a series of odd incidents which lands him in the cross hairs of a band of criminals. Captured and thrown into a cell where his only cell mate is a rat, does he have any hope of escape?

About the Author: Sharon James, born in Dominica of Antiguan parents, is a Human Resources Development Manager.  She writes fiction primarily for children between the ages of 8 and 12 and all of her books are based in the Caribbean.

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Name: Omari Jeremiah

Books [with illustrator Bernie Rollins]:

Paperboy 4. 2007. 

Paperboy 3: The School of Doom. 2006. 

Paperboy II: Overwhelming Odds. 2005. Morton Books. New Jersey.

Paperboy. 2004. Morton Books. New Jersey.

About the Books and Author: The Paperboy series is a children’s book actually written by a child.  Omari, New York born but of Antiguan descent, wrote the first book when he was only 12. Paperboy is the story of an ordinary 11-year-old boy (Michael Wood) who becomes a superhero (Paperboy), by defending other students and standing up to bullies.

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Name: Iris Josiah

Books:

Tiny Rabbit cover5Tiny Bird (Tiny Island Stories). Tiny Island Press. UK. 2012.

Tiny Goat  (Tiny Island Stories). Tiny Island Press. UK. 2012.

Tiny Hen (Tiny Island Stories). Tiny Island Press. UK. 2012.

Tiny Rabbit cover2Tiny Pig (Tiny Island Stories). Tiny Island Press. UK. 2012.

Tiny Rabbit (Tiny Island Stories). Tiny Island Press. UK. 2012.

About the Books: On Tiny Island, far, far away lived Tiny Rabbit, Tiny Pig, Tiny Goat, Tiny Bird, Tiny Hen and many other tiny animals.  A series of fun stories with bright, lively and colourful narrative that feed the imagination of young children.  This beautifully told and illustrated story about Tiny Bird is ideal for the home, primary schools, libraries, playgroups, nurseries and bedtime reading.

About the Author: Iris was born in Antigua and Barbuda where she grew up in a tiny village on the south side of the island. As a child, she tended to the village’s animals and would often be seen helping her grandmother hoe and plough the land.  At the age of twelve, Iris immigrated to the United Kingdom where she attended secondary school.  A graduate in Philosophy of the London University with a Post- Graduate Certificate in Education from Greenwich University, her first job was a play leader in which she worked with primary school and younger children.  It was then that she wrote Tiny Rabbit and Tiny Pig; others would follow in the years to come. Iris has taught English for many years and has given her time generously to public service.

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Name: Sara Louise Kras 

Book:

Antigua and Barbuda (Cultures of the World). Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. Singapore. 2008.

About the Book: The highly regarded Cultures of the World series celebrates the diversity of other cultures. An abundance of vibrant photographs stimulate the imaginations of young readers as they travel the globe.

About the Author: Sara Louise Kras was born in Washington, where she spent a childhood exploring and reading books. She turned her love of reading and adventure to writing after years travelling abroad as an adult. Her first published book was Giant Lizards and she has published 28 books since, continuing to travel for for research and fun.

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Name: Alscess Lewis-Brown.

Books: moko3Moko Jumbi Majorette (with illustrators Wayne Bully Peterson and Cynthia Hattfield). Little Bell Caribbean. USVI. 2013.

Moko2Promise of the Pomegranate (Book Two of the Moko Jumbie Majorette Series) (with illustrators Wayne Bully Peterson and Cynthia Hattfield). Little Bell Caribbean. USVI. 2012.

moko 1Moko Jumbi Dreams (with illustrators Wayne Bully Peterson and Cynthia Hattfield). Little Bell Caribbean. USVI. 2012.

Efa and the Mosquito. (with illustrator Cynthia Hattfield). Little Bell Caribbean. USVI. 2010.

Tamarind Bear’s Dream. USVI. 1985.

About the Books: Moko Jumbi Majorette is the tale of Lexi who continues to work towards her goal of becoming the first ever moko jumbi majorette in the Carnival parade. In this third and final installment of the Moko Jumbi Majorette series, Lexi must face the challenge of believing in herself, even when not everyone else does. Promise of the Pomegranate (book two of the Moko Jumbi Majorette series) finds 10-year-old Lexi finds herself closer to her dream when her brother agrees to teach her the hard moves needed to become a Moko Jumbi Majorette; however, life becomes a roller coaster for our young heroine as she learns that getting what you want comes with a price.  Moko Jumbi Dreams is the story of Lexi who dreams of being a majorette in the Carnival parade; and not just a usual majorette but a majorette on stilts, a moko jumbi. Efa and the Mosquito is the story of Efa who one day rescues a smart, fast talking mosquito trapped in a net. For her kindness she is granted a wish…and so her adventure begins. It is the story of a curious girl, her music loving family, a very special mosquito, and their unforgettable adventure together.

About the Author: Alscess Lewis-Brown was born in Antigua and educated in the USVI. A life long educator, she has taught in Japan, Antigua and the USVI where she has also served as a board member of the esteemed Caribbean Writer literary journal. She is a part time instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands in addition to being a human resources professional, mother, and grandmother.

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Name: Edison Liburd (illustrator)

Books: Best of Books Colouring Book-1Antigua My Antigua[w/author Barbara Arrindell]. Antigua. 2011.

Balloons [w/with author Dr. John Calvin Alberty]. Alberty. USA. 1999.

About the Books: Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Illustrator: Edison Liburd is an Antiguan artist well known for the vibrancy and fluidity of his pieces.

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Name: Amos Morrill

Book: augusta andAugusta and Elliott. Island Nation Press LLC/Turtles Too Limited. 2007.

About both Book and Author: A charming, richly illustrated book about Augusta and Elliott’s efforts to keep the ocean clean. Written and illustrated by Amos Morrill, a native New Yorker, who has lived for most of his life in the Leeward Islands. An interior designer who has also created fabrics and furnishings, Amos brings his unique sense of whimsy to this simply written message for children of all ages: to cherish and protect our natural resources.

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Name:  Dr.Althea Prince (as Althea Trotman)

Books:

how the starfishHow the Starfish got to the Sea [with illustrations by Sasso]. 1992. Sister Vision. Canada.

how the east pondHow the East Pond got its Flowers. 1991. Sister Vision. Canada.

About the Books: How the Starfish got to the Sea is a Caribbean story set in 1800s Antigua. It features characters like the elder Papa Biggis and the healer Mother Sillah. The story is about a star lost its ability to shine after falling to earth. How the East Pond got its Flowers is also set in Antigua; it is the story of Mother Sillah and Tullah, a young girl destined to do great things despite being enslaved in colonial era Antigua.

For her non-children titles, visit the Antiguan and Barbudan writers, fiction writers, and non fiction writers lists.

About the Author: Antiguan born, Canada-based, Althea Prince is the award winning author of several books, making her one of the most prolific and profound authors coming out of Antigua and Barbuda. She’s also been an educator, publisher, editor and mentor to several Antiguan writers. In 2007, she received the first Antigua and Barbuda International Writers’ Festival Award for Literary Excellence.

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Name: Jenny Stow

Book: the house that jack builtThe House that Jack Built. Frances Lincoln. 2009.

About both Book and Author: Author and illustrator Jenny Stow, who has lived in Antigua, brings a fresh take to the timeless tale of “the dog that worried the cat” and “the rat that ate the malt” in Jack’s house with paint, ink, and crayon collage technique using sponges and rollers that renders the lush vegetation, bright colors, and blazing skies of the Caribbean as the perfect setting for this irresistible rhyme. The book was shortlisted for the shortlisted for The State of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award. According to Publishers Weekly “a Caribbean setting adds zest to a well-known verse in this effervescent picture book. All the familiar characters – the rat, cat and dog and the cow with the crumpled horn – are here, refreshingly depicted against cerulean blue skies, golden sands and an abundance of lush vegetation…Each of the rhyme’s characters, however incongruous, appears perfectly at home in its surroundings.” The School Library Journal wrote, “Stow depicts the list of characters and creatures enumerated in recognizable fashion; however, by relocating the entourage, she establishes a certain ethnic orientation in the interpretation that acknowledges the chant’s universality…  Stow evokes the warmth, vitality, and texture of island culture. Despite the several other worthwhile versions of this rhyme currently in print, this fresh look deserves a place on most picture book shelves.”

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Name: Calesia Thibou

Book: cadrielCadriel and Jadiel: A Day at the Beach [with illustrator Gail M. Nelson]. Steuben Press, Second Edition 2010.

About the Author: Calesia Thibou was born on the beautiful Island of Antigua were she stills lives with her husband and daughter. Calesia enjoys writing poems and short stories. She also enjoys going to the beach with her family. She wrote this book in order that she may share her love for the beach and reading with others.

About the Book: The warmth of the Caribbean sea awaits you as you read the pages of this picturesque story. Come along with Cadriel and Jadiel – two lovable children – as they explore the beautiful Fort James Beach and enjoy the sights around them. Go on a Caribbean vacation as you read the pages of this book.

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Name: Stacey Towle Morgan

Books: Adventure in the Caribbean [with illustrator Pamela Querin]. Bethany House Publishers. 1996. USA.

About the Book: In Adventure in the Caribbean, Hope and Annie take a trip to sunny Antigua in the West Indies. There, the sisters make a new friend a young Antiguan girl named Zoe. When Zoe and the girls discover a hidden map, they set out on an exciting search for treasure. Will they find it before the Browns have to go home?

About the Author: Stacy Towle Morgan has been writing ever since she was eight, when she set up a typewriter in the closet of the room she shared with her sister. She is a graduate of Cedarville College and Western Kentucky University and has written numerous feature articles and several books for children.  Morgan and her husband, Michael, make their home in Indiana.

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Name:

Name: Elizabeth Abbott* 

Books:

A History of Marriage. Penguin. Canada. 2010 & Seven Stories Press. USA. 2011.

Sugar: A Bittersweet History. Penguin. 2008. & Canada & Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2011.

A History of Mistresses. Haper Flamingo. Canada. 2003, 2010. & Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2010.

A History of Celibacy. Scribner. 2000.

Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy. 1988. McGraw-Hill. USA & (and revised and updated as Haiti: A Shattered Nation). Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2011.

All Heart: Notes on the Life of Dr. Maude Elizabeth Abbott, M.D., Pioneer Woman Doctor and Cardiologist. 1997.

Tropical Obsession: A Universal Tragedy in Four Acts Set in Haiti. Edition Deschamps. Haiti. 1986.

About the Books**:

Sugar: A Bittersweet History tells the extraordinary, dramatic and thought-provoking story of this most commonplace of products from its very origins to the present day.  Elizabeth Abbott examines how and in what quantities we still consume sugar; its role in the crisis of obesity and diabetes; how its cultivation continues to affect the environment; and how coerced labour continues in so many sugar-producing nations. Richly detailed, impeccably researched and thoroughly compelling, “Sugar” is a comprehensive social history of a substance that has revolutionised the way we eat, and poignant testimony to the suffering endured in the name of satisfying the world’s sweet tooth.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Abbott is a writer and historian with a special interest in women’s issues, social justice for all and sugarcane-cutters in particular, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Her book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. She has written for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, The Gazette (Montreal), Quill & Quire, London Free Press, La Presse and La Gazette du Golfe (Benin), and for Equinox and Harrowsmith magazines. She is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She is a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto and of PEN Canada.

*Abbott is a Canadian with family roots in Antigua. **Abbott’s list of books is quite extensive, the ‘About’ section is limited to the book inspired in part by her Antiguan heritage.

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Name: June Ambrose

Books:

Effortless Style (w/illustrator Aimee Levy and contributor Richard Buskin). Simon Spotlight Enterainment. USA. 2006.

About the Books:

In Effortless Style, June Ambrose, the celebrity fashion stylist and designer who’s shaped the looks of some of the biggest names in entertainment — including Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Kelly Ripa, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey — reveals the industry secrets that can help anyone exude genuine star power, regardless of body type or budget.

About the Author:

June Ambrose is a celebrity fashion stylist/designer. She has appeared on national shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Extreme Makeover, and on VH1 and MTV. June also owns the full-service styling firm Modé Squad, Inc. She lives in New York City.

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Name: Alexis Andrews

Books:

Vanishing Ways (Volume I: Sailing on the last Carriacou Sloops). Indian Creek Books. 2008.

Genesis. (Volume II: Building a Traditional Carriacou Sloop). Indian Creek Books. 2008.

Images. Indian Creek Books. 2007.

About the Books:

Vanishing Ways & Genesis are 10″ X 10″ 130 pages each. Photography from a ten year project by veteran marine photographer Alexis Andrews who sailed, fished, raced and eventually built a boat on the beach with the men of Windward, Carriacou.

Images is a 12″X 12″ coffee table photography book- 180 pages of blazing colour and black & white images taken over a 20 year period showcasing nature, culture, beaches, places & yachting.

About the Author:

Andrews is originally from Greece. He trained in advertising and photography in Europe and America; and sailed in to Antigua in 1986.

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Name: Sue Appleby

Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family (w/illustrator Deborah Eckert). Books Express Publishing. 2013.     

About the Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family – “In this closely observed and carefully crafted story of the Hammer family in nineteenth-century Cornwall, Sue Appleby explores the life of a Cornish tenant farmer, his wives, and offspring. Drawing upon the rich material of her own family history, she investigates the varying fortunes of her great-grandfather, Philip Hammer of Porthpean, near St Austell, and in so doing brings alive the social history of nineteenth-century Cornwall – including the extraordinary Cornish diaspora which scattered Philip’s sons and daughters as far afield as Australia and South Africa. The tale of one family, it is also the story of Cornwall itself. Appleby tells it with passion and penetrating insight – an important addition to our understanding of Cornwall’s fascinating world-wide heritage.” – Professor Philip Payton, Director, Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

About the Author: Cornish ancestors on her mother’s side of the family and childhood vacations spent in Cornwall gave Sue Appleby an early interest in Cornish history. With a Master’s Degree in Information and Library Management, she has spent most of her adult working life in the Caribbean working for various international, regional and national organisations. Married to Bernie Evan-Wong, she has two daughters, Meiling and Sarah and lives in Antigua. “The Hammers of Towan: a Nineteenth -Century Cornish family is her first book. She is currently researching the contribution made by Cornish people in the Caribbean: the miners in the copper mines of Cuba and Virgin Gorda; the captains and crews of the Falmouth Packet Mail service to the West Indies; colonial governors; wealthy planters; navy and army personnel stationed in the Caribbean; pirates and buccaneers. This research will form the basis for her next book “The Cornish in the Caribbean.”

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Name: Theodore Archibald

Books:

Marriage: God’s Wonderful Gift of Love. CSS Publishing Company. USA. 2000.

The Winding Path to America. CSS Publishing Company. USA. 1996.

About the Books:

Marriage: God’s Wonderful Gift of Love explores the spiritual roots of marriage, documented with biblical history and relating the joys of a marriage lasting for 49 years.

The Winding Path to America is an autobiographical tale profiling the author’s life journey, from his birth into a deeply spiritual family on the Caribbean island of Antigua, to London, and finally to his ascent to success in the U.S.

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Names: Milton Benjamin (w/Susan Lowes and Riva Berleant-Schiller).

Book:

Antigua and Barbuda (World Bibliographical Series). ABC-Clio. USA. 1995.

About the Book:

A comprehensive reference for locating information about Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Lester Bird

Books:

Antigua Vision – Caribbean Reality: Perspectives of Prime Minister Lester Bryant Bird. Hansib. London. 2002.

About the Book:

Covering a range of topics crucial to the Caribbean’s economic, social and political development, Antigua Vision looks at: the struggle to build a single Caribbean nation and maintain a place in international politics; the Caribbean’s cautious relationship with the US; and the importance of cricket to the West Indian psyche, among other issues. A comprehensive study for anyone interested in Caribbean affairs.

About the Author:

Lester Bird is a former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and son of national hero V. C. Bird Sr.

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Name: Nicola Bird

Books:

The Boomerang Effect: How You Can Take Charge of Your Life. iuniverse. 2011.

About the Book:

In this guidebook, you’ll discover how to deal with the unavoidable and unpredictable obstacles; battle insecurities that impede personal growth; and manage the fighter, hider, and runner within.

About the Author:

Bird is a psychotherapist living in Toronto, Canada.

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Name: Mitzie Buckley (w/Emeric Simonkovic)

Buckley signing books

Books:

Who we Were – Fibrey: The Rope Walk. Siboney Publications. 2005.

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Name: Paul Buhle

Books:

Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical’s Story. University Press of Mississippi. 2006.

About the Book:

Tim Hector (1942-2002) played many roles—political philosopher, educator, literary and music critic, cricket administrator, political leader, and newspaper editor. Best known for his editorship of the newspaper Outlet and his cofounding of the Afro-Caribbean Liberation Movement, Hector struggled for the independence of his native island Antigua. As a disciple of C. L. R. James, he was one of the Pan-African movement’s most vital figures, and his regular column “Fan the Flame” in Outlet was followed avidly throughout the Caribbean. His insights into regional history, politics, cricket, and literature were eagerly awaited. Biographer Paul Buhle traces Hector’s intellectual development and explores how the editor-activist’s political philosophy evolved from an early island nationalism and militant Marxism into an embrace of democratic self-determination and of political union in a future Caribbean nation.

About the Author:

Paul Buhle, the authorized biographer of C. L. R. James, is a senior lecturer in history and American civilization at Brown University. A prize-winning author-editor and frequent contributor to the Nation, the Village Voice, TIKKUN, and the San Francisco Chronicle, he has published twenty-eight previous volumes including The Life and Work of C. L. R. James, Encyclopedia of the American Left, C. L. R. James’s Caribbean, four other biographies, and five volumes on the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist.

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Name: Marilyn Chiddick-Hodge

Books:

Positive Living Volume 1.

About the Book:

In this, her first publication, designed for all ages, Marilyn Chiddick-Hodge addresses the decline in values, morals and family relationships through some 30 thought-provoking articles. Positive Living Volume 1 presents positive answers to the many perplexing problems of life.

About the Author:

Marilyn Chiddick Hodge is the daughter of Mr. Alfred Chiddick (deceased) and Mrs. Edna Chiddick of Greenbay. She holds a Masters Degree in Education specialising in Guidance and Counselling from Bristol University in the United Kingdom and a Masters of Science Degree specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from BSY  in the United Kingdom. She has taught in the education sector both in Antigua and Anguilla for some 28 years. She is currently the Correctional Services Counsellor at the Department of Probation in Anguilla. She owns and operates a private counselling service known as the Wellness Centre. She is  the producer of the radio programme Positive Living which is airs daily on Radio Anguilla, http://www.radioaxa.com and writes a weekly column in the local newspaper known as The Anguillian.

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Name: Chante U. Codrington

Books:

Why we are…Where we are…Who we are!: Empowering Ourselves through hardwork and education.  iUniverse.com. USA. 2009.

About the Book:

Why We Are… Where We Are… Who We Are…! is a book written by Chante’ Codrington who was only twenty years of age and still a sophomore in college when he did so.

About the Author:

Chanté Codrington was born in Houston, Texas, but, had the wonderful privilege of being raised in the Caribbean on the island of Antigua. After he graduated from high school, he moved back to Houston to finish his studies and embark on a journey full of uncertain and endless possibilities.

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Name: Cush David

Kush DaVid Photo by Laura Hall (@ the 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)

Books:

The Dynamics of an Artistic Patriot: A Biography of Reginald Samuel. 3rd-Eye-Publications. Antigua. 2006.

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Name: Gregson Davis

Books:

Parthenope, The Interplay of Ideas in Vergilian Bucolic. Brill. 2012.

A Companion to Horace (editor). John Wiley and Sons. 2010.

Aimé Césaire.  Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 1997.

Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse. University of California Press. Berkeley/Los Angeles/ Oxford. 1991.

Non-Vicious Circle: Twenty Poems of Aimé Césaire (translation, introduction, commentary). Stanford University Press. Stanford, Ca. 1984.

The Death of Procris: “Amor” and the Hunt in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Edizioni dell’ Ateneo. Rome, Italy. 1983.

Antigua Black: Portrait of an Island People (w/ photographer Margo Davis). Scrimshaw Press. San Francisco. 1973.

About the Book:

Parthenope is the study of the ‘Eclogues’ focussing on Vergil’s exploration of issues relating to the subject of human happiness (‘eudaimonia’) – ideas that were the subject of robust debate in contemporary philosophical schools.

A Companion to Horace features a collection of commissioned interpretive essays by leading scholars in the field of Latin literature covering the entire generic range of works produced by Horace.

Aimé Césaire is the best known poet in the French Caribbean. In this study Gregson Davis examines Césaire’s extraordinary dual career as writer and elected politician. Gregson Davis’s account of Césaire’s intellectual growth is grounded in a careful reading of the poetry, prose and drama that illustrates the full range and depth of his literary achievement.

Horace’s Odes have a surface translucency that belies their rhetorical sophistication. Gregson Davis brings together recent trends in the study of Augustan poetry and critical theory and deftly applies them to individual poems. Exploring four rhetorical strategies—what he calls modes of assimilation, authentication, consolation, and praise and dispraise—Davis produces enlightening, new interpretations of this classic work.

About the Author:

Gregson Davis is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

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Name: Kortright Davis

Books:

Compassionate Love and Ebony Grace: Christian Altruism and People of Colour. University Press of America. 2012.

Cross and Crown in Barbados: Caribbean Political Religion in the Late 19th Century. Wipf and Stock Publishers. USA.  2011.

Emancipation Still Comin’: Explorations in Caribbean Emancipatory Theology. Wipf and Stock Publishers. USA.  2008. (first published 1990).

Serving with Power. Paulist Press. USA. 1999.

In Praise of Congregations: Leadership in the Local Church Today (w/Charles E. Bennison, Adair T. Lumis, and Paula D. Nesbitt). Cowley Publications. 1999.

Can God Save the Church?: Living Faith – While Keeping Doubt. Holdale Press. USA. 1994.

African Creative Expressions of the Divine. Howard University Press. 1991.

Mission for Change: Caribbean Development as Theological Enterprise. Peter Lang Publishing Incorporated. 1982.

Moving into Freedom. Cedar P., Barbados. 1980.

A Theological Interpretation of the Development Programme of the Caribbean Conference of Churches between 1971 and 1977. British Library, Document Supply Centre. 1979.

Church and Society in Barbados, 1870 – 1890. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. 1976.

About the Book:

Why is the Golden Rule so central in almost every culture and religion? What is it that drives human beings to do good to others? Are altruism, compassion, and forgiveness natural forms of human behavior, or do they have to be learned and practiced in the neural context of our primal instincts for survival and self-defense? These are some of the questions that lie behind the study of Compassionate Love amongst people of color. Davis explores the patterns and contours of “other-love,” which he defines as a selfless regard for the well-being of others. He also examines the basis for distinctive modes of compassionate behavior enriched by “ebony grace” — a theological attribution for people of African descent. This text focuses especially on the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that inspires and empowers such attitudes, in spite of constant encounters with systemic negation, social alienation, and unrelenting racism.

Cross and Crown in Barbados explores Caribbean society during the late 19th century, a time when it was controlled by the local plantocracy and the colonial administration of the Europeans. The life-blood of the society, the Black labouring classes, reaped very little of the social and economic benefits from the Sugar industry. The Church was also controlled by the planter-class, and it functioned effectively to sustain a pattern of rigid social containment, and to work consistently for the maintenance of the status quo. Political religion in Barbados was therefore an engine of social control of the poor Blacks by the rich Whites. Cross and Crown together created peace and poverty.

Emancipation Still Comin’ explores the role of theology, particularly theories of liberation theology, in Caribbean socioeconomic development.

In Serving with Power, prominent theologian Kortright Davis shouts a wake-up call to all Christian ministers, both ordained and lay, of every denomination. With apostolic intensity, he challenges traditional concepts of leadership and service and proposes radical new approaches to restore the vigor to ministry in this post-modern age.

Re In Praise of Congregations: The insights of congregational studies to clergy, church leaders, and churchgoers of all denominations endeavoring to understand, inspire, and lead the local church.

About the Author:

D.H. Kortright Davis, Ph.D., is professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity. He is also the Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in the District of Columbia. In addition to serving as a consultant to several other ecclesiastical bodies, Anglican dioceses, and academic institutions, he is a member of the Faith & Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Dr. Davis was trained for the Anglican priesthood at Codrington College in Barbados, by the Community of the Resurrection. He was ordained deacon in 1965, and priest in 1966 in the Diocese of Antigua, West Indies.

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Name: R. G. Dingwall

Books:

The Sacking of Antigua. 

Falmouth and Great George Fort.

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Name: Brian Dyde

Books:

A West Indian Romance: A True Story of Love and Seafaring in the Caribbean. Paradise Press. 2012.

A to Z of Caribbean Heritage. Macmillan. UK. 2011.

History for CSEC Examinations: Emanipation to Emigration (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2008.

History for CSEC Examinations: Amerindians to Africans (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2008.

St. Kitts: Cradle of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 2007.

Out of the Crowded Vagueness: A History of the Islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. Macmillan. UK. 2005.

Caribbean Certificate History: Decolonization and Development (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2003, 2009.

Where the Sea had an Ending: A Caribbean Travel Miscellany. Macmillan. UK. 2007.

A History of Antigua, The Unsuspected Isle. Macmillan. UK. 2000; Interlink Pub., 2003.

The Empty Sleeve: the Story of the West India Regiments of the British Army. Hansib. UK. 1997.

Antigua and Barbuda: the Heart of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1995.

Caribbean Companion: the A to Z Reference. Macmillan.  UK. 1992.

Islands to the Windward: Five Gems of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1987.

Antigua and Barbuda: The Heart of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1986.

About the Books:

A West Indian Romance is the autobiography of an English naval officer and the young Antiguan woman he met while captain of a ship sent to carry out survey work in the Caribbean in the 1970′s.

The A-Z of the Caribbean is intended to complement the individual country books of the Macmillan-Caribbean A-Zs series. It is designed as a comprehensive and engaging reference guide to the cultural, social, political, economic, geographic, natural and historic heritage of the entire region, and amongst the entries are many which describe and attempt to evaluate important institutions, personalities and historical events. In addition to all the English-, French-, Spanish- and Dutch-speaking West Indies, the book also covers the countries with which these islands have close cultural, economic and historic ties: Guyane, Suriname, Guyana, Belize, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Bermuda.

History for CSEC(R) Examinations will prove indispensable to anyone teaching or studying the history of the region.  The series, comprising three books, tells in a straightforward and stimulating way the story of the people of many races and of many nations who have inhabited the region from the earliest times up to the present day.  Book 1: Amerindians to Africans Book 1 deals with the events that took place from the first human settlement of the region in prehistoric times to the end of the eighteenth century.  Emphasis is placed on the effect of the forced introduction of Africans to the region. Book 3: Decolonisation and Development deals with the constitutional, political, economic and social developments that took place in the region throughout the twentieth century.

Brian Dyde’s association with St Kitts began in 1973 while in the Royal Navy carrying out work for the production of new charts of the Leeward Islands. This is his third book in the Island Guide series, and is illustrated by some of his own photographs. Between 1987 and 1995 he and his wife, who is an Antiguan, lived in Montserrat but were forced to leave because of the volcanic activity.

Re Out of the Crowded Vagueness: The Islands of St Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla all have a common history. Anguilla was made a ward of St Kitts in 1825, and Nevis was united with St Kitts and Anguilla under a single administration in 1882. Brian Dyde has been familiar with all three islands for many years.

Where the Sea had an Ending is an original and very entertaining view of the Caribbean written by a man who has known and loved the West Indies for nearly fifty years. The beguiling nature of the West Indies is seen through his eyes as well as those of dozens of other writers, including travellers, historians, soldiers, explorers and naturalists.

A History of Antigua, The Unsuspected Isle has been described as the first comprehensive history of Antigua to be written since the middle of the 19th century.

Encyclopaedic in its coverage of all things Caribbean, The Caribbean Companion: the A to Z Reference acts as a reference work. It deals mainly with people – the politicians, activists, writers, poets, artists, sportsmen and musicians – who have helped to shape the character of the Caribbean countries and it deals with places – not only describing the land masses and towns, but also the reefs, depths, channels and currents of the Caribbean sea. Native plants and animals are also included as are the legends and heroes of West Indian folklore.

Antigua and Barbuda: the Heart of the Caribbean covers the qualities that makes Antigua and Barbuda a top tourist destination, including top-class hotels, beaches and a range of sights and activities to suit all tastes. The reader is also introduced to the Antiguan people themselves, their history and culture.

About the Author:

Following a career in the Royal Navy, during which while serving in the Caribbean he met his Antiguan wife, Brian Dyde became a full-time writer in 1985. Since then he has written many books about the West Indies, including island guides and histories, a travel anthology and school textbooks.

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Name: Deborah Eckert

Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family (w/author Sue Appleby). Books Express Publishing. 2013.     

About the Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family – “In this closely observed and carefully crafted story of the Hammer family in nineteenth-century Cornwall, Sue Appleby explores the life of a Cornish tenant farmer, his wives, and offspring. Drawing upon the rich material of her own family history, she investigates the varying fortunes of her great-grandfather, Philip Hammer of Porthpean, near St Austell, and in so doing brings alive the social history of nineteenth-century Cornwall – including the extraordinary Cornish diaspora which scattered Philip’s sons and daughters as far afield as Australia and South Africa. The tale of one family, it is also the story of Cornwall itself. Appleby tells it with passion and penetrating insight – an important addition to our understanding of Cornwall’s fascinating world-wide heritage.” – Professor Philip Payton, Director, Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

About the illustrator:

Deborah Eckert grew up in a military family that came to feel at home anywhere they were posted, relishing whatever they could learn and experience from other people and lands.  This love of diversity and nature has stayed with her throughout her life.  She taught school in places as far-flung as Tanzania, Nepal, Cyprus and Antigua.  Now settled in Antigua, she works to promote tolerance through art, education and music.

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Name: Charles Ephraim

Books:

How to become your own Person: An ABC of Effective Reasoning.

The Pathology of Eurocentrism: The Burdens and Responsibilities of Being Black. Africa World Press. USA. 2003.

About the Books:

This book argues that racism is a symptom of a devastating pathology, ressentiment. The phenomenon of ressentiment, diagnosed as a self-poisoning of the mind arising from the European’s sense of weakness and self-inferiority, was brought to philosophical consciousness by Friedrich Nietzche and given sociological currency by the German phenomenologist, Max Scheler. Ephraim argues that it is also revealed as pathology in Freud’s cultural analyses and in the rationalist interpretation of philosophy of history, particularly Hegel’s version. Tracing the philosophical roots of this pathology to the metaphysics of Plato, which was the first explicit attempt to mark a clear distinction between “superior” and “inferior” forms of reality, the author illustrates how ressentiment manifested its pathological roots in hardened ideology and practice of racism over time. Finally, Ephraim argues that the burden and responsibility of being black in this Eurocentrically conceived world consist, in part, in unlearning the lessons of black inferiority, in attaining self-knowledge by way of coming to terms with the true history of Africa and Africans and in teaching this history to the non-black world, which has to a large extent been infected by the illusion of a universal European value paradigm.
 
About the Author:
Charles Wm. Ephraim (deceased) earned his Ph.D in philosophy from Yale University in 1979, as a distinguished Ford Fellow specializing in the sub-field of existential phenomenology. He has taught at Yale, State University of New York at Purchase, and most recently, at Mercy College as an associate professor of philosophy and religion. He’s taught as well at the Antigua State College and was host of a talk show on radio ZDK.

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Name: Melanie Etherington

Books:

The Antigua and Barbuda Companion. Macmillan. UK. 2002.

About the Book:

With its captivating text and vibrant pictures, The Antigua and Barbuda Companion illuminates the sights, sounds, and smells that make this twin-island state such an appealing vacation destination. This detailed and comprehensive book offers pre-departure travel tips, historical background, information and tips about popular activities, lodging, dining, as well as a listing of events and holidays. It includes the author’s expert advice on must-see sites and how to get the most out of a short trip. Helpful maps and stunning color photography punctuate the indepth text.

About the Author:

Melanie Etherington, originally from England, has lived in Antigua and Barbuda for over 20 years. She is part-owner/director of the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour.

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Name: David U. Farquhar

Books:

Missions and Society in the Leeward Islands, 1810 – 1850: An Ecclesiastical and Social Analysis. Mt. Prospect Press. 1999.

Caribbean Adventures: Extracts from Missionary Journals (editor). Mt. Prospect Press. 1993.

The Church and the Social Order in the British West Indies, 1700 to 1850. 1961.

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Name: Moira Fergusen

Books:

A Human Necklace: the African Diaspora and Paule Marshall’s Fiction. State University of New York Press. 2013.

The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself: Revised Edition (editor w/Mary Prince). University of Michigan Press. 1998.

Jamaica Kincaid: Where the Land Meets the Body. University of Virginia Press. 1994.

The Hart Sisters – Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals (editor w/Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites). University of Nebraska Press. USA. 1993.

Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jamaica Kincaid: East Caribbean Connections. Columbia University Press. 1993.

Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1832. Routledge. 1992.

About the Books:

Mary Prince was the first black British woman to escape from slavery and publish a record of her experiences. In this unique document, Mary Prince vividly recalls her life as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape to London in 1828. First published in London and Edinburgh in 1831, and well into its third edition that year, The History of Mary Prince inflamed public opinion and created political havoc. Never before had the sufferings and indignities of enslavement been seen through the eyes of a woman–a woman struggling for freedom in the face of great odds. In this revised and expanded edition , Ferguson has added new material, based on her extensive research in Bermuda and London. The book includes new details of Mary Prince’s experiences as a freewoman in England, the transcripts of several libel cases brought against her, and the reactions of British society, as seen in prominent periodicals of the day, against the original publication of The History of Mary Prince. This new material brings greater depth and detail and serves to more fully illustrate and contextualize the life of this remarkable woman.

About the Hart Sisters: Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the “free colored” community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson’s introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.

As a writer who has been quoted as saying she writes to save her life- that is she couldn’t write, she would be a revolutionary- Antiguan novelist Jamaica Kincaid translates this passion into searing, exhilarating prose. Her weaving of history, autobiography, fiction, and polemic has won her a large readership. In this first book-length study of her work, Moira Ferguson examines all of Kincaid’s writing up to 1992, focusing especially on their entwinement of personal and political identity. In doing so, she draws a parallel between the dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship in Kincaid’s fiction and the more political relationship of the colonizer and the colonized. Ferguson calls this effect the “doubled mother”- a conception of motherhood as both colonial and biological.

About Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jamaica Kincaid: East Caribbean Connections: Against the historical background of slavery and colonialism, this study investigates how white and Afro-Caribbean women writers have responded to feminist, abolitionist and post-emancipationist issues. It aims to reveal a relationship between colonial exploitation and female sexual oppression.

Subject to Others charts the emergence of a colonial discourse in the anti-slavery writing of white British women over two centuries, and analyzes the customarily unheard of and invisible resistances of slaves that resound in every text. Moira Ferguson argues that these women gendered abolitionist arguments by forcing a reevaluation of such familiar anti-slavery thematics as family love, separation, and sexual abuse. She theorizes that this intersection of a feminist impulse with anti-slavery agitation helped secure political self-empowerment for white women while doing fundamental damage to future race relations in Britain. Strong in research and argument, Subject to Others offers a fresh interpretation of abolitionist literary and cultural history.
 
About the Author:

Moira Ferguson is a British born writer and the James E. Ryan Chair in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is only a selected bibliography of her books, specific to ones relevant to Antigua and the Caribbean.

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Name: Nikolas Fuller

Book: The History of Salvage in Antigua. Antigua. 2010.

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Name: David Barry Gaspar

Book:

Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master Slave Relations in Antigua. John Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture, 1985; Duke University Press. 1993.

About the Book:

Originally published in 1985, and available for the first time in paperback, Bondmen & Rebels provides a pioneering study of slave resistance in the Americas. Using the large-scale Antigua slave conspiracy of 1736 as a window into that society, David Barry Gaspar explores the deeper interactive character of the relation between slave resistance and white control.

About the Author:

David Barry Gaspar is Professor of History at Duke University.

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Name: Mary Gleadall

Book: An Antiguan Trading Company – Geo W. Bennett, Bryson & Co. Ltd. 2012.

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Name: Gilly Gobinet

Books:

Caribbean Christmas. Macmillan Heinemann ELT. 2008.

The Cool Caribbean Book of the Top 20 Places in Antigua. Antigua. 2008.

The Cool Caribbean Book of Hot Spices, Luscious Fruit and Heady Herbs. (w/Dr. Anthony Richards and Gilly Gobinet). Antigua. 2007.

The Cool Caribbean Cocktail Book. Antigua. 2007.

The Cool Caribbean Cookery Book. Antigua. 2007.

Village Life: Short Stories (illustrator w/Timothy Payne). Sun Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2003.

About the Author:

Gobinet originally from the UK is both an artist/illustrator and writer.

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Name: H. Akia Gore

Books:

Garrote: The Illusion of Social Equality and Political Justice in the United States Virgin Islands.  Wadadli Press. 2009.

About the Book:

An historical accounting of the struggles by Eastern Caribbean nationals to achieve social, economic and political equality in the United States Virgin Islands.

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Name: Donna Goring

Books:

Dancing in the Dining Room, Antigua West Indies. Authorhouse. Canada. 2004.

About the Book:

Dancing in the Dining Room, Antigua West Indies is the story of one couple’s dream to move to a tiny island in the Caribbean. The story starts with why the author fell in love with Antigua over all the other islands she had visited. It highlights the obstacles and hard work involved when after twenty vacations to their favourite island Donna Goring and her husband Brian move to Antigua to enjoy island life. Once there, she provides an insight into day today life and her views on island life. They encounter many challenges, heartbreak and as they found out it’s not always paradise.

About the Author:

Canadian Donna Goring traveled to Antigua for twenty vacations during which time she wrote travel articles for newspapers and promoted the island at every opportunity. She became a supporter of an on-line newsgroup trying to help the first time traveller pick just the right resort, go the best restaurant ormaybe find that special beach. After finally moving to her favourite island, she wrote emails home describing life and their latest adventures to family andfriends. They in turn encouraged her to write a book so that others could share her story. She lives in Canada.

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Name: Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites

Books:

The Hart Sisters – Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals (edited by Moira Fergusen). University of Nebraska Press. USA. 1993.

About the Books:

This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson’s introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.

About the Authors:

Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the “free colored” community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers.

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Name: Tim Hector

Works:

Fan the Flame CD collection. 2003.

Note: A book, Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical’s Story (2006. University Press of Mississippi. USA) was written by American, Paul Buhle. See the ‘B’ section of this list.

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Name: Paget Henry

Selected Books:

Shouldering Antigua and Barbuda: The Life of V. C. Bird. Hansib. UK. 2009.

Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy. Routledge. USA. 2000.

Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua. Transaction Books. USA. 1985.

About the Books:

Re Caliban’s Reason: Paget introduces the general reader to Afro-Caribbean philosophy in this ground-breaking work. Since Afro-Caribbean thought is inherently hybrid in nature, he traces the roots of this discourse in traditional African thought and in the Christian and Enlightenment traditions of Western Europe.

About the Author:

Paget Henry is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University. He is co- editor of Newer Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy and Development (1983) and C.L.R. James’ Caribbean (1992).  Dr. Henry is also the editor of the CLR James Journal and the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books (the latter has been publishe d annually since 2008 and includes reviews of books by various Antiguan and Barbudan writers)

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Name: Basil C. Hill

Books:

The Golden Fleece Found. Trafford Publishing. 2006.

About the Book:

The Golden Fleece Found allows doctrines held sacrosanct to be vetted against a true “spirit level.”  The most often asked, yet unanswered questions from over 100 countries are addressed in meticulous details.

About the Author:

Tired of the nightly terror attacks called “Nightmares and Night Terrors,” the writer decided to open his eyes during one such encounter.  To understand what he had seen, he visited all manner of strange places and read every type of mystical and religious book available, searching for answers.  His theory then was that there were either two spiritual worlds, or one spiritual world inhabited by at least two opposing groups. Frustrated with the lack of understanding of spiritual matters after twenty years of digging, the writer visited a Benny Hinn crusade as a cynical reporter and skeptic.  An unusual supernatural experience, a trip to Israel, and an encounter similar to what Saul experienced on the road to Damascus brought the sought-after answers and much more. At one of Israel’s ancient holy sites, a bright light knocked him down and began a conversation.  The writer asked: “Why me?  I am tired of games, half-truths and esoteric riddles.  If you are who I perceive that you are, please tell me why there is so much confusion among your children?  Are we all in endless cycles of lies and delusions?” This response came from within a bright light: “Here Son, receive these keys to my ancient schematic that had been published a long time ago.  In it you will see that I had foreseen all of the shortcomings of my flocks.  That is why I have decreed that all have erred and come short.  Those who postulate that they do not err, I want you to highlight all of their errors.  Do not compromise my word:  I chasten those that I love.” The writer retorted: “How will men know that you have sent me?” The reply: “In the outer pillars of the Temple of Solomon I have published two names.  To those two human pillars I have given letters of restoration.  Translate the names: Jachin and Boaz.”

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Name: Emile Hill

Books:

The Angels Project. 2011.

About the Book:

The product of a 7 year long project was introduced to the Antiguan public. Emile Hill’s Angels Project is an artist’s photographic exploration into the unseen world of angels. Much research and dedication have led to a study into different world views on angels and their functions. All captured through the eyes of an artist.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

A Saint in Everyday Clothes in A letter for My Mother (edited by Nina Foxx). Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2014.

About the Book:

A Letter for My Mother. Whether they’re from the US, Caribbean, India, or the UK, all of the contributors to A Letter for My Mother share one thing in common: thoughts that have been left unsaid to their mothers and mother figures—until now. In this moving book, thirty-three women reveal the stories, reflections, confessions, and revelations they’ve kept to themselves for years and have finally put into words.

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Name: Sylvester Hovey

Books:

Letters from the West Indies. Gould & Newman. NY. 1838.

About the Book:

Covers Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and St. Croix during the apprenticeship period (or in the case of Antigua which did not go through an apprenticeship period, during the post slavery period).

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Name: Albert E. Hughes

Books:

Paradise Commander. CreateSpace. 2012.

About the Book:

In 1977, the British were in final stages, shutting down the last Caribbean island colonies of their 350 year empire.  That year I took command of Antigua Air Station.  We flew right into a never-to-be-repeated time of conversion for West Indies cultures. We were there in the last days, participating first hand in the public life of a proto-nation as Antiguans struggled with the meaning of liberation and consequent responsibility; struggled to find their Spirit of Unity.   Paradise Commander sets the stage and reveals, chapter by chapter, the steady unfolding of radical change; political and cultural conversion for the island peoples and religious conversion for the author.    In the Associated State of Antigua and Barbuda, the meek were about to inherit the earth.

About the Author:

Lt Colonel Hughes, (USAF retired) holds an M.S. (with distinction) in Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an M.M. in Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University (Jesuit) and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  He taught adults for 25 years as a Catholic catechist and retreat master.

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Name: Jose Humphreys

Books:

A Guide to Caribbean Herbs. 2008.

Dr. J’s Guide to Home Remedies. 2008.

A Passion for Words 3 – Trails Through My Garden. 2008.

A Passion for Words 2 – Mischievous Joe. 2000.

A Passion for Words 1.1999.

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Name: Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst

Books:

Vere Cornwall Bird: When Power Failed to Corrupt. 2012.

Luther George: The Barack Obama of Antigua and Barbuda. 2010.

Democracy by Diplomacy. 2007. AuthorHouse.

About the Books:

How could tiny states possibly compel changes in US foreign policy? A former Ambassador to the UN, the USA and the OAS answers this question in Democracy by Diplomacy.

About the Author:

Ambassador Lionel A. Hurst has served 15 cumulative years as Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, to the Organizationof American States, and to the United States of America. He is an American-trained lawyer, specializing in international law. He also earned an MBA before law school, specializing in international business; and, he earned an undergraduate degree in international politics at the City University of New York. As a diplomat from a small state, he was instrumental in shaping foreign policy, not only of his country, but of the larger Caribbean region of fourteen states known collectively as CARICOM. Ambassador Hurst was born in Antigua and Barbuda in 1950 when it was still a colony of Britain, and participated in the reshaping of his state and region during the heady years of the 1960s. He writes songs for calypso singers, speeches which he delivers to university audiences and multilateral bodies, and newspaper articles. He is also the host of a well-listened to radio talk-show called Fire and Steel. He is the father of eight children.

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Name: The International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda

Books:

From Market to Table Volume II. Cookbook Publishers, USA. 2002.

From Market to Table: A Collection of Favourite Recipes compiled from Members and Friends of the American Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda. Cookbook Publishers, USA. 1991.

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Name: Cortroy W. M. Jarvis

Books:

Lighting the Fire: A Book About Relationships. 2007.

The Biblical Leader as Bridge Builder. 2000.

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Name: Hensworth W. C. Jonas

Book: Dancing with Idolatry: are You bowing to a False God. Xulanpress.com. USA. 2009.

About the Book: Idol worshippers today may be of the primitive kind or a little more sophisticated. Some are church members, but their true allegiance is not to the God of the Bible. We can be very creative in deifying what we value the most. We make idols out of anything. Our idols can be ideas, achievements, past times, entertainment, possessions, personalities, and even our own selves. These are worshipped when they become the supreme objects of our devotion, attention, spending, conversation, and relationships. A saving and abiding intimacy with Jesus Christ is the antidote to this poison. “…It is the natural desire for our hearts to be mirrors into which we look and worship ourselves.” Pastor Jonas shows how these mirrors of self must be broken by the truth…” -Don Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky “…Dr. Jonas’ piercing call for reformation and the removal of idols comes not a moment too soon…Dancing with Idolatry will make you “Amen!”…then soberly reflect on your own heart and devotion to God.” -Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cayman Islands “John Calvin refers to the human heart as an idol factory…Hensworth Jonas encourages us to take a close look at this dangerous reality…pull down the idols that already exist there and guard against the manufacture of any more.” -Tom Ascol, Executive Director, Founder’s Ministries

About the author: Hensworth W.C. Jonas, D.Min., has ministered in Antigua & Barbuda as pastor of Central Baptist Church since 1985. He is Executive Director of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission, an agency focused on church planting, educational, radio and television ministries. Dr. Jonas also serves as Presiding Elder of the Baptist Circuit of Churches in Antigua and principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). He and his wife, Vandah, have two children: Joshua and Stephanie.

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Name: Gulliver Johnson and Janie Conley-Johnson

Books: Table Manners: A Culinary Review of Hospitality in Antigua and Barbuda. Leeward Consultants & Associates Ltd. Antigua. 2011.

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Name: Lanaghan, Mrs.

Books:

Antigua and the Antiguans Vols. I & II: A Full Account of the Colony and Its Inhabitants From the Time of the Caribs to the Present Day, Interspersed with Anecdotes and Legends. Also, an Impartial View of Slavery and the Free Labour Systems; the Statistics of the Island, and Biographical Notices of the Principal Families. 1844; Reissued by Biddles of Guildford, 1980; Macmillan, 1991; Kessinger Publishing, 2007; Nubu Press, 2011.

About the Books:

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.

About the Author:

Mrs. Lanaghan (sometimes cited as Mrs. Flannigan) was an Irish visitor who travelled to the island in the early 1800s.

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Name: Joy Lawrence

Books:

The Footprints of Parham: the History of a  Small Antiguan Town and its Influence. Antigua. 2013.

The History of Bethesda and Christian Hill: Our History and Culture. Antigua. 2008.

Colours and Rhythms of Selected Caribbean Creoles. Antigua. 2003.

The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways. Antigua. 2002, 2003.

Island Spice. Antigua. 1996. 1997.

About the Author:

Read her exclusive Wadadli Pen interview here.

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Name: Hon. Priest Kailash K. Leonce

Books:

The Herbal Manual.

The Sugar Baby – Naturally Eradicating Diabetes.

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Name: Margaret G. Lockett

Books:

Antigua Then: Scenes from a West Indian Childhood. Antigua Press. USA. 2001.

About the Book:

Antigua Then: Scenes from a West Indian Childhood was written by an 82-year old woman of her years as a child and adult on the island of Antigua in the British West Indies between 1920 and 1945. Taken there from Britain as an infant when her father became a partner in a firm that owned sugar estates and other commercial enterprises on the island, she recalls personal and family life but also deals with the history of the area, the government, and the problems of an island with too large a population, the aftermath of long gone slavery.

About the Author:

Margaret Lockett is an English woman who met her husband on Antigua while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. She now lives in Seattle.

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Name: Myrtle Looby

Looby is originally from Tobago but has lived in Antigua where she has been involved with groups like the Professional Organization for Women in Antigua and Barbuda. She’s also a member of the Professional Women’s Network under whose banner she’s collaborated on several self-help books.

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Name: Yvonne Maginley

Books:

Vines of Freedom (w/Novelle H. Richards). N. H. Richards. 1983.

About the Author:

Yvonne Maginley is a former Director General of Tourism in Antigua and Barbuda and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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Name: J. Marrat

Books: In the Tropics. Wesleyan Conference, London. 1881.

About the Books:

Descriptions of life in Wesleyan Missions in Antigua, Barbados, Br. Guiana and Tobago.

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Name: Monica Matthew

Books:

Journeycakes: Memories with My Antiguan Mama. Gray’s Farm Publishing. 2008.

About the Book:

Part of who we become in adulthood is owed to the parental guidance and care experienced as children.  Whether the influence is from our biological parents or from other adults who assume the role, each person has memories of that journey.   Monica Matthew relives these memories of growing up with her adopted mother in Antigua.  She focuses particularly on love when she was either unaware of its existence, misinterpreted its lessons, or doubted its presence.  Journeycakes allows readers to search for treasures in their own journey with parents or as a parent.  It’s hard to read of Mama May without reflecting on your own Tanty, Mammy, or other strong maternal figure.    The stories are filled with the richness of an Antiguan experience during the ’60s, ’70s and beyond, mingled with the sweet sounding vernacular, traditions and scenery of the island as the author looks back at Mama May’s actions with a mature understanding.

About the Author:

Monica Matthew was born in Antigua in the Caribbean.  She has taught high school students in Antigua and the British Virgin islands.  In her spare time, she writes and performs poetry and story telling.  This book is about her journey with her adoptive mother, Mary Ambrose, from the age of 19 months when her biological mother passed away. Ms Matthew is also a professionally trained chef and loves Bikram yoga during her spare time.

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Name: Leon Matthias

Books:

Susanna the Kid Preacher. 2010.

Down Punty Hill. 2008.

Gracefield A Northern Star. 2005.

The Winds of Change. 1999.

Tales from the Hill. 1997. USVI.

Against the Odds. 1996.Friedensberg Moravian Church. USVI.

The Boy from Popeshead. 1995.

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Name: Ernest S. Merrill-Boyd

Books:

Wisdom Sayings for our Troubling Times. Trafford Publishing. Canada. 2008.

About the Book:

Wisdom Sayings for Our Troubling Times was carefully selected and compiled for those of us who sometimes go through unbalanced spiritual moments we sometimes have to endure. It not only provide man’s wisdom and insight but also the wisdom and guidance of God.

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Name: Bernard Moitt

Books:

Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635 – 1848. Indiana University Press. USA. 2001.

About the Book:

In Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635–1848, Bernard Moitt argues that gender had a profound effect on the slave plantation system in the French Antilles. He details and analyzes the social condition of enslaved black women in the plantation societies of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), and French Guiana from 1635 to the abolition of slavery in the French colonial empire in 1848. Moitt examines the lives of black women in bondage, evaluates the impact that the slave experience had on them, and assesses the ways in which women reacted to and coped with slavery in the French Caribbean for over two centuries.

About the Author:

Bernard Moitt is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Previously, he taught at the University of Toronto and at Utica College of Syracuse University. Educated in Antigua (where he was born), Canada, and the United States, he has written on aspects of francophone African and Caribbean history, with particular emphasis on gender and slavery.

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Name: Hyacinth Mottley

Book:

Words of Wisdom – Words of Faith. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

About the Book:

This book is based on the life experiences of 97 year old Hyacinth Mottley. It is filled with words of wisdom and nuggets of faith that we can all use as a guide for difficult and challenging times.  In this book, she reveals her thoughts and perspectives on how we can live our lives successfully. She even gives us some of her personal prayers that she has used over a lifetime to guide and protect herself and her son.

About the Author:

Hyacinth Mottley was born in Barbados on May 13, 1914. In her mid-twenties, she left her job as a school teacher and embarked on a remarkable journey that took her to several Caribbean islands where she gained many interesting life experiences.  From her father, a member of the Free Masons and a sailor who had traveled the world, she heard many exciting stories and learned powerful and often mystical lessons of life… lessons that she would later use for herself and to empower others.  Ms. Mottley finally settled in Antigua where she used the lessons her father had taught to carve out her own life. It was a life, at first of struggle – but later of service – spent helping those who needed her deep insight and wise counsel.

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Name: Marcus Mottley

Book:

Feel the Fear and Speak Anyway: How to go from Fearless to Flawless to Fantastic Public Speaking. CreateSpace. USA. 2013.

Ask, Seek, Knock!: How To Use Powerful Questions In Your Quest For Success (Volume 1). CreatSpace. USA. 2013.

Drug Prevention For Parents: How To Drug & Alcohol Proof Your Children. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

Ethics and Professional Development for Addiction Counselors: Principles, Guidelines, and Issues for Training, Licensing, Certification, and Re-Certification. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

An Anthology of Radical Thoughts and Empowering Perspectives. CreateSpace. USA. 2010.

About the Book:

Feel the Fear and Speak Anyway will help you to conquer your fear of public speaking! You will get rid of the butterflies in your stomach! No tremor in your voice; No shaking hands; No unusual sweating; No fumbling and mumbling; No dry lips and foggy brain; No negative self-talk; No dread and no phobia!

Ask, Seek Knock by Marcus M. Mottley, is much more than a powerful inspirational and motivational book. Why? Because you receive excellent, practical and proven strategies and techniques that helps you achieve the levels of personal power and success that you desire.

In Ethics & Professional Development for Addiction Counselors, Dr. Marcus Mottley defines and clarifies a wide number of ethical issues and dilemmas involving conflicts of interest, boundary issues, confidentiality, professional behaviors and the core obligations, roles and responsibilities of addiction counselors. Counselors will also gain insights and get clarification on key topics such as documentation, self-disclosure, dual relationships, cultural competence and HIPAA guidelines.  Ethics & Professional Development for Addiction Counselors is a concise manual that includes the twelve principles of ethics, eleven principles of professional development and key guidelines, issues and information that are part of the core knowledge requirements for the licensing, certification and re-certification of addiction counselors.

In Radical Thoughts – Empowering Perspectives, Marcus Mottley has put together a collection of his thoughts and ideas spanning more than 25 years. He comments on social, educational, political and psychological issues relevant not only to his native country of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Diaspora, but applicable to matters on a geopolitical scale.

About the Author:

Dr. Mottley, a Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, Certified Seminar Leader, corporate trainer and an experienced Toastmasters (District 36) Public Speaking Champion, coaches you through all the exercises in an easy to follow, conversational method.

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Name: H.Adlai Murdoch

Selected Books: 

Creolizing the Metropole: Migrant Caribbean Identities in Literature and Film (Blacks in the Diaspora). Indiana University Press. 2012.

Post Colonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies (w/co-editor Anne Donadey). University Press of Florida. USA. 2004.

Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel. University Press of Florida. 2001.

About the Books:

Creolizing the Metropole is a comparative study of postwar West Indian migration to the former colonial capitals of Paris and London. It studies the effects of this population shift on national and cultural identity and traces the postcolonial Caribbean experience through analyses of the concepts of identity and diaspora. Through close readings of selected literary works and film, H. Adlai Murdoch explores the ways in which these immigrants and their descendants represented their metropolitan identities. Though British immigrants were colonial subjects and, later, residents of British Commonwealth nations, and the French arrivals from the overseas departments were citizens of France by law, both groups became subject to otherness and exclusion stemming from their ethnicities. Murdoch examines this phenomenon and the questions it raises about borders and boundaries, nationality and belonging.

Post Colonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies brings together methods and insights taken from literary criticism, cultural studies, philosophy, theory, film studies, and linguistics to define new parameters of study for the emerging field of francophone postcolonial studies. While francophone writings share some characteristics indicative of postcolonial literatures in general, they also have their own unique set of characteristics, including issues of migration, stereotyping, continued relationships with France, and creolization. This book gathers together some of the best-known francophone literary scholars to examine various francophone texts through a postcolonial lens.

In Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel, Adlai Murdoch offers a detailed rereading of five major contemporary French Caribbean writers–Glissant, Condé, Maximin, Dracius-Pinalie, and Chamoiseau. Emphasizing the role of narrative in fashioning the cultural and political doubleness of Caribbean Creole identity, Murdoch shows how these authors actively rewrite their own colonially driven history.

About the Author:

H. Adlai Murdoch is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Name: K. C. Nash

Books:

St. Martin/Sint Maarten Island (Travel Aventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2012.

Anguilla (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

St. Barts (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

St. Kitts & Nevis (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

Antigua, Barbuda & Montserrat (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

Leeward Islands Adventure Guide (3rd edition, Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2008.

Landscapes of Gran Canaria. Hunter Publishing. USA 1986.

About the Books:

Adventure Guides: Everything you need to know about where to stay, where to dine, and how to have fun is here. With color photos on every page.

About the Author:

The American author is a professional travel writer with years of experience in writing feature stories for magazines and newspapers. She lives in Antigua and frequently travels throughout the region to explore new developments.

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Name: Isaac James Newton

Books:

Face Life Squarely. 2003.

Intimate Intimacy. 2003.

Tourism and Education Reform: A Case Study of Antigua. Columbia University. 1999.

Fix it Preacher. 1995.

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Name: Joseph Emanuel Nicholas

The Moravians at Greenbay: A Story of Church and School. Brentwood Christian Press, Columbus, Georgia. 2009.

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Name: Desmond V. Nicholson

Selected Books:

Heritage Treasures of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua & Barbuda. 2007.

Africans to Antiguans: The Slavery Experience (w/Edward T. Henry). Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 2003.

English Harbour: the First 2000 Years. Dockyard Museum, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. 2002.

The Shipwrecks of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 2002.

Scratch and Tell: Sailor’s Graffitti from English Harbour. 1999.

Antigua and Barbuda: A Photographic Journey (contributor w/author and photographer Jill Bobrow and Dana Jinkins, respectively). Concepts Publishing. 1999.

Heritage Landmarks of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1994, 2001.

Antigua and Barbuda Forts. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1994.

Mud and Blood: Artifacts from English Harbour Dredging & the Naval Hospital Site. 1993.

The Archeology of Antigua and Barbuda. 1993.

The Story of English Harbour. Historical and Archeological Society. Antigua. 1991.

Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda: A Historical Sketch. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1991.

Afro-Antiguan Folk Pottery and Emancipation. 1990.

Antigua: Reefs, Rocks and Highroads of History (w/H. Gray Weiss, and Malcolm P.). 1986.

Place Names in Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua Archeological and Historical Society. 1984.

English Harbour, Antigua: An Historical and Archeological Sketch. Antigua Archeological Society. 1983.

The Story of the Arawaks in Antigua and Barbuda. Linden Press. 1983.

The Dating of West Indian Historical Sites by Ceramic Analysis. 1979.

PreColumbian Seafaring Capabilities in the Lesser Antilles. 1976.

About the Books:

Re Antigua and Barbuda: A Photographic Journey: In addition to having a rich history, illuminated by resident Desmond Nicholson’s historical essay, Antigua is well known as the yachting and charter center of the Caribbean. One can cruise around Antigua and Barbuda for two weeks without stopping at the same anchorage twice. Jill Bobrow and Dana Jinkins have been coming to these islands for the past twenty-five years. This book is their homage to them.

Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda: A Historical Sketch was described by the author as “an overview – encompassing as it does in abbreviated style a chronicle of centuries of life on the islands.”

About the Author:

Desmond Vernon Nicholson (deceased) “has been the driving force in helping Antigua record its rich history on paper for many decades.” (Antiguanice) To carry on his mission – “Knowledge of any value must be communicated”, the family set up an endowment fund be established to support the research libraries at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and the Dockyard Museum, both of which he founded.

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Name: Koren Norton

Books:

You can do it! Createspace. 2012.

On Becoming a Fulfilled Woman: A Handbook for Female Employment. WingSpan Publishing. 2009.

About the Books:

You can do it! is an affirmation that we all need to hear from time to time. We need to be reminded that with effort and the right attitude, we can accomplish great things. This book will teach you how to identify your mission and vision, how to assess your strengths, what kind of people to surround yourself with and you will be challenged with weekly activities to put what you learn into practice.  Here is your own personal life coach offering you 52 weeks of guidance on issues that could change your life!

Reading On Becoming a Fulfilled Woman tells you: How to use your natural talents and abilities to achieve success  How to improve your financial stability; How to be the best employee your company will ever have; What your words, actions and appearance say about you; How to be a good listener and improve your relationships; The importance of self care.

About the Author:

Koren is an author, social worker and life coach who has worked with hundreds of persons who had a desire to improve the quality of their lives. She maintains a regular schedule of writing articles and conducting workshops that helps people to live more successful lives. Her website is http://www.korennorton.com

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Name: Vere Langford Oliver

Books:

The History of the Island of Antigua, One of the Leeward Caribees in the West Indies, From the First Settlement in 1635 to Present Time. 1894-96-99. Mitchell and Hughes. London. (subsequent reprinting dates unavailable).

About the Book:

A valuable resource; full of detailed general history, family geneologies, and island records.

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Name: Fred Olsen

Book: Indian Creek Arawak Site in the West Indies 1973: Excavation by Yale University and the Antigua Archeological Society. University of Oklahoma Press . USA. 1974.

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Name: W. A. Patton

Books:

Down the Islands – A Voyage to the Caribees. 1899.

About the Book:

An illustrated description of several islands including Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts and St Lucia. A classic early work on the Caribbean.

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Name: Timothy Payne

Books:

Village Life. Sun Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2003.

About the Author:

Timothy Payne was born in Barnes Hill, Antigua. He is a former editor of the Antigua Sun and a photographer.

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Name: Chris Pratt

Books:

The Wild Plants of Antigua and Barbuda (w/Kevel Lindsey, Melanie Pearson, and Carolyn Thomas). Environmental Awareness Group. 2010.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park: Guide to Plants and Historical Sites on the Trail. Environmental Awareness Group. 2008.

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Name: Mary Prince

Books:

The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself. 1831, London and Edinburgh. revised edition (edited by Moira Fergusen). 1998.

About the Books:

Mary Prince was the first black British woman to escape from slavery and publish a record of her experiences. In this unique document, Mary Prince vividly recalls her life as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape to London in 1828. First published in London and Edinburgh in 1831, and well into its third edition that year, The History of Mary Prince inflamed public opinion and created political havoc. Never before had the sufferings and indignities of enslavement been seen through the eyes of a woman–a woman struggling for freedom in the face of great odds. The revised and expanded edition by Ferguson has added new material, based on her extensive research in Bermuda and London; including new details of Mary Prince’s experiences as a freewoman in England, the transcripts of several libel cases brought against her, and the reactions of British society, as seen in prominent periodicals of the day, against the original publication of The History of Mary Prince. This new material brings greater depth and detail and serves to more fully illustrate and contextualize the life of this remarkable woman.

About the Author:

Mary Prince (1788) was born into slavery in Brackish Pond, which is now known as Devonshire Marsh, in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. She spent part of her enslavement in Antigua. The published story of her slavery was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in England and the book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement.

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Name: Dave Ray

Books:

What is Good Hair? New Milford Printing CT. USA. 2010.

Customer Service is…: A Cliff Note from the Mind Your Business Series. Authorhouse. USA. 2010.

Mind Your Business: A Reference Start-up and Operational Guide. Evad Yar Publications. USA. 2009.

About the Books:

What is Good Hair? is marketed to stylists who wish comprehend the “Science of Hair & Scalp Disorders” & “Chemistry for the Cosmetologist”.

Customer Service is… is self improvement book which is intended to harness the skills of communication between the customer and the service provider. Once you read and reread this well thought out piece, you are expected to modify your approach as it relates to servicing the public. One does not have to be in a five-star setting to receive great service. It is accomplishable at a human level.

About the Author:

Dave Ray aka “The Beauty Surgeon” is an international award-winning stylist/educator/platform artist/author. He has over thirty years in the industry and has won almost every nationally recognized beauty competition in the United States of America: The Bronner Brothers Beauty Show, Atlanta – The Proud Lady Beauty Show in Chicago, Illinois, to name a few. He is a selected member of the five-man US Black Trophy Styling Team. They have won competitions in Paris, France, Shanghai, China, & Milan, Italy. Dave has been formally trained by the gurus such as: Thomas Hayden, John Atchison, Pivot Point, Vidal Sassoon, Jingles, Clairol Professional, Dudley Cosmetology University, the late Jim Williams & Olive Lee Benson. He also trains upscale hairdressers for some major competitions. Dave holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Lehman College (CUNY) Bronx New York. He has mastered his craft attaining a PhD in Clinical Trichology.Dave is a Board Certified Master Colorist/Former Regional Training Director for Mizani/L’Oreal USA traveling throughout the USA facilitating seminars on their behalf. He also runs a successful Professional Salon & Spa along with a Training Facility in New York. The Beauty Surgeon also consults for a number of hair and beauty companies such as S C Direct/ Boston, Massachusetts, featuring Star Jones Wigs, Beverly Johnson and Dianne Carrol Wigs; Sensationnel, makers of fabulous weaves and braids, Shake N Go Fashions/Milky Way/Izunami Ceramic Irons and Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. He is also featured in Chris Rock’s HBO Documentary, “Good Hair”. Dave is now an official judge for all the major competitions around the United States. Hair stylists retain him for his wealth of knowledge in the industry on Platform Artistry, Salon Management, Hair-Color and Avante Garde Competition techniques. Dave was honored with “Cosmetologist of the Year Award 2006″ by the New York State Beauty Culturist Association. He hails from the island of Antigua.

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Name: Novelle H. Richards

Books:

Vines of Freedom (w/Yvonne Maginley). N. H. Richards. 1983.

Tropic Gems. Vantage Press. 1971.

Twilight Hour. Vantage Press. 1971.

The Struggle and the Conquest[Twenty Five Years of Social Democracy in Antigua]. West Indies Federal Labour Party. 1960.

About the Books:

The Struggle and the Conquest is the history of the Island Nation of Antigua & Barbuda, its trade union, and the islands’ struggle for independence.

About the Author:

Sir Novelle Hamilton Richards, K.G.C.N. was born on 24th November, 1917, in the historic village of Liberta. He attended the Grace Hill and the Antigua Grammar Schools and the London Polytechnic Institute in England. At the London Polytechnic, Novelle successfully pursued the Diploma Course in Journalism. Following the attainment of Independence from Great Britain, he was elected first President of the Antigua and Barbuda Senate and later that same year, he was appointed by the Governments of the East Caribbean to be the first Diplomatic Trade Commissioner to Canada. He  was the composer of the lyrics of the National Anthem  of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Vivian Richards and Bob Harris

Books:

Sir Vivian: The Definitive Autobiography. Penguin. UK. 2002.

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Name: Dr. George Roberts

Books:

I Just Want to Follow Jesus: An Anthology of Hymns, Caribbean Style

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Name: Hewlester A. Samuel Sr.

Books:

The Birth of the Village of Liberta, Antigua. Llumina Press. 2007.

About the Book:

This is the true story of the Africans enslaved on Antigua, on the plantations in and around the village of Liberta before it was formed. Dehumanized, unchurched, and worked like animals, they suffered like all other slaves in the New World.There came to the island a group of Moravian missionaries, who worked with the slaves of the plantations in the years of their oppression. While teaching Christianity, these missionaries strived to create better conditions for the blacks. Then, in 1834, came emancipation, and the village of Liberta was born. This is the story of black Antiguans’ progress from slavery to freedom, and the transformation of a slave culture into a free society–a culturally, socially, and economically thriving community. With details on many of the historical sites, this is a story of survival, hope, and liberation.

About the Author:

Hewlester A. Samuel was born in Liberta Village, Antigua. He has always had an avid interest in history, in particular the history of his home island. He has scoured many history books and researched artifacts that date back to the beginning of slavery.Samuel attended Libertan public schools, then attended the West Indies School of Theology in Trinidad. He currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife Anita and their three children. A retired real estate broker, he also served as a pastor for over fifty years.

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Name: Janet Schaw

Books:

Journal of a Lady of Quality. (originally published in the 1700s) Yale University Press (edition), 1939. Bison Book (edition), 2005.

About the Book:

Alexander and Janet Schaw, Scottish siblings, began a journey in 1774 that would take them from Edinburgh to the Caribbean Islands and then to America. Part of the early wave of Scottish colonization, the pair visited family and friends who had already established themselves in the colonies. Journal of a Lady of Quality is Janet Schaw’s account of this voyage through letters to a friend in Scotland. The letters describe the sights, scenery, and social life she encountered, but they also reveal the political atmosphere of an America on the verge of revolution. Stephen Carl Arch provides a new introduction for the Bison Books edition.

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Name: Bandelee MaatRa SetepenRa 

Books:

Kujichagulia – Self Determination. 2009. 3rd-Eye-Studios. Antigua.

Modern Antiguan Society: The Self-Propelled Glory of the Slave Master’s Dream. 3rd-Eye-Studios.Antigua. 2005.

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Name: Rosalyn Simon

Books:

God’s Remedies Around Us. Antigua. 2005.

blessing the book

About the Author:

Roslyn is also the owner of Rosmac’s Garden in Johnsons Point.

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Name: Colleen Simpson

Book: A Lickle Bit A Dis & A Lickle Bit A Dat. 2004.

About the Author:

Simpson, a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, had stints at several hotels in Antigua and abroad; and worked at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute before going on to become executive chef of the Antigua and Barbuda government’s school meals programme. She is a regular judge of the Mango Fest annual cooking competition.

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Name: Ineta Skepple

Book:

Our Caribbean Heritage in Context: Stories about Hermitage and Hawkes Bill Estate. 2005.

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Name: Fernando Smith

Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour 2 The Life and Times of Samuel Smith an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Keithlyn B. Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2003.

To Shoot Hard Labour The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Keithlyn Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1986.

About the Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour is the oral history of post Emancipation Antigua as told by the authors’ grandfather.

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Name: Keithlyn B. Smith

Books:

Symbol of Courage. Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2006.

To Shoot Hard Labour 2 The Life and Times of Samuel Smith an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Fernando Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2003.

No Easy Pushover: A History of the Working People of Antigua and Barbuda 1836 – 1994. Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1994.

To Shoot Hard Labour The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Fernando Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1986.

About the Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour is the oral history of post Emancipation Antigua as told by the authors’ grandfather.

About the Author:

Keithlyn Smith was a trade unionist and senator for many years, and is a retired general secretay of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union.

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Name: Emily Vanessa Spencer Knight

Books:

Growing up in All Saints Village, Antigua. Xlibris Corporation. 2009.

About the Book:

This book is intended for persons living in Antigua in general but more particularly for those living in All Saints at present and to give some historical background of the All Saints in which the author grew up, between the 1940s and 1960s. The vast developments which have taken place on all sides since then have changed the features of the village altogether. It should not be regarded as a complete history of All Saints of the Forties and Sixties, but recollections only, of this Author. She hopes that it will trigger some interest, arouse curiosity to the extent that it will encourage someone to do some research and pick up from where I have left off.

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Name: Gwen Tonge

Books:

Cooking Magic. Antigua. (second edition) 1992.

Cooking Antigua’s Foods. Antigua. 1973.

About the Author:

Gwen Tonge was the long time host of the nation and possibly the region’s longest running cooking show Cooking Magic on ABS TV. She was also an educator and head of the Women’s Desk. She died in 2012 at 88 years.

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Name: Claude Turner

Books:

Multiresolution Analysis for Effective Dynamic Bandwidth Management: Using Wavelets and Traffic Prediction to Meet Quality of Service Needs of Network Applications. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. USA. 2009.

About the Book:

In recent years, growing processing power and  bandwidth have stimulated a new breed of network  applications requiring the development of more  sophisticated traffic management algorithms to meet  their stringent QoS needs. One of the main obstacles  to improving QoS is congestion at network nodes. It  is believe that bandwidth prediction is a key  component to reducing congestion and thereby the  improvement of QoS.  This work proposes an effective bandwidth management  approach based on the discrete wavelet transform  (DWT). The approach hinges on the results of recent  studies showing that while network traffic consists  of both long- and short-term dependence, its wavelet  coefficients are short-term dependent only. The DWT  decomposes the traffic into a low-frequency  component and high frequency components. The low- frequency component of the traffic, are significant  for long-term traffic behavior and, hence, for  bandwidth allocation. The high-frequency components  are significant in the short-term behavior of the  traffic and, hence, for buffer-allocation.

About the Author:

Claude Turner is an Assistant Professor with the Dept. of Computer Science at Bowie State University in Maryland. He earned his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include Bandwidth Management, Network Engineering, and Computer Security.

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Name: Regina Vincent Clark

Books:

Yes, God, I’m Listening. JCV  Communications. 2002.

From Grandmother with Love (w/illustrator Layaalis Kali-Ma). JCV  Communications. 2004.

Answering God’s Wake up Call: A 100 Day Journey with the Holy Spirit. XLIBRIS. 2013.

About the Book:

Yes, God, I’m listening is a collection of prayers, poems, essays, scriptures and other inspirational messages that will uplift and soothing a healing heart. Although written from a personal perspective, Yes, God, I’m Listening is for all readers because it addresses issues and concerns that we all go through. The book encourages each reader to establish a loving, listening, personal relationship with God.

From Grandmother with Love is a nicely illustrated book for grandchildren and grandparents! Compares grandmothering of today with the days of long ago. Poetic, funny, true to life.

About the Author:

Dr. Regina Vincent Clark is a writer/poet living in Antigua, West Indies. A native of Talladega, AL, she has published four books and two spoken word CDs. Dr. Clark enjoys God’s use of her voice as a freelancer to speak on injustice/equality and to share motivational and inspiring messages especially for young people. Regina says she seeks to let her light shine so that others will see the works of the Heavenly Father.

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Name: Cecil Wade

Book: The UPP Government in Eclipse. 2012.

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Name: Selvyn Walter

Books:

Bank Alley Tales.1995.

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Name: Martha Watkins-Gilkes

Books:

Shipwrecks of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 2002.

Diving Guide to the Eastern Caribbean. Hunter Pub Inc. 1994.

About the Books:

Martha Watkins Gilkes has traveled the length and breadth of the region to document the Shipwrecks of the Caribbean. She unravels the mystery behind many of these wrecks-from the infamous disasters to the long forgotten. She also has explored and written about many of the ships that have been deliberately sunk in recent years, offering unique homes for underwater creatures and marine plants. In this practical and informative guide, the shipwrecks of each island are explored in turn offering history, trivia, advice, and location details. With a foreward by Stan Waterman.

The Diving Guide of the Eastern Caribbean is intended to open up the world of scuba diving to many remote places where diving is beginning to develop. The author has dived every island mentioned but also enlisted the guidance of established dive operators, instructors and dive masters to describe their favourite locations. Forwarded by Stan Waterman and Peter Benchley,  the book is a practical hands on diving  guide.

About the Author:

Martha Watkins Gilkes has lived and traveled in the Eastern  Caribbean for over 25 years: from the more  well known islands like Barbados to the remote islands like Anguilla.  She is also an activist with respect to the marine environment.

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Name: Floree Williams

Books:

Pink Tea Cups and Blue Dresses. Second edition Seaburn Publishing. America. 2007, 2008.

About the Books:

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses is a collection of short stories chronicling the childhood and high school life of author Floree Williams. Pink teacups represents the childhood years where the author identifies strongly with girlhood and blue dresses represents the author s high school uniform.

About the Author:

Floree Williams enjoys the small things in life, happiness; laughter, smiles and the company of friends. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.” She is also the author of a fictional work, Through the Window. Floree is a true island woman, who is proud to call Antigua her home.

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Name: Michelle Williams-Angmor

Books: My IT Notes (seven book series). Antigua. 2011.

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Name: Sharon R. Wilson-Strann

Books:

Poetry for the CSEC English B Examination. Macmillan Education. UK. 2008.

About the Author:

Sharon also writes fiction (Healing Hearts Series’ He’s So Into You) as Roxy Wilson. She is an educator.

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Name: Warren Woodberry

Books:

For We are Strangers. 2001.

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Name: Roderick Wynter

Books:

Well Done, Sir Luther. Lulu Publishing. 2009.

About the Book:

Well Done, Sir Luther is an autobiographical, firsthand account of the life and accomplishments of Sir Luther Wynter from the perspective of his nephew, Dr. Roderick Wynter. Drawing upon a lifetime of documents, photographs and memories, Dr. Wynter has written a moving and penetrating memoir that details Sir Luther’s struggles as a young man working his way toward becoming one of only a few black physicians in the West Indies through to his eventual Knighthood and beyond. Along the way, Dr. Wynter notes his own struggles and experiences as Sir Luther’s nephew and as an emerging physician in his own right. Equal parts autobiography and memoir, Well Done, Sir Luther is a revealing portrait of the best and worst of times in the life of one of the most important Antiguan-Jamaicans of the 20th Century.

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Name: Deng Yan Zhang

Books:

Antiguan Shallow Water Sea Shells (w/foreword by R. Janowsky). MdM Publishing, Wellington, FL, USA. 2011.

About the Book:

A book about the marine shells of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea covering 963 species in 452 genera and 154 families found by the author over a period of 18 years. Many of these shells are the first photographed specimens of their kind to be found in any book.

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p.s.  I must mention Carnival is all We Know, a collection I (JCH) had the joy of editing in 2007, the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Carnival in Antigua. It’s no longer available having been put out as a special Observer supplement for the limited run of a single newspaper cycle. But working on this project was a personal and professional joy, mostly because I enjoyed immersing myself in the works of my fellow Antiguan writers; people like Brenda Lee Browne, D. Gisele Isaac, Selvyn Walter, S E James, Leonard Tim Hector, Jermilla Kirwan, Arthur Bum Jardine, Edgar O. Lake, Sylvanus Barnes, Shelly Tobitt, Marcus Christopher, Marie Elena John, Aziza Lake, Althea Prince, Tameka Jarvis and others. Tons of our artists as well. If you get a chance I hope you look up these writers online and check out their books; also check out the galleries for a look at the art being produced (such as Heather Doram who created the cover image pictured). What’s in this collection (and, in fact, what’s on this site) is only a sample of Antigua’s artistic output.

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Library Week (Antigua) – a Look Back in Pictures

There was craft activity....what did they make?

There was craft activity….what did they make?

The Public Library held a street fair this year (2014) as part of library week. Here are some highlights:

Cowboy puppets?

Cowboy puppets?

 

By golly, I think they're into it: Calesia Thibou reads from her book Cadriel and Jadiel: a Day at the Beach.

By golly, I think they’re into it: Calesia Thibou reads from her book Cadriel and Jadiel: a Day at the Beach.

What's that I'm reading? and what's an arctic seal named Dolphin doing in the Caribbean sea anyway?

What’s that I’m reading? and what’s an arctic seal named Dolphin doing in the Caribbean sea anyway?

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Fish Outta Water.

 

Claudia Elizabeth Ruth's reading brought international intrigue.

Claudia Elizabeth Ruth’s reading brought international intrigue.

Dorbrene O'Marde reading from Send Out You Hand captured the attention of passers-by.

Dorbrene O’Marde reading from Send Out You Hand captured the attention of passers-by.

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Meet Local Authors During Thursday’s Library Street Fair

This week is library week

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and as part of Library Week, there’ll be a street fair (on Redcliffe Street) featuring local authors. Here’s the schedule:

Calesia Thibou, author of Cadriel and Jadiel: a Day at the Beach cadriel – reading between 10:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Joanne C. Hillhouse, author of The Boy from Willow Bend

Cover design by Heather Doram

Cover design by Heather Doram

, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad! Oh Gad cover – reading between 11:00 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.

claudiaruthfrancisClaudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis – author of Island Issues, A Bigger Island, Tides that Bind, Road to Wadi Halfa, and Missing – reading between 11:30 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.

Dorbrene O’Marde – author of Send out your Hand Send out you handand Nobody Go Run Me – reading between 12:10 and 12:20 p.m.

Joy Lawrence

Joy Lawrence

Joy Lawrence

- author of Island Spice, The Way We talk and other Antiguan Folkways, Colours and Rhythms of Selected Caribbean Creoles, The History of Bethesda and Christian Hill, and the Footprints of Parham – reading between 1:30 and 1:40 p.m.

and

Ashfield Thomas – author of Brickdam and The Place of Music – reading between 2:00 and 2:10 p.m.

 

 

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Antiguan and Barbudan Non-Fiction Writings

I started putting together a list a list of books by Antiguan and Barbudan authors and books about Antigua and Barbuda back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum; I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. It includes books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and adopted, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere; some with non-specific connections to the island who feature Antigua prominently in their writings may also make the cut. I’m just trying to make it as complete as possible. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll do the research and add them. Before you do, though, check the main list ‘Antiguan and Barbudan Writers’ for the complete listing as writers writing in more than one genre are listed only twice, so far: in one of the genre lists and the main list. Use the site’s search feature to find fiction, non fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and the main list of Antiguan and Barbudan writing. In any case, it should be noted that the list is not exhaustive as, solely at my discretion, I’ve limited it to writers with a book or CD, and have omitted publication in journals and/or periodicals purely as a matter of containment. I’ve since started separate lists for  journal publications, reviews of published works, song lyricists, screenwriters and playwrights. I will continue to build on these incomplete lists time allowing.  And, before you ask, no I have not read them all…can’t promise that I will read them all. Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into doing this, so please give credit where due and link back . Thanks. Full disclosure: some of the ‘Abouts’ are taken from the descriptions found, if not on the book jacket, then on Amazon or Google Books.

Name: Elizabeth Abbott* 

Books:

A History of Marriage. Penguin. Canada. 2010 & Seven Stories Press. USA. 2011.

Sugar: A Bittersweet History. Penguin. 2008. & Canada & Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2011.

A History of Mistresses. Haper Flamingo. Canada. 2003, 2010. & Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2010.

A History of Celibacy. Scribner. 2000.

Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy. 1988. McGraw-Hill. USA & (and revised and updated as Haiti: A Shattered Nation). Duckworth Overlook. UK, USA. 2011.

All Heart: Notes on the Life of Dr. Maude Elizabeth Abbott, M.D., Pioneer Woman Doctor and Cardiologist. 1997.

Tropical Obsession: A Universal Tragedy in Four Acts Set in Haiti. Edition Deschamps. Haiti. 1986.

About the Books**:

Sugar: A Bittersweet History tells the extraordinary, dramatic and thought-provoking story of this most commonplace of products from its very origins to the present day.  Elizabeth Abbott examines how and in what quantities we still consume sugar; its role in the crisis of obesity and diabetes; how its cultivation continues to affect the environment; and how coerced labour continues in so many sugar-producing nations. Richly detailed, impeccably researched and thoroughly compelling, “Sugar” is a comprehensive social history of a substance that has revolutionised the way we eat, and poignant testimony to the suffering endured in the name of satisfying the world’s sweet tooth.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Abbott is a writer and historian with a special interest in women’s issues, social justice for all and sugarcane-cutters in particular, the treatment and lives of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Her book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History was short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. She has written for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, The Gazette (Montreal), Quill & Quire, London Free Press, La Presse and La Gazette du Golfe (Benin), and for Equinox and Harrowsmith magazines. She is a Senior Research Associate at Trinity College, University of Toronto and, from 1991 to 2004, was Dean of Women. She is a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto and of PEN Canada.

*Abbott is a Canadian with family roots in Antigua.
**Abbott’s list of books is quite extensive, the ‘About’ section is limited to the book inspired in part by her Antiguan heritage.

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Name: June Ambrose

Books:

Effortless Style (w/illustrator Aimee Levy and contributor Richard Buskin). Simon Spotlight Enterainment. USA. 2006.

About the Books:

In Effortless Style, June Ambrose, the celebrity fashion stylist and designer who’s shaped the looks of some of the biggest names in entertainment — including Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Kelly Ripa, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey — reveals the industry secrets that can help anyone exude genuine star power, regardless of body type or budget.

About the Author:

June Ambrose is a celebrity fashion stylist/designer. She has appeared on national shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Extreme Makeover, and on VH1 and MTV. June also owns the full-service styling firm Modé Squad, Inc. She lives in New York City.

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Name: Alexis Andrews

Books:

Vanishing Ways (Volume I: Sailing on the last Carriacou Sloops). Indian Creek Books. 2008.

Genesis. (Volume II: Building a Traditional Carriacou Sloop). Indian Creek Books. 2008.

Images. Indian Creek Books. 2007.

About the Books:

Vanishing Ways & Genesis are 10″ X 10″ 130 pages each. Photography from a ten year project by veteran marine photographer Alexis Andrews who sailed, fished, raced and eventually built a boat on the beach with the men of Windward, Carriacou.

Images is a 12″X 12″ coffee table photography book- 180 pages of blazing colour and black & white images taken over a 20 year period showcasing nature, culture, beaches, places & yachting.

About the Author:

Andrews is originally from Greece. He trained in advertising and photography in Europe and America; and sailed in to Antigua in 1986.

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Name: Sue Appleby

Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family (w/illustrator Deborah Eckert). Books Express Publishing. 2013.     

About the Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family – “In this closely observed and carefully crafted story of the Hammer family in nineteenth-century Cornwall, Sue Appleby explores the life of a Cornish tenant farmer, his wives, and offspring. Drawing upon the rich material of her own family history, she investigates the varying fortunes of her great-grandfather, Philip Hammer of Porthpean, near St Austell, and in so doing brings alive the social history of nineteenth-century Cornwall – including the extraordinary Cornish diaspora which scattered Philip’s sons and daughters as far afield as Australia and South Africa. The tale of one family, it is also the story of Cornwall itself. Appleby tells it with passion and penetrating insight – an important addition to our understanding of Cornwall’s fascinating world-wide heritage.” – Professor Philip Payton, Director, Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

About the Author: Cornish ancestors on her mother’s side of the family and childhood vacations spent in Cornwall gave Sue Appleby an early interest in Cornish history. With a Master’s Degree in Information and Library Management, she has spent most of her adult working life in the Caribbean working for various international, regional and national organisations. Married to Bernie Evan-Wong, she has two daughters, Meiling and Sarah and lives in Antigua. “The Hammers of Towan: a Nineteenth -Century Cornish family is her first book. She is currently researching the contribution made by Cornish people in the Caribbean: the miners in the copper mines of Cuba and Virgin Gorda; the captains and crews of the Falmouth Packet Mail service to the West Indies; colonial governors; wealthy planters; navy and army personnel stationed in the Caribbean; pirates and buccaneers. This research will form the basis for her next book “The Cornish in the Caribbean.”

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Name: Theodore Archibald

Books:

Marriage: God’s Wonderful Gift of Love. CSS Publishing Company. USA. 2000.

The Winding Path to America. CSS Publishing Company. USA. 1996.

About the Books:

Marriage: God’s Wonderful Gift of Love explores the spiritual roots of marriage, documented with biblical history and relating the joys of a marriage lasting for 49 years.

The Winding Path to America is an autobiographical tale profiling the author’s life journey, from his birth into a deeply spiritual family on the Caribbean island of Antigua, to London, and finally to his ascent to success in the U.S.

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Name: Sandra Baptist

Book:

Unlock the Code Book: Activate the 10 Keys Successful Entrepreneurs Use to Earn Higher Revenues, Create Greater Profits, and Achieve Faster Business Growth. Adriel Publishing. 2013.

Ready Aim Influence (co-author). Experts Insight Publishing. 2013.

Conscious Entrepreneurs: A Radical New Approach to Purpose, Passion and Profits (co-author). Love Your Life Publishing. 2008.

About the Book:

Unlock the Code is described as a must have business book for the entrepreneur. Having raced to over 6-figures in her 1st 17 months in business, Sandra’s company almost “crashed and burned” in the following 2 years, and she almost quit and went back to a corporate life! Developing and using her very own Signature System that she  teaches in this book, Sandra’s business has more than doubled in the last year. She believes that her mantra of “Revenues are Temporary. Profits are Forever!”™ is what creates the transformations in her clients’ businesses.

About the Author:

Sandra Baptist, The Business Growth Agent™“Art of Profitabilitso they increase their profits exponentially and grow their businesses faster. Sandra, along with Marshall Goldsmith and Carlos Slim, is one of the co-authors of “Ready. Aim. Influence!” – an International #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com. Sandra has been seen on various media, including NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS. Sandra has lived in 4 countries and has one son. Sandra is a graduate of the Christ the King High School.

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Names: Milton Benjamin (w/Susan Lowes and Riva Berleant-Schiller).

Book:

Antigua and Barbuda (World Bibliographical Series). ABC-Clio. USA. 1995.

About the Book:

A comprehensive reference for locating information about Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Lester Bird

Books:

Antigua Vision – Caribbean Reality: Perspectives of Prime Minister Lester Bryant Bird. Hansib. London. 2002.

About the Book:

Covering a range of topics crucial to the Caribbean’s economic, social and political development, Antigua Vision looks at: the struggle to build a single Caribbean nation and maintain a place in international politics; the Caribbean’s cautious relationship with the US; and the importance of cricket to the West Indian psyche, among other issues. A comprehensive study for anyone interested in Caribbean affairs.

About the Author:

Lester Bird is a former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and son of national hero V. C. Bird Sr.

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Name: Nicola Bird

Books:

The Boomerang Effect: How You Can Take Charge of Your Life. iuniverse. 2011.

About the Book:

In this guidebook, you’ll discover how to deal with the unavoidable and unpredictable obstacles; battle insecurities that impede personal growth; and manage the fighter, hider, and runner within.

About the Author:

Bird is a psychotherapist living in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the Christ the King High School.

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Name: Mitzie Buckley (w/Emeric Simonkovic)

Buckley signing books

Books:

Who we Were – Fibrey: The Rope Walk. Siboney Publications. 2005.

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Name: Paul Buhle

Books:

Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical’s Story. University Press of Mississippi. 2006.

About the Book:

Tim Hector (1942-2002) played many roles—political philosopher, educator, literary and music critic, cricket administrator, political leader, and newspaper editor. Best known for his editorship of the newspaper Outlet and his cofounding of the Afro-Caribbean Liberation Movement, Hector struggled for the independence of his native island Antigua. As a disciple of C. L. R. James, he was one of the Pan-African movement’s most vital figures, and his regular column “Fan the Flame” in Outlet was followed avidly throughout the Caribbean. His insights into regional history, politics, cricket, and literature were eagerly awaited. Biographer Paul Buhle traces Hector’s intellectual development and explores how the editor-activist’s political philosophy evolved from an early island nationalism and militant Marxism into an embrace of democratic self-determination and of political union in a future Caribbean nation.

About the Author:

Paul Buhle, the authorized biographer of C. L. R. James, is a senior lecturer in history and American civilization at Brown University. A prize-winning author-editor and frequent contributor to the Nation, the Village Voice, TIKKUN, and the San Francisco Chronicle, he has published twenty-eight previous volumes including The Life and Work of C. L. R. James, Encyclopedia of the American Left, C. L. R. James’s Caribbean, four other biographies, and five volumes on the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist.

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Name: Marilyn Chiddick-Hodge

Books:

Positive Living Volume 1.

About the Book:

In this, her first publication, designed for all ages, Marilyn Chiddick-Hodge addresses the decline in values, morals and family relationships through some 30 thought-provoking articles. Positive Living Volume 1 presents positive answers to the many perplexing problems of life.

About the Author:

Marilyn Chiddick Hodge is the daughter of Mr. Alfred Chiddick (deceased) and Mrs. Edna Chiddick of Greenbay. She holds a Masters Degree in Education specialising in Guidance and Counselling from Bristol University in the United Kingdom and a Masters of Science Degree specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from BSY  in the United Kingdom. She has taught in the education sector both in Antigua and Anguilla for some 28 years. She is currently the Correctional Services Counsellor at the Department of Probation in Anguilla. She owns and operates a private counselling service known as the Wellness Centre. She is  the producer of the radio programme Positive Living which is airs daily on Radio Anguilla, http://www.radioaxa.com and writes a weekly column in the local newspaper known as The Anguillian.

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Name: Chante U. Codrington

Books:

Why we are…Where we are…Who we are!: Empowering Ourselves through hardwork and education.  iUniverse.com. USA. 2009.

About the Book:

Why We Are… Where We Are… Who We Are…! is a book written by Chante’ Codrington who was only twenty years of age and still a sophomore in college when he did so.

About the Author:

Chanté Codrington was born in Houston, Texas, but, had the wonderful privilege of being raised in the Caribbean on the island of Antigua. After he graduated from high school, he moved back to Houston to finish his studies and embark on a journey full of uncertain and endless possibilities.

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Name: Cush David

Kush DaVid Photo by Laura Hall (@ the 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser, Word Up!)

Books:

The Dynamics of an Artistic Patriot: A Biography of Reginald Samuel. 3rd-Eye-Publications. Antigua. 2006.

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Name: Gregson Davis

Books:

Parthenope, The Interplay of Ideas in Vergilian Bucolic. Brill. 2012.

A Companion to Horace (editor). John Wiley and Sons. 2010.

Aimé Césaire.  Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 1997.

Polyhymnia: The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse. University of California Press. Berkeley/Los Angeles/ Oxford. 1991.

Non-Vicious Circle: Twenty Poems of Aimé Césaire (translation, introduction, commentary). Stanford University Press. Stanford, Ca. 1984.

The Death of Procris: “Amor” and the Hunt in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Edizioni dell’ Ateneo. Rome, Italy. 1983.

Antigua Black: Portrait of an Island People (w/ photographer Margo Davis). Scrimshaw Press. San Francisco. 1973.

About the Book:

Parthenope is the study of the ‘Eclogues’ focussing on Vergil’s exploration of issues relating to the subject of human happiness (‘eudaimonia’) – ideas that were the subject of robust debate in contemporary philosophical schools.

A Companion to Horace features a collection of commissioned interpretive essays by leading scholars in the field of Latin literature covering the entire generic range of works produced by Horace.

Aimé Césaire is the best known poet in the French Caribbean. In this study Gregson Davis examines Césaire’s extraordinary dual career as writer and elected politician. Gregson Davis’s account of Césaire’s intellectual growth is grounded in a careful reading of the poetry, prose and drama that illustrates the full range and depth of his literary achievement.

Horace’s Odes have a surface translucency that belies their rhetorical sophistication. Gregson Davis brings together recent trends in the study of Augustan poetry and critical theory and deftly applies them to individual poems. Exploring four rhetorical strategies—what he calls modes of assimilation, authentication, consolation, and praise and dispraise—Davis produces enlightening, new interpretations of this classic work.

About the Author:

Gregson Davis is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

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Name: Kortright Davis

Books:

Compassionate Love and Ebony Grace: Christian Altruism and People of Colour. University Press of America. 2012.

Cross and Crown in Barbados: Caribbean Political Religion in the Late 19th Century. Wipf and Stock Publishers. USA.  2011.

Emancipation Still Comin': Explorations in Caribbean Emancipatory Theology. Wipf and Stock Publishers. USA.  2008. (first published 1990).

Serving with Power. Paulist Press. USA. 1999.

In Praise of Congregations: Leadership in the Local Church Today (w/Charles E. Bennison, Adair T. Lumis, and Paula D. Nesbitt). Cowley Publications. 1999.

Can God Save the Church?: Living Faith – While Keeping Doubt. Holdale Press. USA. 1994.

African Creative Expressions of the Divine. Howard University Press. 1991.

Mission for Change: Caribbean Development as Theological Enterprise. Peter Lang Publishing Incorporated. 1982.

Moving into Freedom. Cedar P., Barbados. 1980.

A Theological Interpretation of the Development Programme of the Caribbean Conference of Churches between 1971 and 1977. British Library, Document Supply Centre. 1979.

Church and Society in Barbados, 1870 – 1890. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. 1976.

About the Book:

Why is the Golden Rule so central in almost every culture and religion? What is it that drives human beings to do good to others? Are altruism, compassion, and forgiveness natural forms of human behavior, or do they have to be learned and practiced in the neural context of our primal instincts for survival and self-defense? These are some of the questions that lie behind the study of Compassionate Love amongst people of color. Davis explores the patterns and contours of “other-love,” which he defines as a selfless regard for the well-being of others. He also examines the basis for distinctive modes of compassionate behavior enriched by “ebony grace” — a theological attribution for people of African descent. This text focuses especially on the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that inspires and empowers such attitudes, in spite of constant encounters with systemic negation, social alienation, and unrelenting racism.

Cross and Crown in Barbados explores Caribbean society during the late 19th century, a time when it was controlled by the local plantocracy and the colonial administration of the Europeans. The life-blood of the society, the Black labouring classes, reaped very little of the social and economic benefits from the Sugar industry. The Church was also controlled by the planter-class, and it functioned effectively to sustain a pattern of rigid social containment, and to work consistently for the maintenance of the status quo. Political religion in Barbados was therefore an engine of social control of the poor Blacks by the rich Whites. Cross and Crown together created peace and poverty.

Emancipation Still Comin’ explores the role of theology, particularly theories of liberation theology, in Caribbean socioeconomic development.

In Serving with Power, prominent theologian Kortright Davis shouts a wake-up call to all Christian ministers, both ordained and lay, of every denomination. With apostolic intensity, he challenges traditional concepts of leadership and service and proposes radical new approaches to restore the vigor to ministry in this post-modern age.

Re In Praise of Congregations: The insights of congregational studies to clergy, church leaders, and churchgoers of all denominations endeavoring to understand, inspire, and lead the local church.

About the Author:

D.H. Kortright Davis, Ph.D., is professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity. He is also the Rector of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in the District of Columbia. In addition to serving as a consultant to several other ecclesiastical bodies, Anglican dioceses, and academic institutions, he is a member of the Faith & Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Dr. Davis was trained for the Anglican priesthood at Codrington College in Barbados, by the Community of the Resurrection. He was ordained deacon in 1965, and priest in 1966 in the Diocese of Antigua, West Indies.

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Name: R. G. Dingwall

Books:

The Sacking of Antigua. 

Falmouth and Great George Fort.

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Name: Brian Dyde 

Books:

A West Indian Romance: A True Story of Love and Seafaring in the Caribbean. Paradise Press. 2012.

A to Z of Caribbean Heritage. Macmillan. UK. 2011.

History for CSEC Examinations: Emanipation to Emigration (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2008.

History for CSEC Examinations: Amerindians to Africans (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2008.

St. Kitts: Cradle of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 2007.

Out of the Crowded Vagueness: A History of the Islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. Macmillan. UK. 2005.

Caribbean Certificate History: Decolonization and Development (w/Robert Greenwood and Shirley Hamber). Macmillan. UK. 2003, 2009.

Where the Sea had an Ending: A Caribbean Travel Miscellany. Macmillan. UK. 2007.

A History of Antigua, The Unsuspected Isle. Macmillan. UK. 2000; Interlink Pub., 2003.

The Empty Sleeve: the Story of the West India Regiments of the British Army. Hansib. UK. 1997.

Antigua and Barbuda: the Heart of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1995.

Caribbean Companion: the A to Z Reference. Macmillan.  UK. 1992.

Islands to the Windward: Five Gems of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1987.

Antigua and Barbuda: The Heart of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 1986.

About the Books:

A West Indian Romance is the autobiography of an English naval officer and the young Antiguan woman he met while captain of a ship sent to carry out survey work in the Caribbean in the 1970’s.

The A-Z of the Caribbean is intended to complement the individual country books of the Macmillan-Caribbean A-Zs series. It is designed as a comprehensive and engaging reference guide to the cultural, social, political, economic, geographic, natural and historic heritage of the entire region, and amongst the entries are many which describe and attempt to evaluate important institutions, personalities and historical events. In addition to all the English-, French-, Spanish- and Dutch-speaking West Indies, the book also covers the countries with which these islands have close cultural, economic and historic ties: Guyane, Suriname, Guyana, Belize, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Bermuda.

History for CSEC(R) Examinations will prove indispensable to anyone teaching or studying the history of the region.  The series, comprising three books, tells in a straightforward and stimulating way the story of the people of many races and of many nations who have inhabited the region from the earliest times up to the present day.  Book 1: Amerindians to Africans Book 1 deals with the events that took place from the first human settlement of the region in prehistoric times to the end of the eighteenth century.  Emphasis is placed on the effect of the forced introduction of Africans to the region. Book 3: Decolonisation and Development deals with the constitutional, political, economic and social developments that took place in the region throughout the twentieth century.

Brian Dyde’s association with St Kitts began in 1973 while in the Royal Navy carrying out work for the production of new charts of the Leeward Islands. This is his third book in the Island Guide series, and is illustrated by some of his own photographs. Between 1987 and 1995 he and his wife, who is an Antiguan, lived in Montserrat but were forced to leave because of the volcanic activity.

Re Out of the Crowded Vagueness: The Islands of St Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla all have a common history. Anguilla was made a ward of St Kitts in 1825, and Nevis was united with St Kitts and Anguilla under a single administration in 1882. Brian Dyde has been familiar with all three islands for many years.

Where the Sea had an Ending is an original and very entertaining view of the Caribbean written by a man who has known and loved the West Indies for nearly fifty years. The beguiling nature of the West Indies is seen through his eyes as well as those of dozens of other writers, including travellers, historians, soldiers, explorers and naturalists.

A History of Antigua, The Unsuspected Isle has been described as the first comprehensive history of Antigua to be written since the middle of the 19th century.

Encyclopaedic in its coverage of all things Caribbean, The Caribbean Companion: the A to Z Reference acts as a reference work. It deals mainly with people – the politicians, activists, writers, poets, artists, sportsmen and musicians – who have helped to shape the character of the Caribbean countries and it deals with places – not only describing the land masses and towns, but also the reefs, depths, channels and currents of the Caribbean sea. Native plants and animals are also included as are the legends and heroes of West Indian folklore.

Antigua and Barbuda: the Heart of the Caribbean covers the qualities that makes Antigua and Barbuda a top tourist destination, including top-class hotels, beaches and a range of sights and activities to suit all tastes. The reader is also introduced to the Antiguan people themselves, their history and culture.

About the Author:

Following a career in the Royal Navy, during which while serving in the Caribbean he met his Antiguan wife, Brian Dyde became a full-time writer in 1985. Since then he has written many books about the West Indies, including island guides and histories, a travel anthology and school textbooks.

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Name: Deborah Eckert (illustrator)

Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family (w/author Sue Appleby). Books Express Publishing. 2013.     

About the Books:

The Hammers of Town: A Nineteenth Century Cornish Family – “In this closely observed and carefully crafted story of the Hammer family in nineteenth-century Cornwall, Sue Appleby explores the life of a Cornish tenant farmer, his wives, and offspring. Drawing upon the rich material of her own family history, she investigates the varying fortunes of her great-grandfather, Philip Hammer of Porthpean, near St Austell, and in so doing brings alive the social history of nineteenth-century Cornwall – including the extraordinary Cornish diaspora which scattered Philip’s sons and daughters as far afield as Australia and South Africa. The tale of one family, it is also the story of Cornwall itself. Appleby tells it with passion and penetrating insight – an important addition to our understanding of Cornwall’s fascinating world-wide heritage.” – Professor Philip Payton, Director, Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus)

About the illustrator:

Deborah Eckert grew up in a military family that came to feel at home anywhere they were posted, relishing whatever they could learn and experience from other people and lands.  This love of diversity and nature has stayed with her throughout her life.  She taught school in places as far-flung as Tanzania, Nepal, Cyprus and Antigua.  Now settled in Antigua, she works to promote tolerance through art, education and music.

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Name: Charles Ephraim

Books:

How to become your own Person: An ABC of Effective Reasoning.

The Pathology of Eurocentrism: The Burdens and Responsibilities of Being Black. Africa World Press. USA. 2003.

About the Books:

This book argues that racism is a symptom of a devastating pathology, ressentiment. The phenomenon of ressentiment, diagnosed as a self-poisoning of the mind arising from the European’s sense of weakness and self-inferiority, was brought to philosophical consciousness by Friedrich Nietzche and given sociological currency by the German phenomenologist, Max Scheler. Ephraim argues that it is also revealed as pathology in Freud’s cultural analyses and in the rationalist interpretation of philosophy of history, particularly Hegel’s version. Tracing the philosophical roots of this pathology to the metaphysics of Plato, which was the first explicit attempt to mark a clear distinction between “superior” and “inferior” forms of reality, the author illustrates how ressentiment manifested its pathological roots in hardened ideology and practice of racism over time. Finally, Ephraim argues that the burden and responsibility of being black in this Eurocentrically conceived world consist, in part, in unlearning the lessons of black inferiority, in attaining self-knowledge by way of coming to terms with the true history of Africa and Africans and in teaching this history to the non-black world, which has to a large extent been infected by the illusion of a universal European value paradigm.
 
About the Author:
Charles Wm. Ephraim (deceased) earned his Ph.D in philosophy from Yale University in 1979, as a distinguished Ford Fellow specializing in the sub-field of existential phenomenology. He has taught at Yale, State University of New York at Purchase, and most recently, at Mercy College as an associate professor of philosophy and religion. He’s taught as well at the Antigua State College and was host of a talk show on radio ZDK.

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Name: Melanie Etherington

Books:

The Antigua and Barbuda Companion. Macmillan. UK. 2002.

About the Book:

With its captivating text and vibrant pictures, The Antigua and Barbuda Companion illuminates the sights, sounds, and smells that make this twin-island state such an appealing vacation destination. This detailed and comprehensive book offers pre-departure travel tips, historical background, information and tips about popular activities, lodging, dining, as well as a listing of events and holidays. It includes the author’s expert advice on must-see sites and how to get the most out of a short trip. Helpful maps and stunning color photography punctuate the indepth text.

About the Author:

Melanie Etherington, originally from England, has lived in Antigua and Barbuda for over 20 years. She is part-owner/director of the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour.

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Name: David U. Farquhar

Books:

Missions and Society in the Leeward Islands, 1810 – 1850: An Ecclesiastical and Social Analysis. Mt. Prospect Press. 1999.

Caribbean Adventures: Extracts from Missionary Journals (editor). Mt. Prospect Press. 1993.

The Church and the Social Order in the British West Indies, 1700 to 1850. 1961.

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Name: Moira Fergusen

Books:

A Human Necklace: the African Diaspora and Paule Marshall’s Fiction. State University of New York Press. 2013.

The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself: Revised Edition (editor w/Mary Prince). University of Michigan Press. 1998.

Jamaica Kincaid: Where the Land Meets the Body. University of Virginia Press. 1994.

The Hart Sisters – Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals (editor w/Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites).  University of Nebraska Press. USA. 1993.

Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jamaica Kincaid: East Caribbean Connections. Columbia University Press. 1993.

Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1832. Routledge. 1992.

About the Books:

Mary Prince was the first black British woman to escape from slavery and publish a record of her experiences. In this unique document, Mary Prince vividly recalls her life as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape to London in 1828. First published in London and Edinburgh in 1831, and well into its third edition that year, The History of Mary Prince inflamed public opinion and created political havoc. Never before had the sufferings and indignities of enslavement been seen through the eyes of a woman–a woman struggling for freedom in the face of great odds. In this revised and expanded edition , Ferguson has added new material, based on her extensive research in Bermuda and London. The book includes new details of Mary Prince’s experiences as a freewoman in England, the transcripts of several libel cases brought against her, and the reactions of British society, as seen in prominent periodicals of the day, against the original publication of The History of Mary Prince. This new material brings greater depth and detail and serves to more fully illustrate and contextualize the life of this remarkable woman.

About the Hart Sisters: Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the “free colored” community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers. This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson’s introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.

As a writer who has been quoted as saying she writes to save her life- that is she couldn’t write, she would be a revolutionary- Antiguan novelist Jamaica Kincaid translates this passion into searing, exhilarating prose. Her weaving of history, autobiography, fiction, and polemic has won her a large readership. In this first book-length study of her work, Moira Ferguson examines all of Kincaid’s writing up to 1992, focusing especially on their entwinement of personal and political identity. In doing so, she draws a parallel between the dynamics of the mother-daughter relationship in Kincaid’s fiction and the more political relationship of the colonizer and the colonized. Ferguson calls this effect the “doubled mother”- a conception of motherhood as both colonial and biological.

About Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft and Jamaica Kincaid: East Caribbean Connections: Against the historical background of slavery and colonialism, this study investigates how white and Afro-Caribbean women writers have responded to feminist, abolitionist and post-emancipationist issues. It aims to reveal a relationship between colonial exploitation and female sexual oppression.

Subject to Others charts the emergence of a colonial discourse in the anti-slavery writing of white British women over two centuries, and analyzes the customarily unheard of and invisible resistances of slaves that resound in every text. Moira Ferguson argues that these women gendered abolitionist arguments by forcing a reevaluation of such familiar anti-slavery thematics as family love, separation, and sexual abuse. She theorizes that this intersection of a feminist impulse with anti-slavery agitation helped secure political self-empowerment for white women while doing fundamental damage to future race relations in Britain. Strong in research and argument, Subject to Others offers a fresh interpretation of abolitionist literary and cultural history.
 
About the Author:

Moira Ferguson is a British born writer and the James E. Ryan Chair in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is only a selected bibliography of her books, specific to ones relevant to Antigua and the Caribbean.

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Name: Nikolas Fuller

Book: The History of Salvage in Antigua. Antigua. 2010.

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Name: David Barry Gaspar

Book:

Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master Slave Relations in Antigua. John Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture, 1985; Duke University Press. 1993.

About the Book:

Originally published in 1985, and available for the first time in paperback, Bondmen & Rebels provides a pioneering study of slave resistance in the Americas. Using the large-scale Antigua slave conspiracy of 1736 as a window into that society, David Barry Gaspar explores the deeper interactive character of the relation between slave resistance and white control.

About the Author:

David Barry Gaspar is Professor of History at Duke University.

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Name: Mary Gleadall

Book: An Antiguan Trading Company – Geo W. Bennett, Bryson & Co. Ltd. 2012.

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Name: Gilly Gobinet

Books:

Caribbean Christmas. Macmillan Heinemann ELT. 2008.

The Cool Caribbean Book of the Top 20 Places in Antigua. Antigua. 2008.

The Cool Caribbean Book of Hot Spices, Luscious Fruit and Heady Herbs. (w/Dr. Anthony Richards and Gilly Gobinet). Antigua. 2007.

The Cool Caribbean Cocktail Book. Antigua. 2007.

The Cool Caribbean Cookery Book. Antigua. 2007.

Village Life: Short Stories (illustrator w/Timothy Payne). Sun Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2003.

About the Author:

Gobinet originally from the UK is both an artist/illustrator and writer.

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Name: H. Akia Gore

 Books:

 Garrote: The Illusion of Social Equality and Political Justice in the United States Virgin Islands.  Wadadli Press. 2009.

About the Book:

An historical accounting of the struggles by Eastern Caribbean nationals to achieve social, economic and political equality in the United States Virgin Islands.

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 Name: Donna Goring

Books:

Dancing in the Dining Room, Antigua West Indies. Authorhouse. Canada. 2004.

About the Book:

Dancing in the Dining Room, Antigua West Indies is the story of one couple’s dream to move to a tiny island in the Caribbean. The story starts with why the author fell in love with Antigua over all the other islands she had visited. It highlights the obstacles and hard work involved when after twenty vacations to their favourite island Donna Goring and her husband Brian move to Antigua to enjoy island life. Once there, she provides an insight into day today life and her views on island life. They encounter many challenges, heartbreak and as they found out it’s not always paradise.

About the Author:

Canadian Donna Goring traveled to Antigua for twenty vacations during which time she wrote travel articles for newspapers and promoted the island at every opportunity. She became a supporter of an on-line newsgroup trying to help the first time traveller pick just the right resort, go the best restaurant ormaybe find that special beach. After finally moving to her favourite island, she wrote emails home describing life and their latest adventures to family andfriends. They in turn encouraged her to write a book so that others could share her story. She lives in Canada.

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Name: Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites

Books:

The Hart Sisters – Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals (edited by Moira Fergusen). University of Nebraska Press. USA. 1993.

About the Books:

This exceptional volume offers for the first time a collection of their writings. Because the records of the Hart sisters are rare and original testimony from black women of the time, they will be of great interest to the modern scholar. Autobiographical and biographical narrative, along with antislavery tracts, hymns, devotional poetry, and religious documents vividly reveal the lives of these courageous women. Their writings illuminate the complex of racial, spiritual, and class- and gender-based divisions, as well as attitudes, of Anglophone Caribbean society. Moira Ferguson’s introduction situates the Hart sisters in historical context and explains how their writings helped establish a specific black Antiguan cultural identity.

About the Authors:

Daughter of a black slaveholder father, Anne Hart Gilbert and Elizabeth Hart Thwaites were among the first educators of slaves and free African Caribbeans in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Antigua. These members of the “free colored” community who married white men and played an active role as educators, antislavery activists, and Methodist evangelicals were also among the first African Caribbean female writers.

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Name: Tim Hector

Works:

Fan the Flame CD collection. 2003.

Note: A book, Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical’s Story (2006. University Press of Mississippi. USA) was written by American, Paul Buhle. See the ‘B’ section of this list.

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Name: Paget Henry

Selected Books:

Shouldering Antigua and Barbuda: The Life of V. C. Bird. Hansib. UK. 2009.

Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy. Routledge. USA. 2000.

Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua. Transaction Books. USA. 1985.

About the Books:

Re Caliban’s Reason: Paget introduces the general reader to Afro-Caribbean philosophy in this ground-breaking work. Since Afro-Caribbean thought is inherently hybrid in nature, he traces the roots of this discourse in traditional African thought and in the Christian and Enlightenment traditions of Western Europe.

About the Author:

Paget Henry is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University. He is co- editor of Newer Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy and Development (1983) and C.L.R. James’ Caribbean (1992).  Dr. Henry is also the editor of the CLR James Journal and the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books (the latter has been publishe d annually since 2008 and includes reviews of books by various Antiguan and Barbudan writers)

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Name: Basil C. Hill

Books:

The Golden Fleece Found. Trafford Publishing. 2006.

About the Book:

The Golden Fleece Found allows doctrines held sacrosanct to be vetted against a true “spirit level.”  The most often asked, yet unanswered questions from over 100 countries are addressed in meticulous details.

About the Author:

Tired of the nightly terror attacks called “Nightmares and Night Terrors,” the writer decided to open his eyes during one such encounter.  To understand what he had seen, he visited all manner of strange places and read every type of mystical and religious book available, searching for answers.  His theory then was that there were either two spiritual worlds, or one spiritual world inhabited by at least two opposing groups. Frustrated with the lack of understanding of spiritual matters after twenty years of digging, the writer visited a Benny Hinn crusade as a cynical reporter and skeptic.  An unusual supernatural experience, a trip to Israel, and an encounter similar to what Saul experienced on the road to Damascus brought the sought-after answers and much more. At one of Israel’s ancient holy sites, a bright light knocked him down and began a conversation.  The writer asked: “Why me?  I am tired of games, half-truths and esoteric riddles.  If you are who I perceive that you are, please tell me why there is so much confusion among your children?  Are we all in endless cycles of lies and delusions?” This response came from within a bright light: “Here Son, receive these keys to my ancient schematic that had been published a long time ago.  In it you will see that I had foreseen all of the shortcomings of my flocks.  That is why I have decreed that all have erred and come short.  Those who postulate that they do not err, I want you to highlight all of their errors.  Do not compromise my word:  I chasten those that I love.” The writer retorted: “How will men know that you have sent me?” The reply: “In the outer pillars of the Temple of Solomon I have published two names.  To those two human pillars I have given letters of restoration.  Translate the names: Jachin and Boaz.”

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Name: Emile Hill

Books:

The Angels Project. 2011.

About the Book:

The product of a 7 year long project was introduced to the Antiguan public. Emile Hill’s Angels Project is an artist’s photographic exploration into the unseen world of angels. Much research and dedication have led to a study into different world views on angels and their functions. All captured through the eyes of an artist.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

A Saint in Everyday Clothes in A letter for My Mother (edited by Nina Foxx). Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2014.

About the Book:

A Letter for My Mother. Whether they’re from the US, Caribbean, India, or the UK, all of the contributors to A Letter for My Mother share one thing in common: thoughts that have been left unsaid to their mothers and mother figures—until now. In this moving book, thirty-three women reveal the stories, reflections, confessions, and revelations they’ve kept to themselves for years and have finally put into words.

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Name: Sylvester Hovey

Books:

Letters from the West Indies. Gould & Newman. NY. 1838.

About the Book:

Covers Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and St. Croix during the apprenticeship period (or in the case of Antigua which did not go through an apprenticeship period, during the post slavery period.

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Name: Albert E. Hughes

Books:

Paradise Commander. CreateSpace. 2012.

About the Book:

In 1977, the British were in final stages, shutting down the last Caribbean island colonies of their 350 year empire.  That year I took command of Antigua Air Station.  We flew right into a never-to-be-repeated time of conversion for West Indies cultures. We were there in the last days, participating first hand in the public life of a proto-nation as Antiguans struggled with the meaning of liberation and consequent responsibility; struggled to find their Spirit of Unity.   Paradise Commander sets the stage and reveals, chapter by chapter, the steady unfolding of radical change; political and cultural conversion for the island peoples and religious conversion for the author.    In the Associated State of Antigua and Barbuda, the meek were about to inherit the earth.

About the Author:

Lt Colonel Hughes, (USAF retired) holds an M.S. (with distinction) in Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an M.M. in Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University (Jesuit) and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  He taught adults for 25 years as a Catholic catechist and retreat master.

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Name:  Jose Humphreys

Books:

A Guide to Caribbean Herbs. 2008.

Dr. J’s Guide to Home Remedies. 2008.

A Passion for Words 3 – Trails Through My Garden. 2008.

A Passion for Words 2 – Mischievous Joe. 2000.

A Passion for Words 1.1999. 

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Name: Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst

Books:

Vere Cornwall Bird: When Power Failed to Corrupt. 2012.

Luther George: The Barack Obama of Antigua and Barbuda. 2010.

Democracy by Diplomacy. 2007. AuthorHouse.

About the Books:

How could tiny states possibly compel changes in US foreign policy? A former Ambassador to the UN, the USA and the OAS answers this question in Democracy by Diplomacy.

About the Author:

Ambassador Lionel A. Hurst has served 15 cumulative years as Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, to the Organizationof American States, and to the United States of America. He is an American-trained lawyer, specializing in international law. He also earned an MBA before law school, specializing in international business; and, he earned an undergraduate degree in international politics at the City University of New York. As a diplomat from a small state, he was instrumental in shaping foreign policy, not only of his country, but of the larger Caribbean region of fourteen states known collectively as CARICOM. Ambassador Hurst was born in Antigua and Barbuda in 1950 when it was still a colony of Britain, and participated in the reshaping of his state and region during the heady years of the 1960s. He writes songs for calypso singers, speeches which he delivers to university audiences and multilateral bodies, and newspaper articles. He is also the host of a well-listened to radio talk-show called Fire and Steel. He is the father of eight children.

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 Name: The International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda

Books:

From Market to Table Volume II. Cookbook Publishers, USA. 2002.

From Market to Table: A Collection of Favourite Recipes compiled from Members and Friends of the American Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda. Cookbook Publishers, USA. 1991.

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Name: Cortroy W. M. Jarvis

Books:

Lighting the Fire: A Book About Relationships. 2007.

The Biblical Leader as Bridge Builder. 2000.

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Name: Hensworth W. C. Jonas

Book: Dancing with Idolatry: are You bowing to a False God. Xulanpress.com. USA. 2009.

About the Book: Idol worshippers today may be of the primitive kind or a little more sophisticated. Some are church members, but their true allegiance is not to the God of the Bible. We can be very creative in deifying what we value the most. We make idols out of anything. Our idols can be ideas, achievements, past times, entertainment, possessions, personalities, and even our own selves. These are worshipped when they become the supreme objects of our devotion, attention, spending, conversation, and relationships. A saving and abiding intimacy with Jesus Christ is the antidote to this poison. “…It is the natural desire for our hearts to be mirrors into which we look and worship ourselves.” Pastor Jonas shows how these mirrors of self must be broken by the truth…” -Don Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky “…Dr. Jonas’ piercing call for reformation and the removal of idols comes not a moment too soon…Dancing with Idolatry will make you “Amen!”…then soberly reflect on your own heart and devotion to God.” -Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cayman Islands “John Calvin refers to the human heart as an idol factory…Hensworth Jonas encourages us to take a close look at this dangerous reality…pull down the idols that already exist there and guard against the manufacture of any more.” -Tom Ascol, Executive Director, Founder’s Ministries

About the author: Hensworth W.C. Jonas, D.Min., has ministered in Antigua & Barbuda as pastor of Central Baptist Church since 1985. He is Executive Director of the East Caribbean Baptist Mission, an agency focused on church planting, educational, radio and television ministries. Dr. Jonas also serves as Presiding Elder of the Baptist Circuit of Churches in Antigua and principal of the Baptist Academy of Antigua (K-12). He and his wife, Vandah, have two children: Joshua and Stephanie.

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Name: Gulliver Johnson and Janie Conley-Johnson

Books: Table Manners: A Culinary Review of Hospitality in Antigua and Barbuda. Leeward Consultants & Associates Ltd. Antigua. 2011.

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Name: Lanaghan, Mrs.

Books:

Antigua and the Antiguans Vols. I & II: A Full Account of the Colony and Its Inhabitants From the Time of the Caribs to the Present Day, Interspersed with Anecdotes and Legends. Also, an Impartial View of Slavery and the Free Labour Systems; the Statistics of the Island, and Biographical Notices of the Principal Families. 1844; Reissued by Biddles of Guildford, 1980; Macmillan, 1991; Kessinger Publishing, 2007; Nubu Press, 2011.

About the Books:

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.

About the Author:

Mrs. Lanaghan (sometimes cited as Mrs. Flannigan) was an Irish visitor who travelled to the island in the early 1800s.

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 Name: Joy Lawrence

Books:

The Footprints of Parham: the History of a  Small Antiguan Town and its Influence. Antigua. 2013.

The History of Bethesda and Christian Hill: Our History and Culture. Antigua. 2008.

Colours and Rhythms of Selected Caribbean Creoles. Antigua. 2003.

The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways. Antigua. 2002, 2003.

Island Spice. Antigua. 1996. 1997.

About the Author:

Read her exclusive Wadadli Pen interview here.

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Name: Hon. Priest Kailash K. Leonce

Books:

The Herbal Manual.

The Sugar Baby – Naturally Eradicating Diabetes.

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Name: Margaret G. Lockett

 Books:

Antigua Then: Scenes from a West Indian Childhood. Antigua Press. USA. 2001.

About the Book:

Antigua Then: Scenes from a West Indian Childhood was written by an 82-year old woman of her years as a child and adult on the island of Antigua in the British West Indies between 1920 and 1945. Taken there from Britain as an infant when her father became a partner in a firm that owned sugar estates and other commercial enterprises on the island, she recalls personal and family life but also deals with the history of the area, the government, and the problems of an island with too large a population, the aftermath of long gone slavery.

About the Author:

Margaret Lockett is an English woman who met her husband on Antigua while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. She now lives in Seattle.

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Name: Myrtle Looby

Looby is originally from Tobago but has lived in Antigua where she has been involved with groups like the Professional Organization for Women in Antigua and Barbuda. She’s also a member of the Professional Women’s Network under whose banner she’s collaborated on several self-help books.

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Name: Yvonne Maginley

Books:

Vines of Freedom (w/Novelle H. Richards). N. H. Richards. 1983.

About the Author:

Yvonne Maginley is a former Director General of Tourism in Antigua and Barbuda and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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Name: J. Marrat

Books: In the Tropics. Wesleyan Conference, London. 1881.

About the Books:

Descriptions of life in Wesleyan Missions in Antigua, Barbados, Br. Guiana and Tobago.

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Name: Monica Matthew

Books:

Journeycakes: Memories with My Antiguan Mama. Gray’s Farm Publishing. 2008.

About the Book:

Part of who we become in adulthood is owed to the parental guidance and care experienced as children.  Whether the influence is from our biological parents or from other adults who assume the role, each person has memories of that journey.   Monica Matthew relives these memories of growing up with her adopted mother in Antigua.  She focuses particularly on love when she was either unaware of its existence, misinterpreted its lessons, or doubted its presence.  Journeycakes allows readers to search for treasures in their own journey with parents or as a parent.  It’s hard to read of Mama May without reflecting on your own Tanty, Mammy, or other strong maternal figure.    The stories are filled with the richness of an Antiguan experience during the ’60s, ’70s and beyond, mingled with the sweet sounding vernacular, traditions and scenery of the island as the author looks back at Mama May’s actions with a mature understanding.

About the Author:

Monica Matthew was born in Antigua in the Caribbean.  She has taught high school students in Antigua and the British Virgin islands.  In her spare time, she writes and performs poetry and story telling.  This book is about her journey with her adoptive mother, Mary Ambrose, from the age of 19 months when her biological mother passed away. Ms Matthew is also a professionally trained chef and loves Bikram yoga during her spare time.

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Name: Leon Matthias

Books:

Susanna the Kid Preacher. 2010.

Down Punty Hill. 2008.

Gracefield A Northern Star. 2005.

The Winds of Change. 1999.

Tales from the Hill. 1997. USVI.

Against the Odds. 1996.Friedensberg Moravian Church. USVI. 

The Boy from Popeshead. 1995.

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Name: Ernest S. Merrill-Boyd

Books:

Wisdom Sayings for our Troubling Times. Trafford Publishing. Canada. 2008.

About the Book:

Wisdom Sayings for Our Troubling Times was carefully selected and compiled for those of us who sometimes go through unbalanced spiritual moments we sometimes have to endure. It not only provide man’s wisdom and insight but also the wisdom and guidance of God.

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Name: Bernard Moitt

Books:

Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635 – 1848. Indiana University Press. USA. 2001.

About the Book:

In Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635–1848, Bernard Moitt argues that gender had a profound effect on the slave plantation system in the French Antilles. He details and analyzes the social condition of enslaved black women in the plantation societies of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), and French Guiana from 1635 to the abolition of slavery in the French colonial empire in 1848. Moitt examines the lives of black women in bondage, evaluates the impact that the slave experience had on them, and assesses the ways in which women reacted to and coped with slavery in the French Caribbean for over two centuries.

About the Author:

Bernard Moitt is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Previously, he taught at the University of Toronto and at Utica College of Syracuse University. Educated in Antigua (where he was born), Canada, and the United States, he has written on aspects of francophone African and Caribbean history, with particular emphasis on gender and slavery.

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Name: Hyacinth Mottley

Book:

Words of Wisdom – Words of Faith. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

About the Book:

This book is based on the life experiences of 97 year old Hyacinth Mottley. It is filled with words of wisdom and nuggets of faith that we can all use as a guide for difficult and challenging times.  In this book, she reveals her thoughts and perspectives on how we can live our lives successfully. She even gives us some of her personal prayers that she has used over a lifetime to guide and protect herself and her son.

About the Author:

Hyacinth Mottley was born in Barbados on May 13, 1914. In her mid-twenties, she left her job as a school teacher and embarked on a remarkable journey that took her to several Caribbean islands where she gained many interesting life experiences.  From her father, a member of the Free Masons and a sailor who had traveled the world, she heard many exciting stories and learned powerful and often mystical lessons of life… lessons that she would later use for herself and to empower others.  Ms. Mottley finally settled in Antigua where she used the lessons her father had taught to carve out her own life. It was a life, at first of struggle – but later of service – spent helping those who needed her deep insight and wise counsel.

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Name: Marcus Mottley

Book:

Feel the Fear and Speak Anyway: How to go from Fearless to Flawless to Fantastic Public Speaking. CreateSpace. USA. 2013.

Ask, Seek, Knock!: How To Use Powerful Questions In Your Quest For Success (Volume 1). CreatSpace. USA. 2013.

Drug Prevention For Parents: How To Drug & Alcohol Proof Your Children. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

Ethics and Professional Development for Addiction Counselors: Principles, Guidelines, and Issues for Training, Licensing, Certification, and Re-Certification. CreateSpace. USA. 2012.

An Anthology of Radical Thoughts and Empowering Perspectives. CreateSpace. USA. 2010.

About the Book:

Feel the Fear and Speak Anyway will help you to conquer your fear of public speaking! You will get rid of the butterflies in your stomach! No tremor in your voice; No shaking hands; No unusual sweating; No fumbling and mumbling; No dry lips and foggy brain; No negative self-talk; No dread and no phobia!

Ask, Seek Knock by Marcus M. Mottley, is much more than a powerful inspirational and motivational book. Why? Because you receive excellent, practical and proven strategies and techniques that helps you achieve the levels of personal power and success that you desire.

In Ethics & Professional Development for Addiction Counselors, Dr. Marcus Mottley defines and clarifies a wide number of ethical issues and dilemmas involving conflicts of interest, boundary issues, confidentiality, professional behaviors and the core obligations, roles and responsibilities of addiction counselors. Counselors will also gain insights and get clarification on key topics such as documentation, self-disclosure, dual relationships, cultural competence and HIPAA guidelines.  Ethics & Professional Development for Addiction Counselors is a concise manual that includes the twelve principles of ethics, eleven principles of professional development and key guidelines, issues and information that are part of the core knowledge requirements for the licensing, certification and re-certification of addiction counselors.

In Radical Thoughts – Empowering Perspectives, Marcus Mottley has put together a collection of his thoughts and ideas spanning more than 25 years. He comments on social, educational, political and psychological issues relevant not only to his native country of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Diaspora, but applicable to matters on a geopolitical scale.

About the Author:

Dr. Mottley, a Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, Certified Seminar Leader, corporate trainer and an experienced Toastmasters (District 36) Public Speaking Champion, coaches you through all the exercises in an easy to follow, conversational method.

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Name: H.Adlai Murdoch

Selected Books:  

Creolizing the Metropole: Migrant Caribbean Identities in Literature and Film (Blacks in the Diaspora). Indiana University Press. 2012.

Post Colonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies (w/co-editor Anne Donadey). University Press of Florida. USA. 2004.

 Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel. University Press of Florida. 2001.

About the Books:

Creolizing the Metropole is a comparative study of postwar West Indian migration to the former colonial capitals of Paris and London. It studies the effects of this population shift on national and cultural identity and traces the postcolonial Caribbean experience through analyses of the concepts of identity and diaspora. Through close readings of selected literary works and film, H. Adlai Murdoch explores the ways in which these immigrants and their descendants represented their metropolitan identities. Though British immigrants were colonial subjects and, later, residents of British Commonwealth nations, and the French arrivals from the overseas departments were citizens of France by law, both groups became subject to otherness and exclusion stemming from their ethnicities. Murdoch examines this phenomenon and the questions it raises about borders and boundaries, nationality and belonging.

Post Colonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies brings together methods and insights taken from literary criticism, cultural studies, philosophy, theory, film studies, and linguistics to define new parameters of study for the emerging field of francophone postcolonial studies. While francophone writings share some characteristics indicative of postcolonial literatures in general, they also have their own unique set of characteristics, including issues of migration, stereotyping, continued relationships with France, and creolization. This book gathers together some of the best-known francophone literary scholars to examine various francophone texts through a postcolonial lens.

In Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel, Adlai Murdoch offers a detailed rereading of five major contemporary French Caribbean writers–Glissant, Condé, Maximin, Dracius-Pinalie, and Chamoiseau. Emphasizing the role of narrative in fashioning the cultural and political doubleness of Caribbean Creole identity, Murdoch shows how these authors actively rewrite their own colonially driven history.

About the Author:

H. Adlai Murdoch is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literature and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Name: K. C. Nash

Books:

St. Martin/Sint Maarten Island (Travel Aventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2012.

Anguilla (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

St. Barts (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

St. Kitts & Nevis (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

Antigua, Barbuda & Montserrat (Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2011.

Leeward Islands Adventure Guide (3rd edition, Travel Adventures). Hunter Publishing. USA. 2008.

Landscapes of Gran Canaria. Hunter Publishing. USA 1986.

About the Books:

Adventure Guides: Everything you need to know about where to stay, where to dine, and how to have fun is here. With color photos on every page.

About the Author:

The American author is a professional travel writer with years of experience in writing feature stories for magazines and newspapers. She lives in Antigua and frequently travels throughout the region to explore new developments.

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Name: Isaac James Newton

Books:

Face Life Squarely. 2003.

Intimate Intimacy. 2003.

Tourism and Education Reform: A Case Study of Antigua. Columbia University. 1999.

Fix it Preacher. 1995.

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Name: Joseph Emanuel Nicholas

The Moravians at Greenbay: A Story of Church and School. Brentwood Christian Press, Columbus, Georgia. 2009.

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Name: Desmond V. Nicholson

 Selected Books:

Heritage Treasures of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua & Barbuda. 2007.

Africans to Antiguans: The Slavery Experience (w/Edward T. Henry). Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 2003.

English Harbour: the First 2000 Years. Dockyard Museum, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. 2002.

The Shipwrecks of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 2002.

Scratch and Tell: Sailor’s Graffitti from English Harbour. 1999.

Antigua and Barbuda: A Photographic Journey (contributor w/author and photographer Jill Bobrow and Dana Jinkins, respectively). Concepts Publishing. 1999.

Heritage Landmarks of Antigua and Barbuda. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1994, 2001.

Antigua and Barbuda Forts. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1994.

Mud and Blood: Artifacts from English Harbour Dredging & the Naval Hospital Site. 1993.

The Archeology of Antigua and Barbuda. 1993.

The Story of English Harbour. Historical and Archeological Society. Antigua. 1991.

Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda: A Historical Sketch. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. 1991.

Afro-Antiguan Folk Pottery and Emancipation. 1990.

Antigua: Reefs, Rocks and Highroads of History (w/H. Gray Weiss, and Malcolm P.). 1986.

Place Names in Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua Archeological and Historical Society. 1984.

English Harbour, Antigua: An Historical and Archeological Sketch. Antigua Archeological Society. 1983.

The Story of the Arawaks in Antigua and Barbuda. Linden Press. 1983.

The Dating of West Indian Historical Sites by Ceramic Analysis. 1979.

PreColumbian Seafaring Capabilities in the Lesser Antilles. 1976.

About the Books:

Re Antigua and Barbuda: A Photographic Journey: In addition to having a rich history, illuminated by resident Desmond Nicholson’s historical essay, Antigua is well known as the yachting and charter center of the Caribbean. One can cruise around Antigua and Barbuda for two weeks without stopping at the same anchorage twice. Jill Bobrow and Dana Jinkins have been coming to these islands for the past twenty-five years. This book is their homage to them.

Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda: A Historical Sketch was described by the author as “an overview – encompassing as it does in abbreviated style a chronicle of centuries of life on the islands.”

About the Author:

Desmond Vernon Nicholson (deceased) “has been the driving force in helping Antigua record its rich history on paper for many decades.” (Antiguanice) To carry on his mission – “Knowledge of any value must be communicated”, the family set up an endowment fund be established to support the research libraries at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and the Dockyard Museum, both of which he founded.

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Name: Koren Norton

Books:

You can do it! Createspace. 2012.

On Becoming a Fulfilled Woman: A Handbook for Female Employment. WingSpan Publishing. 2009.

About the Books:

You can do it! is an affirmation that we all need to hear from time to time. We need to be reminded that with effort and the right attitude, we can accomplish great things. This book will teach you how to identify your mission and vision, how to assess your strengths, what kind of people to surround yourself with and you will be challenged with weekly activities to put what you learn into practice.  Here is your own personal life coach offering you 52 weeks of guidance on issues that could change your life!

Reading On Becoming a Fulfilled Woman tells you: How to use your natural talents and abilities to achieve success  How to improve your financial stability; How to be the best employee your company will ever have; What your words, actions and appearance say about you; How to be a good listener and improve your relationships; The importance of self care.

About the Author:

Koren is an author, social worker and life coach who has worked with hundreds of persons who had a desire to improve the quality of their lives. She maintains a regular schedule of writing articles and conducting workshops that helps people to live more successful lives. Her website is http://www.korennorton.com

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Name: Vere Langford Oliver

Books:

The History of the Island of Antigua, One of the Leeward Caribees in the West Indies, From the First Settlement in 1635 to Present Time. 1894-96-99. Mitchell and Hughes. London. (subsequent reprinting dates unavailable).

About the Book:

A valuable resource; full of detailed general history, family geneologies, and island records.

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Name: Dorbrene O’Marde

Book:

*see Fiction, screenwriting, and songs for his other listings

Nobody Go Run Me: The Life and Times of Sir Mclean Emmanuel. Hansib. UK. 2013.

About the Book:

This important biography of Antigua’s greatest calypsonian is also an in-depth study of the culture and socio-political history of Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean. The traditional ‘Caribbean song’ and its creators are treated with dignity and deep appreciation. The result is an essential and long overdue addition to the study of calypso. This is a must-read for calypso lovers, but there is something here for everyone – from the casual reader with interest in Caribbean music and culture to the students and teachers of Caribbean sociology and cultural studies.

About the Author:

Synonymous with quality theatre in Antigua and Barbuda in theatre’s heyday (i.e. the 1970s to early 1980s), Dorbrene O’Marde’s Harambee Open Air Theatre is “considered the most important group of recent times” (from The Cambridge Guide to Theatre by Martin Banham). On stage, O’Marde – also a calypso writer, publisher of Calypso Talk magazine, social and political commentarian and activist, and more – wrote and directed Badplay, Homecoming, For Real: A Caribbean Play in Three Acts (1976), Fly on the Wall (1977), The Minister’s Daughter, We Nativity, Tangled Web, and The World Spin One Way; and directed several others (in addition to his other cultural and artistic work)BIOGRAPHY deo 2010 . He is also the author of the novel Send Out Your Hand.

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Name: Fred Olsen

Book: Indian Creek Arawak Site in the West Indies 1973: Excavation by Yale University and the Antigua Archeological Society. University of Oklahoma Press . USA. 1974.

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Name: W. A. Patton

Books:

Down the Islands – A Voyage to the Caribees. 1899.

About the Book:

An illustrated description of several islands including Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, St Kitts and St Lucia. A classic early work on the Caribbean.

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Name: Timothy Payne

Books:

Village Life. Sun Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2003.

About the Author:

Timothy Payne was born in Barnes Hill, Antigua. He is a former editor of the Antigua Sun and a photographer.

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Name: Chris Pratt

Books:

The Wild Plants of Antigua and Barbuda (w/Kevel Lindsey, Melanie Pearson, and Carolyn Thomas). Environmental Awareness Group. 2010.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park: Guide to Plants and Historical Sites on the Trail. Environmental Awareness Group. 2008.

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Name: Mary Prince

Books:

The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself. 1831, London and Edinburgh. revised edition (edited by Moira Fergusen). 1998.

About the Books:

Mary Prince was the first black British woman to escape from slavery and publish a record of her experiences. In this unique document, Mary Prince vividly recalls her life as a slave in Bermuda, Turks Island, and Antigua, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape to London in 1828. First published in London and Edinburgh in 1831, and well into its third edition that year, The History of Mary Prince inflamed public opinion and created political havoc. Never before had the sufferings and indignities of enslavement been seen through the eyes of a woman–a woman struggling for freedom in the face of great odds. The revised and expanded edition by Ferguson has added new material, based on her extensive research in Bermuda and London; including new details of Mary Prince’s experiences as a freewoman in England, the transcripts of several libel cases brought against her, and the reactions of British society, as seen in prominent periodicals of the day, against the original publication of The History of Mary Prince. This new material brings greater depth and detail and serves to more fully illustrate and contextualize the life of this remarkable woman.

About the Author:

Mary Prince (1788) was born into slavery in Brackish Pond, which is now known as Devonshire Marsh, in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. She spent part of her enslavement in Antigua. The published story of her slavery was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in England and the book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement.

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Name: Dave Ray

Books:

What is Good Hair? New Milford Printing CT. USA. 2010.

Customer Service is…: A Cliff Note from the Mind Your Business Series. Authorhouse. USA. 2010.

Mind Your Business: A Reference Start-up and Operational Guide. Evad Yar Publications. USA. 2009.

About the Books:

What is Good Hair? is marketed to stylists who wish comprehend the “Science of Hair & Scalp Disorders” & “Chemistry for the Cosmetologist”.

Customer Service is… is self improvement book which is intended to harness the skills of communication between the customer and the service provider. Once you read and reread this well thought out piece, you are expected to modify your approach as it relates to servicing the public. One does not have to be in a five-star setting to receive great service. It is accomplishable at a human level.

About the Author:

Dave Ray aka “The Beauty Surgeon” is an international award-winning stylist/educator/platform artist/author. He has over thirty years in the industry and has won almost every nationally recognized beauty competition in the United States of America: The Bronner Brothers Beauty Show, Atlanta – The Proud Lady Beauty Show in Chicago, Illinois, to name a few. He is a selected member of the five-man US Black Trophy Styling Team. They have won competitions in Paris, France, Shanghai, China, & Milan, Italy. Dave has been formally trained by the gurus such as: Thomas Hayden, John Atchison, Pivot Point, Vidal Sassoon, Jingles, Clairol Professional, Dudley Cosmetology University, the late Jim Williams & Olive Lee Benson. He also trains upscale hairdressers for some major competitions. Dave holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Lehman College (CUNY) Bronx New York. He has mastered his craft attaining a PhD in Clinical Trichology.Dave is a Board Certified Master Colorist/Former Regional Training Director for Mizani/L’Oreal USA traveling throughout the USA facilitating seminars on their behalf. He also runs a successful Professional Salon & Spa along with a Training Facility in New York. The Beauty Surgeon also consults for a number of hair and beauty companies such as S C Direct/ Boston, Massachusetts, featuring Star Jones Wigs, Beverly Johnson and Dianne Carrol Wigs; Sensationnel, makers of fabulous weaves and braids, Shake N Go Fashions/Milky Way/Izunami Ceramic Irons and Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. He is also featured in Chris Rock’s HBO Documentary, “Good Hair”. Dave is now an official judge for all the major competitions around the United States. Hair stylists retain him for his wealth of knowledge in the industry on Platform Artistry, Salon Management, Hair-Color and Avante Garde Competition techniques. Dave was honored with “Cosmetologist of the Year Award 2006″ by the New York State Beauty Culturist Association. He hails from the island of Antigua.

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Name: Novelle H. Richards

Books:

Vines of Freedom (w/Yvonne Maginley). N. H. Richards. 1983.

Tropic Gems. Vantage Press. 1971.

Twilight Hour. Vantage Press. 1971.

 The Struggle and the Conquest[Twenty Five Years of Social Democracy in Antigua]. West Indies Federal Labour Party. 1960.

About the Books:

The Struggle and the Conquest is the history of the Island Nation of Antigua & Barbuda, its trade union, and the islands’ struggle for independence.

About the Author:

Sir Novelle Hamilton Richards, K.G.C.N. was born on 24th November, 1917, in the historic village of Liberta. He attended the Grace Hill and the Antigua Grammar Schools and the London Polytechnic Institute in England. At the London Polytechnic, Novelle successfully pursued the Diploma Course in Journalism. Following the attainment of Independence from Great Britain, he was elected first President of the Antigua and Barbuda Senate and later that same year, he was appointed by the Governments of the East Caribbean to be the first Diplomatic Trade Commissioner to Canada. He  was the composer of the lyrics of the National Anthem  of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Vivian Richards and Bob Harris

Books:

Sir Vivian: The Definitive Autobiography. 2002. Penguin. UK.

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Name: Dr. George Roberts

Books:

I Just Want to Follow Jesus: An Anthology of Hymns, Caribbean Style 

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Name: Hewlester A. Samuel Sr.

Books:

The Birth of the Village of Liberta, Antigua. Llumina Press. 2007.

About the Book:

This is the true story of the Africans enslaved on Antigua, on the plantations in and around the village of Liberta before it was formed. Dehumanized, unchurched, and worked like animals, they suffered like all other slaves in the New World.There came to the island a group of Moravian missionaries, who worked with the slaves of the plantations in the years of their oppression. While teaching Christianity, these missionaries strived to create better conditions for the blacks. Then, in 1834, came emancipation, and the village of Liberta was born. This is the story of black Antiguans’ progress from slavery to freedom, and the transformation of a slave culture into a free society–a culturally, socially, and economically thriving community. With details on many of the historical sites, this is a story of survival, hope, and liberation.

About the Author:

Hewlester A. Samuel was born in Liberta Village, Antigua. He has always had an avid interest in history, in particular the history of his home island. He has scoured many history books and researched artifacts that date back to the beginning of slavery.Samuel attended Libertan public schools, then attended the West Indies School of Theology in Trinidad. He currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife Anita and their three children. A retired real estate broker, he also served as a pastor for over fifty years.

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Name: Janet Schaw

Books:

Journal of a Lady of Quality. (originally published in the 1700s) Yale University Press (edition), 1939. Bison Book (edition), 2005.

About the Book:

Alexander and Janet Schaw, Scottish siblings, began a journey in 1774 that would take them from Edinburgh to the Caribbean Islands and then to America. Part of the early wave of Scottish colonization, the pair visited family and friends who had already established themselves in the colonies. Journal of a Lady of Quality is Janet Schaw’s account of this voyage through letters to a friend in Scotland. The letters describe the sights, scenery, and social life she encountered, but they also reveal the political atmosphere of an America on the verge of revolution. Stephen Carl Arch provides a new introduction for the Bison Books edition.

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Name: Bandelee MaatRa SetepenRa 

Books:

Kujichagulia – Self Determination. 2009. 3rd-Eye-Studios. Antigua.

Modern Antiguan Society: The Self-Propelled Glory of the Slave Master’s Dream. 3rd-Eye-Studios.Antigua. 2005.

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Name: Rosalyn Simon

 Books:

God’s Remedies Around Us. Antigua. 2005.

blessing the book

 About the Author:

Roslyn is also the owner of Rosmac’s Garden in Johnsons Point.

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 Name: Colleen Simpson

Book: A Lickle Bit A Dis & A Lickle Bit A Dat.  2004.

About the Author:

Simpson, a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, had stints at several hotels in Antigua and abroad; and worked at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute before going on to become executive chef of the Antigua and Barbuda government’s school meals programme. She is a regular judge of the Mango Fest annual cooking competition.

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Name: Ineta Skepple

 Book:

Our Caribbean Heritage in Context: Stories about Hermitage and Hawkes Bill Estate. 2005.

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Name: Fernando Smith

Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour 2 The Life and Times of Samuel Smith an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Keithlyn B. Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2003.

To Shoot Hard Labour The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Keithlyn Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1986.

About the Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour is the oral history of post Emancipation Antigua as told by the authors’ grandfather.

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Name: Keithlyn B. Smith

Books:

Symbol of Courage. Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2006.

To Shoot Hard Labour 2 The Life and Times of Samuel Smith an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Fernando Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 2003.

No Easy Pushover: A History of the Working People of Antigua and Barbuda 1836 – 1994. Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1994.

 To Shoot Hard Labour The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan working man 1877 – 1982. (w/Fernando Smith). Edan’s Publishers. Canada. 1986.

About the Books:

To Shoot Hard Labour is the oral history of post Emancipation Antigua as told by the authors’ grandfather.

About the Author:

Keithlyn Smith was a trade unionist and senator for many years, and is a retired general secretay of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union.

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Name: Emily Vanessa Spencer Knight

Books:

Growing up in All Saints Village, Antigua. Xlibris Corporation. 2009.

About the Book:

This book is intended for persons living in Antigua in general but more particularly for those living in All Saints at present and to give some historical background of the All Saints in which the author grew up, between the 1940s and 1960s. The vast developments which have taken place on all sides since then have changed the features of the village altogether. It should not be regarded as a complete history of All Saints of the Forties and Sixties, but recollections only, of this Author. She hopes that it will trigger some interest, arouse curiosity to the extent that it will encourage someone to do some research and pick up from where I have left off.

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Name: Gwen Tonge

Books:

Cooking Magic. Antigua. (second edition) 1992.

Cooking Antigua’s Foods. Antigua. 1973.

About the Author:

Gwen Tonge was the long time host of the nation and possibly the region’s longest running cooking show Cooking Magic on ABS TV. She was also an educator and head of the Women’s Desk. She died in 2012 at 88 years.

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Name: Claude Turner

Books:

Multiresolution Analysis for Effective Dynamic Bandwidth Management: Using Wavelets and Traffic Prediction to Meet Quality of Service Needs of Network Applications. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. USA. 2009.

About the Book:

In recent years, growing processing power and  bandwidth have stimulated a new breed of network  applications requiring the development of more  sophisticated traffic management algorithms to meet  their stringent QoS needs. One of the main obstacles  to improving QoS is congestion at network nodes. It  is believe that bandwidth prediction is a key  component to reducing congestion and thereby the  improvement of QoS.  This work proposes an effective bandwidth management  approach based on the discrete wavelet transform  (DWT). The approach hinges on the results of recent  studies showing that while network traffic consists  of both long- and short-term dependence, its wavelet  coefficients are short-term dependent only. The DWT  decomposes the traffic into a low-frequency  component and high frequency components. The low- frequency component of the traffic, are significant  for long-term traffic behavior and, hence, for  bandwidth allocation. The high-frequency components  are significant in the short-term behavior of the  traffic and, hence, for buffer-allocation.

About the Author:

Claude Turner is an Assistant Professor with the Dept. of Computer Science at Bowie State University in Maryland. He earned his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include Bandwidth Management, Network Engineering, and Computer Security.

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Name: Regina Vincent Clark

Books:

Yes, God, I’m Listening. JCV  Communications. 2002.

From Grandmother with Love (w/illustrator Layaalis Kali-Ma). JCV  Communications. 2004.

Answering God’s Wake up Call: A 100 Day Journey with the Holy Spirit. XLIBRIS. 2013.

About the Book:

Yes, God, I’m listening is a collection of prayers, poems, essays, scriptures and other inspirational messages that will uplift and soothing a healing heart. Although written from a personal perspective, Yes, God, I’m Listening is for all readers because it addresses issues and concerns that we all go through. The book encourages each reader to establish a loving, listening, personal relationship with God.

From Grandmother with Love is a nicely illustrated book for grandchildren and grandparents! Compares grandmothering of today with the days of long ago. Poetic, funny, true to life.

About the Author:

Dr. Regina Vincent Clark is a writer/poet living in Antigua, West Indies. A native of Talladega, AL, she has published four books and two spoken word CDs. Dr. Clark enjoys God’s use of her voice as a freelancer to speak on injustice/equality and to share motivational and inspiring messages especially for young people. Regina says she seeks to let her light shine so that others will see the works of the Heavenly Father.

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Name: Cecil Wade

Book: The UPP Government in Eclipse. 2012.

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Name: Selvyn Walter

Books:

Bank Alley Tales. 1995.

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Name: Martha Watkins-Gilkes

Books:

Shipwrecks of the Caribbean. Macmillan. UK. 2002.

 Diving Guide to the Eastern Caribbean. Hunter Pub Inc.1994.

About the Books:

Martha Watkins Gilkes has traveled the length and breadth of the region to document the Shipwrecks of the Caribbean. She unravels the mystery behind many of these wrecks-from the infamous disasters to the long forgotten. She also has explored and written about many of the ships that have been deliberately sunk in recent years, offering unique homes for underwater creatures and marine plants. In this practical and informative guide, the shipwrecks of each island are explored in turn offering history, trivia, advice, and location details. With a foreward by Stan Waterman.

The Diving Guide of the Eastern Caribbean is intended to open up the world of scuba diving to many remote places where diving is beginning to develop. The author has dived every island mentioned but also enlisted the guidance of established dive operators, instructors and dive masters to describe their favourite locations. Forwarded by Stan Waterman and Peter Benchley,  the book is a practical hands on diving  guide.

About the Author:

Martha Watkins Gilkes has lived and traveled in the Eastern  Caribbean for over 25 years: from the more  well known islands like Barbados to the remote islands like Anguilla.  She is also an activist with respect to the marine environment.

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Name: Floree Williams

Books:

Pink Tea Cups and Blue Dresses. Second edition Seaburn Publishing. America. 2007, 2008.

About the Books:

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses is a collection of short stories chronicling the childhood and high school life of author Floree Williams. Pink teacups represents the childhood years where the author identifies strongly with girlhood and blue dresses represents the author s high school uniform.

About the Author:

Floree Williams enjoys the small things in life, happiness; laughter, smiles and the company of friends. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.” She is also the author of a fictional work, Through the Window. Floree is a true island woman, who is proud to call Antigua her home.

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Name: Michelle Williams-Angmor

Books: My IT Notes (seven book series). Antigua. 2011.

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Name: Sharon R. Wilson-Strann

Books:

Poetry for the CSEC English B Examination. Macmillan Education. UK. 2008.

About the Author:

Sharon also writes fiction (Healing Hearts Series’ He’s So Into You) as Roxy Wilson. She is an educator.

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Name: Warren Woodberry

Books:

For We are Strangers. 2001.

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Name: Roderick Wynter

Books:

Well Done, Sir Luther. Lulu Publishing. 2009.

About the Book:

Well Done, Sir Luther is an autobiographical, firsthand account of the life and accomplishments of Sir Luther Wynter from the perspective of his nephew, Dr. Roderick Wynter. Drawing upon a lifetime of documents, photographs and memories, Dr. Wynter has written a moving and penetrating memoir that details Sir Luther’s struggles as a young man working his way toward becoming one of only a few black physicians in the West Indies through to his eventual Knighthood and beyond. Along the way, Dr. Wynter notes his own struggles and experiences as Sir Luther’s nephew and as an emerging physician in his own right. Equal parts autobiography and memoir, Well Done, Sir Luther is a revealing portrait of the best and worst of times in the life of one of the most important Antiguan-Jamaicans of the 20th Century.

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Name: Deng Yan Zhang

Books:

Antiguan Shallow Water Sea Shells (w/foreword by R. Janowsky). MdM Publishing, Wellington, FL, USA. 2011.

About the Book:

A book about the marine shells of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea covering 963 species in 452 genera and 154 families found by the author over a period of 18 years. Many of these shells are the first photographed specimens of their kind to be found in any book.

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WADADLI PEN WINNERS THROUGH THE YEARS – STORY LINKS

To see the winners through the years, you can click on the individual year in the drop down menu on the main page, and, of course, you can also use our search feature. But I thought it might be convenient (and appropriate) to have an easy and convenient listing of all the winners (writers only) from a single space in the section on Antigua and Barbuda Writings as well. So, here goes.

2004

Verdanci Benta (Shirley’s New Roommate)

Gemma George (Stray Dog Prepares for the Storm)

Siena K. Margrie Hunt (A Nuclear Family Explosion)

Liscia Lawrence (The Day I saw Evil)

Lia Nicholson (Tekin’ Ahn Dey!)

Damani Tabor (The Irate Beggar)

2005

Rilys Adams (Fictional Reality)

Chatrisse Beazer (A Scary Night)

Verdanci Benta (Boysie’s Fixed Account)

Kennella Charles (Awaken to the Night)

Debesha S. A. Grant (Blue Mountain Hike)

Liscia Lawrence (Misinterpreted)

Sarah Ann Li (Lucky Dollar)

Sandrena Martin (The Torturer)

2006

Rilys Adams (Unheard)

Chatrisse Beazer (The Rescue)

Verdanci Benta (The Village Obeah Woman)

Ayoka [Angelica] O’Donoghue (Road Trip to Paradise)

Rosalie Amelia Richards (The Creation)

Kemal Osmel Nicholson (Ma Belle)

Blair A. Rose (The Day I became a Man)

2010

One of the top art entries from 2010.

One of the top art entries from 2010.

 

 

 

 

Terrikia Benjamin (Happy to be Black)

Shakeema Edwards (Skin Deep)

Hilesha S. Humphreys (Black and Beautiful)

 

2011

Art from the 2011 Challenge in which the writers had to write children's stories and the artists had to create illustrations for the top stories. This is one of two by that year's adult art winner Hudle Jennings.

Art from the 2011 Challenge in which the writers had to write children’s stories and the artists had to create illustrations for the top stories. This is one of two by that year’s adult art winner Hudle Jennings, an illustration for the story Sands and Butterflies.

Chatrisse Beazer (The Legend of Banana Boy)

SA Dixon (Cocos Nucifera)

Shakeema Edwards (The Curse of the Kumina)

Orique Gordon (The Lost Coin)

Zuri Holder (The Scary Night)

Ardis Lavelle (Pre School Days)

Keillia Mentor (Mongoose in a Hole)

Devra Thomas (Sands and Butterflies)

Latisha Walker-Jacobs (Market Day)

2012

Vega Armstrong (The Legend of the Sea Lords)

Naleka Beckford (Origin)

Akeile Benjamin (The Adventures of Mr. Coconut)

Ariel Dunnah (Angela’s Baby and Every Rose has its Thorn)

Darryl George (Snowcone Melancholia)

Aarati Jagdeo (The Yard and Thirty-Six Hundred)

Jordee Josiah (Let’s Dance)

Karenna Nicholson (The Caribbean Flavour)

Rosalie A. Richards (Smitten)

Tiffany Smith (The Colour Red and The Untitled)

2013

The challenge in 2013 was to create anansi characters - it was in fact an audition for  a possible assignment for a forthcoming book. Garvin Benjamin had the top art entries. This is his version of Ms. Anansi.

The challenge in 2013 was to create anansi characters – it was in fact an audition for a possible assignment for a forthcoming book. Garvin Benjamin had the top art entries. This is his version of Ms. Anansi.

Chammaiah Ambrose (How Tigers got Stripes)

Vega Armstrong (Hide and Seek)

Daryl George (Julie Drops and Ceramic Blues)

Asha Graham (Revelations Tonight and Remembrance)

Michaela Harris (Secret of de Mango Tree)

Zuri Holder (The Big Event)

Jamila Salankey (Her Blackest Sin)

2014

Cover design by Alvin Livingstone. Winner of the 2014 cover design Wadadli Pen art Challenge.

Cover design by Alvin Livingstone. Winner of the 2014 cover design Wadadli Pen art Challenge.

Carmen Ambrose (Welcome Back, Champ)

Chammaiah Ambrose (The Great Cycle)

Vega Armstrong (Forbidden)

Terry Benjamin Jr. (The Farm Thief)

Letisha Carrington Faracho (Last Cry)

Damian De Silva (Escape to Paradise)

Ariel Dunnah (La Diablesse and A Grain of Salt)

Zahra Emanuel (The Day I saved a Friend)

Daryl George (A Guilty Fragrance)

Christopher Gittens (The Knock on My Door)

Asha Graham (Lajabless)

Daniel Ince (One Scary Night)

Margaret Irish (The Skipping Rope)

Liscia Lawrence (Misguided Illusion)

Arize Lee (The Cold Truth)

Zoe Lewis (The Day I Almost Died)

Mjolnir Messiah (Searching for a Treasure)

Kaylee Meyer (This is Paradise)

Kelvin Juwon Miller (Delinquent Development)

Alexandra Nathaniel Spence (Why did I get punished?)

Angelica O’Donoghue (Loving the Skin I’m In)

Kohylah Piper (Hallowed Ground)

Paula Russell-Peters (The Big Fight and Two can play at That Game)

Zion Ebony Williams (The Night I went to Cricket)

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Gifts from Writers

Our mail system is a wonder, mail sometimes taking forever to come and other times getting here right-fast. This time it worked in my favour, right-fast, as I just received a coy of Kiskadee Girl by Maggie Harris, a British based Guyanese writer, who contacted me and offered to contribute something to Wadadli Pen. I am always thrilled when we can share with Wadadli Pen’s participants books by Caribbean writers because they need to see good Caribbean literature to appreciate what they themselves can do, to appreciate that Caribbean literature is not past but is happening, right now. So when Ms. Harris offered, I asked for Kiskadee Girl and, yay, it arrived today.

I also wanted to share (I don’t think she would mind), the note received from Ms. Harris:

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Dear Joanne,

A copy of Kiskadee Girl enclosed. I am honoured that a book of mine may illuminate and encourage writing and offer a window on our history.

I wish the recipient many congratulations and the continued journey through creativity. Whether we be scientists or engineers, we will always need words, and stories.

Kindest regards,

Maggie Harris

I love this note, I love that Ms. Harris gets what we’re about. I want to thank her and the other writers who have shared their books with Wadadli Pen winners this and previous years (especially since really we should be buying these books from them; as a writer myself, I know that every sale counts). So I list them below in hopes that if you happen upon this page, you will support these writers and check out these books, because they’ve done their little bit to encourage and support the literary arts in the Caribbean and our little programme that could here in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua My Antigua by Barbara Arrindell (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories by Barbara Arrindell
Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Ghana/USA)
Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne (Jamaica)
The Tides that Bind by Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis (Antigua and Barbuda/UK)
The Road to Wadi Halfa by Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis
Kiskadee Girl by Maggie Harris (Guyana/UK)
Oh Gad! by Joanne C. Hillhouse (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Boy from Willow Bend by Joanne C. Hillhouse
Dancing Nude in the Moonlight by Joanne C. Hillhouse
Ab-soul-uuutely Dotsie by Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau
A Narrow Escape by S E James (Antigua and Barbuda)
Kidnapped at the Beach by S E James
Tragedy on Emerald Island by S E James
Unburnable by Marie Elena John
Ariadne and Other Stories by Ruel Johnson (Guyana)
Fictions by Ruel Johnson
Bethesda and Christian Hill: Our History and Culture by Joy Lawrence (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Footprints of Parham by Joy Lawrence
The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways by Joy Lawrence
All that Glitters is not Gold by Marcel Marshall
Dog-Heart by Diana McCaulay (Jamaica)
Huracan by Diana McCaulay
Books from the Caribbean Adventure Series by Carol Mitchell
Another Day by Carol Mitchell (St. Kitts and Nevvis/USA)
Motion in Poetry by Motion (Canada/Antigua)
Send Out You Hand by Dorbrene O’Marde (Antigua and Barbuda)
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (USA)
Being Black by Althea Prince (Antigua and Barbuda/Canada)
Ladies of the Night by Althea Prince
So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing edited by Althea Prince
LiTTscapes: Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago by Kris Rampersad (Trinidad and Tobago)
Singles Holiday by Elaine Spires (UK//Antigua)
Sweet Lady by Elaine Spires
What’s Eating Me? by Elaine Spires
Under the Calabash Tree by Leon Chaku Symester (Antigua and Barbuda)
Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses by Floree Williams (Antigua and Barbuda)

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C.
Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad!), founder and coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress,
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#thehustle

Excerpted from my personal/writing blog:

Writing is how I make life, but it’s also how I make a living. When I started this site, it was primarily to promote my books 

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and connect with readers, but as it’s evolved, other bits of my personal and professional life have migrated here as well. The work I do for hire as writer and editor is the most obvious example of this; a blatant push to use this platform to attract clients. That’s my hustle; writers have to make a living too and I’m happy even with the ups and downs that I can make it doing what I love. As with my own writing, I do my best for my clients. Read on for Client Reviews and more.

I’ll end with a nod to some other Caribbean writers trying to blend their passion into that thing which pays the bills without losing their passion for it: Sandra Sealey, Summer Edward, Shakirah Bourne, Brenda Lee Browne.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, are okay, lifting content (words, images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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An impossible question

A visiting grad student interviewing me for her thesis (which is focussed on Antiguan and Barbudan writing) put me on the spot yesterday, asking me to name my favourite Antiguan author (not the only impossible question she asked). Althea Prince (with books like How the East Pond Got Its Flowers which did such a good job of sharing aspects of our history and imprinting certain values in a child friendly way by just telling a good story, Loving this Man, Being Black and the Politics of Black Women’s Hair) was in there; Gisele Isaac (with her taboo breaking Considering Venus was in there)…she asked me what about Joy Lawrence and I noted that her work documenting especially Antiguan expression in The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways had served me as a teaching aid in my Communications classes when exploring, well, the ways we talk…and that got me thinking about her research into island folk history which led me to the book that laid the foundation within that post slavery folk memory genre in terms of the Antiguan and Barbudan literary canon and isrequired reading because of it in my view if you want to understand the Antiguan, and especially the African-Antiguan, Smith and Smith’s To Shoot Hard Labour…I may have mentioned that the first writers I was exposed to, enjoyed and learned from were the calypso writers, which would put Shelly Tobitt (the pen behind so many of my favourite calypsos) easily at the top of my list of favourite Antiguan writers…but in the end I went with the writings of our most renowned international literary celebrity Jamaica Kincaid because of the boldness of her writing, the way her stories though rooted in the particular are universal and timeless as a result, the poetry and layers of meaning in each of her lines, and because of memorable works like Annie John, Lucy, and for lifting the lid off of a taboo much like Isaac’s book My Brother  (yes, we discussed A Small Place too…everyone who wants to discuss Kincaid wants to discuss A Small Place, right?). But perhaps most significantly because I think when I discovered Annie John (a first since I would not have known there was such a thing as an Antiguan novelist before much less one breaking through at her level), I would have been able to begin to admit, if only to myself (it would be a while more before I could say it out loud), that this was what I wanted to do and maybe with hard work, persistence, and talent, it could be so. Maybe. Even for a then teenage girl from the working class community of Ottos, Antigua who’d been writing for a while and knew she wanted to keep writing but didn’t know what to make of this wish that didn’t fit the reality of her world, much less how to make it her reality.

And so I come to Kincaid’s latest book. It’s See Now Then. No, I haven’t read it yet (yet!). But here’s what Publishers’ Weekly had to say:

“In her first novel in a decade, Kincaid (Autobiography of My Mother) brings her singular lyricism and beautifully recursive tendencies to the inner life of Mrs. Sweet, who is facing the end of her marriage, and who, over the course of the book, considers the distinctions between her nows and her thens, particularly when recounting what was while the memories bleed with a pain that still is. Particularly touching is Kincaid’s rendering of motherhood. The immediacy of Mrs. Sweet’s small son’s toys—Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers—creates a significant foil to the ethereal interior echoes. Such is the reality of parenting…” Read More.

We have more on Kincaid on this site as well, if you want to check some of that out:

One of a Handful Still Alive: Strains of Resistance in the Fiction of Jamaica Kincaid by Dr. Carolyn Cooper

Reading Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother as Testimonium by Victoria Bridges Moussaron

Spotlight – Jamaica Kincaid

Reflections on Jamaica by me

She has written a lot and remains at the forefront of a growing list of fiction and non fiction writers from Antigua and Barbuda.

Still, hate having to pick a single favourite of almost anything, though. So don’t ask me what happened when she asked about my favourite books and authors in general. I think in the end I told her to read the blog.

As with all content (words, images, other) on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, are okay, lifting content (words, images, other) wholesale from the site without asking and attributing is not cool. Respect copyright.

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Say Cheese

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This is Clinton Joseph the Antiguan born poet of great renown in Canada where he resides. Joseph is a founding member of the dub poetry movement in Canada. His publications, recordings, and/or films include Metropolitan Blues, Oral Trans/Missions, Pimps and (Survival) In the City, A Chant for Monk, That Night in Tunisia, Shots on Eglinton. He has performed widely across Europe and the Americas, and his poems are included in a number of anthologies. He’s won the Best Dub Poet Award and the Peter Tosh Memorial Award at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards.

This is a moment from the launch of the first Antiguan and Barbudan collection of its kind, the Dr. Althea Prince edited So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End which includes writing by 30 Waladlian writers, emerging and established, gone and present, at home and scattered.

You haven’t read it yet?

Well what’re you waiting for.

 

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