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 both 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 (I myself have pulled from various sources, including but not limited to, the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, the Best of Books Antigua and Barbuda shelf, pre-existing bibliographies like Riva Berleant-Schiller, Susan Lowes, and Milton Benjamin’s Antigua and Barbuda: an Annotated Critical Bibliography, online book retail, online library data bases, online review sites and blogs, social media and all around the Internet, media, publisher sites, the authors), but a lot of time went into checking, double-checking, pulling it altogether, updating etc., so please give credit where due and link back to us. Thanks.

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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: Chrys-Ann Ambrose

Books:
operation-game-plan-has-it-launchedOperation Game Plan: How to Overcome Habits That Hinder Us from Succeeding In Life. Purposely Created Publishing Group. 2016.

About the Books:
Operation Game Plan lists the key habits and lifestyles that keep us from becoming the successful person we were born to be. We can be our worst enemy, and in this book you will discover some of the different ways that we sabotage our progress on a daily basis.

About the Author:
Chrys-Ann Ambrose lives on the Caribbean island of Antigua, assists her husband with running several home-based businesses, and enjoys looking after her two daughters, writing and giving motivational talks to various educational institutions, organizations and individuals who need it. She has spent the last 8 years sharing positive information and teaching personal development techniques that she has learned from personal experiences and her mentors. She launches her professional motivational speaking career with the release of first book Operation: Game-Plan.

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Name: Curtly Ambrose

Books: Time to Talk(with Richard Sydenham). Aurum Press. London, UK. 2015.

About the Book:

One of the leading – and most lethal – fast bowlers of all time, Sir Curtly Ambrose is notorioius for his silence. Now, for the first time, Sir Curtly will tell his story.

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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. Vanishing Ways has since been made into a film.

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:

Hacienda Pinsaqui: A Part of History (w/illustrator Deborah Eckert). Virtualbookworm.com Publishing. 2014.

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

About the Books:

Hacienda Pinsaqui: A Part of History – Following a memorable stay at Hacienda Pinsaqui in Ecuador’s northern sierras, Sue Appleby wanted to find out more about the Hacienda and its history. The land where the Hacienda stands once belonged to the Caranqui confederacy, was briefly part of the Inca Empire, and later came under Spanish rule before becoming part of Simon Bolivar’s “Gran Colombia.” The Hacienda offered hospitality to Bolivar, and played a part in bringing to an end the border conflict between Ecuador and Columbia in the 1860s. The Larrea family bought the Hacienda in the late 19th century and continued to offer a warm welcome to travelers while managing one of the largest spinning and weaving workshops in the Otavalo area. Today the Freile-Larrea family continues to offer the modern traveler a warm welcome and a sense of the Hacienda’s fascinating history.

The Hammers of Towan: 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: Crystal Archibald

Books:

Total Surrender: Submitting to God’s Will for Your Life. Xulon Press. 2015.

About the Book:

Total Surrender: No one can deny that situations in the world today are become more catastrophic, and the end-times seem to be drawing closer with each new day. However, all hope is not lost, whether for Christians or non-Christians, as confidence for the future ahead can be regained again in complete surrender to the Creator of each person: the Almighty God. So, how does one go about giving everything in his/her life over to God in surrender? It’s easier said than done; but to Crystal Archibald, author of the new book Total Surrender, it is possible to lovingly give God one’s life to be used for His purposes. Our everything needs to be surrendered to God. All of our hopes and aspirations should be totally embedded in God’s will for our lives and although its much easier said than done, it is a much better perspective… Crystal pinpoints several avenues of sin where people can fall into temptation and agree to the devil’s promptings to give into their fleshy desires and wishes. She compares these examples of present-day temptations people struggle with to what people from the Bible endured, people who handled similar enticements but sought God for redemption. Think of King David and his overwhelming desire to commit adultery with the married Bathsheba, which led him down a dangerous path that was later redeemed by God. The same with Paul, as his sin-led pursuit of killing Christians guided him to be saved by God and continue on a new path bringing people to Christ. These miracles happen only when the person came to God in total surrender, wanting His will for life instead of personal will. Surrender doesn’t have to be seen as giving up, but giving towards a greater reason for life in God’s ultimate plan for the world.

About the author: Crystal Archibald and her husband Pastor David Archibald have been serving as ministers for the past twenty-two years at Gospel Light Baptist Church which owns and runs Gospel Light Elementary School and Gospel Light Development Center in Antigua.

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Name: Pastor David Archibald

Books:
The Prayer of Faith: Unlocking the secret to Power with God in Prayer. Xulon Press. 2015.

Effective Evangelistic Strategies. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015.

Next Steps in the Christian Life. 2015.

About the Book:
The Prayer of Faith: The Lord brought the idea for this book to author David Archibald’s mind years ago while he was the pastor of a small church in Antigua. He had prepared a sermon titled, “The Prayer of Faith” and though he preached it, he didn’t quite understood what it all entailed. Over the years, through many challenges within his own life, the Lord revealed to him through His word what it all meant. God wants us to develop the habit of prayer, that it might become our lifestyle and not just a once-in-a-while thing. These are days of great trials and difficulties for many people. These difficulties many times entail sickness that may be terminal in nature. Many wonder if the power is in their hands to recover, or if indeed they can do anything to help the situation. Some realize that the control is out of their hands. They feel a longing to tap into some higher power so that they may recover. However, to those who place their faith in God, is there a certain type of prayer that you can pray that brings healing of the body and mind that is guaranteed to work every time? In this book, questions and answers surrounding James 5:15 will be explored. Author David Archibald prays that this book will help you gain a better understanding of what it really means to pray the prayer of faith and what kind of results this kind of prayer can bring to you.
Effective Evangelistic Strategies: Effective Evangelistic Strategies is a handbook/guide to greater effectiveness in reaching people for Jesus. In it you will be presented with various methods used and the method Jesus Himself used. It is not designed to be exhaustive by any means, but is a basic guide to reaching your world for the Lord. This booklet can be used by individuals and groups alike to open the discussion around the subject. Once you go through this book, you will gain a greater appreciation for the Great Commission given in Matthew 28: 19-20. Purchase for yourself, friends, family or church group.
Next Steps in the Christian Life: Next Steps in the Christian Life is a New Convert instruction and encouragement book to aid in strengthening faith of New Believers in their walk with the Lord.

About the author: Pastor David and Mrs. Crystal Archibald have been serving as ministers for the past twenty-two years at Gospel Light Baptist Church which owns and runs Gospel Light Elementary School and Gospel Light Development Center in Antigua.

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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: Algernon E. Aspinall

Books:

Vlll. English Harbour, Antigua in West Indian Tales of Old. Duckworth & Co., 1912. Leopold Classic Library, 2016.

About the Books:

A collection of historical sketches that includes the design and construction of English Harbour from 1726 to 1743, including Horatio Nelson’s Association with the Dockyard and a vintage (1800) photo of English Harbour, and ends with the destructive hurricane of 1848.

About the Author:

Aspinall is author of what’s been described as one of the most famous travel guides, The Pocket Guide to the West Indies.

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Name: Tiffany Azille-Henry

Book:

A Volar! Workbook 2 – ¡A Volar! Primary Spanish for the Caribbean (ed. Tracey Traynor). Collins. UK. 2015.

About the Book:

This 5-Level primary Spanish course is specifically designed for the Caribbean. Suitable for primary pupils whose first language is English, this engaging course makes learning Spanish fun while meeting the demands of Caribbean teaching and curriculums.
It introduces the Spanish language to children in a highly accessible format for beginners and young learners, with careful progression through the levels. Lively, colourful illustrations, fact boxes, games, and toe-tapping songs all help to communicate the learning objectives in a fun and active way. All pupil books include an audio CD, featuring specially-commissioned songs and audio for listening and speaking exercises and pronunciation of vocabulary.

About the author:

Tiffany Azille-Henry is a teacher in Antigua and Barbuda.

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Name: Sandra Baptist

Books: Unlock The Code: Activate the 10 Keys Successful Entrepreneurs Use to Earn Higher Revenues, Create Greater Profits and Achieve Faster Business Growth! Adriel Publishing, 2015.

Profits are Forever in Ready, Aim, Influence! Join Forces, Expand Resources, Transform Your World. Expert Insights Publishing, 2013.

About the Book:

If building a successful business has been a struggle for you then Unlocking the Code is the key to unlocking success mysteries. Sandra Baptist covers the key tenets of Marketing, Business, Sales, Numbers and Mindset and offers her FABULOUS3 Plan for achieving results. This book is exactly what you need to start taking your business to the next level with specific steps and strategies you can implement right away for generating more revenue, creating more profits and growing your business faster.

Ready, Aim, Influence! is an essential guide that reveals crucial leadership techniques, motivational secrets and proven formulas as well as the life-changing moments of top visionaries and experts.

About the Author:

Sandra Baptist, FCCA, is the founder, CEO and Managing Director of PACCS Inc. She
is a Chartered Director and Chartered Accountant, who has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Essex in the UK. Sandra is a Certified Business Coach, a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Adviser and a Certified LivePlan Expert Advisor. Sandra has also been a mentor for the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. She has been featured on a number of local and international media, including NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates, the Antigua Sun newspaper, the Antigua/Barbuda Business Focus and ABS TV and ABI TV’s “Young Entrepreneurs” Show.

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Name: FWN Bayley

Books: Chapter on Antigua and Barbuda in Four Years’ Residence in the West Indies, during the years 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829. William Kidd, London, 1830.   

About the Books: The Antigua chapter is constructed from letters he received from a friend who lived on the island. It included descriptions of the scenery and patterns of life, including work, dress, and major occupations of those Africans/African-Antiguans enslaved on Barbuda.

About the Author: Frederick William Naylor Bayley (1808 – 1853) came to the Caribbean (Barbados) with his father who was in the army. On his return to England in 1829, he became a writer and editor before dying of bronchitis in Birmingham.

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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: Hazel Bird

Book: Standing in the Gap. The Prayer Group Inc., Antigua.

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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: Kenneth Blackburne

Book:

The Romance of English Harbour. Friends of English Harbour. 1959.

About the Book:

A guidebook for prospective Friends that gives a history of the area.

About the Author:

Blackburne was Governor of the Leewards from 1950-1956. He was 42 at the time of his appointment, the youngest colonial governor ever. Blackburne also wrote Lasting Legacy: a History of British Colonialism (1976).

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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: Ann Charters

Book: Nobody: the Story of Bert Williams. Macmillan. 1970.

About the Book: Probably the most gifted entertainer of his time. Williams (1874-1922) was a singer, dancer, entertainer, and comedian who reigned as king of blackface. According to Charters, he was born in Antigua (Kittitian-UK writer Caryl Philips disputes this in his imagining of Williams’ life in Dancing in the Dark) but left the island with his parents and went to California.

About the Author: Charters is also the author of Major Writers of Short Fiction: Stories and Commentaries, Literature and its Writers: an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (with Sam Charters), The Story and its Writers: an Introduction to Short Fiction, Blues Faces: a Portrait of the Blues (with Samuel Barclay Charters) among other books.

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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: Henry Nelson Coleridge

Books: Six Months in the West Indies in 1825. John Murray, London, 1826; Negro Universities Press, New York, 1970.

About the Books: The author’s journal written during his travels through the islands, including Antigua, provides a generally favourable view of plantation life – includes discourse on the treatment of enslaved people, free people of colour, and a fishing expedition to Barbuda. Seems to have been fairly popular as it had several printings though it wasn’t until the third printing (1832) that the author stepped out of his anonymity.

About the Author: Born 1798, educated at Eton and Cambridge (in England). Accompanied his uncle, William Hart Coleridge, Bishop of Barbados, to the then British West Indies resulting in the book named here. Called to the bar in 1826 but continued writing and is also credited with being the editor of works by another uncle, the famed writer (Rime of the Ancient Mariner etc.) Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He became said uncle’s literary executor on his death in 1834, publishing the Departed’s work posthumously. He was also a lecturer with the Incorporated Law Society. He died in 1843.

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Name: Valerie Combie

Books:

Memories – Recuerdos w/Christopher C. Combie. Aspect Books. 2015.

The Hovensa Chronicles. Aspect Books. 2013.

Lots of Laughter: Praise for the Good Old Days. Aspect Books. 2013.

Voices from Behind the Scenes: Teachers’ Experiences in the Classroom Expressed through Poetry and Prose. Aspect Books. 2013.

About the Books:

Memories – Recuerdos: Valerie Knowles Combie paints poetic word pictures of the beautiful Caribbean islands of Antigua and St. Croix. The poems are sectioned into two parts. The first captures the relaxed pace of Antigua’s island life, enjoying the simple passing of time in the appreciation of the island’s beautiful sky, changing weather, plants and animals, and human inhabitants. She also describes what one may encounter in traveling to the island by air. The second part is a collection of thought-poems on life in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barrack Obama’s presidency, and the island’s changing economy, learning from African-American and Greek history, and sayings to live by. The poems are a window on the writer’s experience.

HOVENSA, formerly known as the Hess Oil Refinery, the Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation (HOVIC), or the St. Croix Refinery is a petroleum refinery located on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. After the owner, Leon Hess died, the refinery became a joint venture between Hess Corporation and Petroleos de Venezuela, hence the name HOVENSA. For most of its operating life as HOVENSA it supplied heating oil and gasoline to the U.S. Gulf Coast and the eastern seaboard with the crude mainly sourced from Venezuela. Previously it had sourced its crude feedstock from a number of other countries including Libya. At a capacity of about 500,000 barrels per day as of 2010 it was in the top 10 largest refineries in the world. Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation started refinery construction in January 1966 having purchased the property from Annie de Chabert, and in October of the same year, the refinery started operating. In 1974, the capacity of refinery was expanded up to its peak at 650,000 barrels per day. HOVENSA LLC, which took over the refinery operatorship, was established in 1998. In January 2011, HOVENSA paid a $5.3 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations. On January 18, 2012 the company announced that it would close the refinery by mid-February 2012. The refinery will then serve as a storage terminal. The HOVENSA Chronicles attempts to document the impact of the closing of the oil refinery on the United States Virgin Islands, primarily St. Croix.

Lots of Laughter: Praise for the Good Old Days is a reflection of the Antigua culture and customs that enveloped Valerie Knowles Combie as she grew up in the small village of Cedar Grove. From a young age Valerie and her friends learned to treat all adults with the same respect they showed their own parents, because it wasn’t just your parents who raised you, it was the village. The culture of loving your neighbor as if they were your own family, working hard, and being involved in your church is what life was all about for the people Valerie knew growing up as a child, and it is what defines her as an individual today. Encompassing everything from the process of building houses to old family recipes, Valerie delves into her memory bank to give the reader a vivid picture of the day-to-day life and culture of the Antigua she once knew. Lots of Laughter proves to be insightful and heartwarming for anyone who has ever had a longing for the good old days.

In Voices From Behind the Scenes, teachers have described some of their experiences in the classroom while modeling their creativity through poetry and prose. We hope that these examples of teachers’ experiences in the classroom will present an insight into the work that teachers engage in daily. We also hope that al l who read these experiences and insights will be inspired and will believe, with us, that “teaching is the best job.”

About the Author: Valerie Combie is a career educator, who has been teaching for over 40 years. As the director of the Writing Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus of UVI, she believes that all students can learn if they are taught in the learning style that’s most appropriate for them.

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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: Melchior DiGiacomo

Books:Tumperbee – Photographs of Antigua. Old Road Publishing. USA. 2009.

About the Book:

Tumperbee is a collection of photographs of the of Old Road Village in Antigua, documenting DiGiacomo’s 35 year attachment to the community and capturing in black and white the moods and daily lives of the people. As Clifford Peterson put it in the foreword: “emanating from these photographs are the loving bond between Mel and the people of Old Road, and a permanent record of the humanity, dignity, spirit, perseverance, faith, and daily life in this special place.” Tumperbee is dedicated to Curtain Bluff founders, the Hulfords, and proceeds from the book reportedly go to the Old Road Fund started by the pioneering hoteliers to help with the education, medical, and other developmental and cultural needs of the Old Road community.

About the Author:

Melchior DiGiacomo is not Antiguan but is included here given that Antigua is the focus of his book. He first picked up a camera in 1968 and eventually left his job at CBS to freelance as a photographer. He relocated from the USA to London, England where he played and photographed the game of rugby. On his return to the US, four of his rugby images were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for its permanent collection. His commercial work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, People, Paris Match, Tennis Week, and other leading publications.

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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 Short Guide to Antigua. Best of Books. 2012 (originally published 1985, Marine & General Services).

This Glorious Profession: Vanished Times in Naval Hydrography. Noddfani Publishing. 2012.

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. Hunter Pub Inc, Macmillan. UK. 1993, 2002, 2007, 2009.

Where the Sea had an Ending: A Caribbean Travel Miscellany. Macmillan. UK. 2002, 2007.

Out of the Crowded Vagueness: A History of the Islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla. Macmillan. UK. 2005. Interlink, 2006.

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

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, Hunter. UK. 1987, 1990.

Antigua and Barbuda: The Heart of the Caribbean. Macmillan, Hunter Pub. UK. 1986.1990.

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: Linda Eckert Sawka

Books:

Starry Jones Kicks Cancer’s Butt. CreateSpace. 2015.

About the Book:

Victim or Victor – the choice is yours! In Starry Jones Kicks Cancer’s Butt, the author shares her personal journey of discovery to reclaim control of her health and in the process finds the long lost, Starry Jones, her childhood imaginary twin, who knew how to live life to the fullest. Through research, trial and error, Linda recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself; changing her diet, and unpeeling the layers of hidden negativity; she chooses to be the victor. We all have our unique journey on this plane. No two people are alike, but by reading this book you will: *Feel liberated as you choose how to deal with ill health, *Follow your inner voice and listen to your body, *Focus on healing not disease, *Treat your whole self, not just the symptoms of disease. “I hope this book offers a path to freedom – freedom from helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness, a lessening of fear, a path to being the best that you can be, a body, mind and soul that is ripe for miracles.”

About the Author:

Linda Eckert Sawka, after a long and fulfilling career as a nurse specializing in critical care, is now a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach. As such, she mentors clients to identify and achieve their wellness goals by addressing all the facets of health: dietary choices, exercise, relationships, career and spirituality. This holistic approach results in clients becoming healthier and happier in all areas of their lives. As the daughter of an Air Force career officer, Linda had her early childhood enriched by travels. She lived in Italy for three years and as a young child was exposed to the wonders of Italy and much of Europe. Later, after a stint in Ohio and California, she completed her last year of high school in Lebanon, a country which she developed a strong love for (and not just their food or the handsome fellows!) Linda lives with her husband, dogs, cat, parrot and tortoises, on the island of Antigua – where she and her husband decided they wanted to live and serve, as members of the Baha’i Faith, over 30 years ago. She loves traveling, (especially to see kids, three; and grandkids, six) and singing in an a cappella choir.

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Name: Charles H. Eden.

Books:

Chapter 8 of The West Indies. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. London.1880.

About the Books: The West Indies in the late Victorian period including statistical tables and tables of money conversion.

About the Author:

Charles Henry Eden (1839-1900) was a public servant (in Australia) and writer (in England). He published sixteen novels and many works of exploration and travel.

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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: Charles Washington Eves

Books:

Chapter on Antigua in The West Indies. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London, 1889. Forgotten Books, 2016.

About the Books: Excerpt from The West Indies – “The great Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886, which was presided over by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales with so much energy and success, among its many happy consequences, stimulated inquiry into the history, resources, present condition, and general attractions for visitors and settlers of the West Indian and South American possessions of the British Crown. During the last two years many people from the United Kingdom have travelled to this part of the world, and have returned gratified and benefited by their experience. To exchange the hard English winter for genial warmth, and all the richness of tropical nature, is not only pleasant in itself, but must be conducive to the maintenance or restoration of mental and bodily health. A fortnight’s voyage, a run through the principal islands to that portion of the coast of the South American continent where British Guiana is situated, then a return, either direct by Royal Mail steamer or by way of Jamaica and New York, would make up an enjoyable three months’ trip.”

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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: Bonnie Floyd

Book: Bound to a Promise: a true story of love, murder, and redemption. Creative Enterprises Studios, USA, 2013.

About the Book: In 1994, Floyd’s dad and stepmom, William and Kathleen Cleaver, and Ian Cridland and Thomas Williams were murdered by three men aboard a yacht off the coast of Barbuda. This is Floyd’s very personal account of her journey to forgiveness. The book is a combination true crime drama – inclusive of the Scotland yard investigation, newspaper reports, court transcripts, and eye witness accounts – and given the religious nature of her journey, Christian inspirational.

About the Author: Floyd (listed here because of her book’s relevance to Antigua and Barbuda) is an American author, bible teacher, and inspirational speaker. While we can’t speak to the specificity of said plans, her facebook page reveals plans, up to August 2016, to acquire and restore Sunset Hotel in Barbuda and convert it in to the Sunrise Mentorship Centre.

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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.

trading co

About the book: This book is an historical trip through time, from 1830 to present day, when Bennett and Bryson arrived
in Antigua and formed the profitable partnership that benefited manyAntiguans and endures even until today with Bryson’s Shipping and Insurance on Friar’s Hill Rd. Almost twenty years of research has gone into the telling of the story of Geo. W. Bennett, Bryson & Co. Ltd. coupled with historical events as they occurred time wise and highlighted with many old photographs from 1830 to present day. (Synopsis from HAS newsletter 120)

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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: Douglas Hall

Books: Five of the Leewards, 1834-1870. Ginn and Company. 1971.

About the Books: On the social, economic, and political problems faced by the Leewards (including Antigua and Barbuda) after Emancipation – includes an appendix of estates and owners in Antigua from 1829 – 1921.

About the Author: Hall was resident tutor in the UWI’s Department of Extra Mural Studies in Antigua and St. Kitts at the time that he wrote this book. He’s written several other books including In Miserable Slavery: Thomas Thistlewood in Jamaica, 1750-86.

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Name: David R. Harris

Books: The Vegetation of Antigua and Barbuda, Leeward Islands, the West Indies. Department of Geography, University of California, USA. 1960.

About the Books: Field report from his visit to Antigua and Barbuda; later included in Plants, Animals, and Man in the Outer Leeward Islands, West Indies (published in 1965).

About the Author: Born 1930, deceased as of 2013, Harris was a British geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic, well known for his detailed work on the origins of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals. He was a director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and retained a position as Professor Emeritus of the Human Environment at the Institute. Harris has conducted research investigations in many parts of the world, including New Guinea, the Torres Strait, Africa, Central America and Eurasia. His research has generally been concerned with the ecology and development of agriculture and other modes of subsistence among human cultures.

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Name: Thea Harris

Books:

Pour the Oil Vol. 2. 40 Day Devotional. Thea Harris Publishing. 2015.USA.

Pour the Oil Vol. l. Access the Oil, Activate the Power. Thea Harris Publishing. 2015. USA.

About the Books:

Pour the Oil Vol. 2 – Thea Harris shares personal accounts of challenges and triumphs she encountered on the path to developing a lifestyle of worship. She surrendered to God completely and learned to live in a place of intense sacrifice and renewal. Also included are revelations which will help you overcome trials, and words of encouragement to soothe and guide on the sometimes tumultuous journey. You will be strengthened by the daily confessions at the end of each section.

Pour the Oil Vol. 1 will help you identify elements which block the flow of your anointing, and teach you how to draw its power back into your life. It will answer your questions and provide tools to help you safeguard against contamination and dilution of the anointing. As you read, get ready to be transformed so the Oil will flow to you unhindered. Access the oil; activate the power.

About the Author: Thea Harris is an author and singer/songwriter from the island of Antigua. Her music releases include Secret Place, and the singles Live Right and Intimacy (Into-Me-See). She has served as a worshiper for more than 20 years, and is currently working on her sophomore CD. Thea is a Choir Director and Worship Leader at Resurrection Life Family Worship Center in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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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:
Journeys in Caribbean Thought: the Paget Henry Reader (Creolizing the Canon series) (series editors – Jane Anna Gordon and Neil Roberts; edited, with an introduction, Jane Anna Gordon, Lewis R. Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha and Neil Roberts, with Paget Henry). Rowman & Littlefield International, London & New York. 2016.

The Art of Mali Olatunji: Painterly Photography from Antigua and Barbuda (w/Mali Olatunji). Hansib. UK. 2015.

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 Journeys in Caribbean Thought: the Paget Henry reader: This volume includes some of Paget Henry’s most important essays from across his remarkable career, providing an introduction to a broad range of pressing contemporary themes and to the unique mind of one of the leading Caribbean intellectuals of his generation. “What it gives us is Henry’s quest to excavate, systematize and articulate Afro Caribbean intellectual production in varied intellectual endeavours such as sociology, literature, political economy and philosophy. The book is not only a negation of but also an antidote to the peripheralization of Caribbean thought. It is a must read for all interested in Caribbean thought’s complexity and depth precisely because it shifts the Geography of Reason.”  (Mabogo Percy More, University of KwaZulu-Natal) Among the table of contents are the following Antigua-Barbuda specific articles:  V. C. Bird’s Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Antiguan/Barbudan Political Culture, Badminded Nikki: A Review of Joanne Hillhouse’s Oh Gad!, and the Socialist Legacy of Tim Hector.

Re The Art of Mali Olatunji: Painterly Photography from Antigua and Barbuda (w/Mali Olatunji): For a nation that has seen itself many times in photographic essays, The Art of Mali Olatunji is a masterful photographic work on Antigua and Barbuda that genuinely goes beyond all earlier attempts to capture this twin-island state in images. The photographs in this book are truly astounding. They will make you stop and wonder. In addition to their images of home, these photographs also take account of the migratory experiences of Antiguans and Barbudans, and thus include powerful images of New York and London. Adding even more to the riches and power of this book is the engaging story that it tells about the life of the maker of these photographs and his unique aesthetic development. As a result, Antigua and Barbuda is here presented in ways never seen before.
The special feature that sets Olatunji’s photographic essay apart is it’s framing within an original and very distinct aesthetic – one that Olatunji calls a woodist/jumbie aesthetic. Like surrealism, cubism and other original aesthetics, woodism is a visual summary of Olatunji’s way of looking at life. In particular, it is an aesthetic that sees the world through the wooded eyes of jumbies. Your jumbie is your soul or the spiritual part of you that survives the death of the body. In Antigua and Barbuda and much of the Caribbean, jumbies are believed to make their post-body home in trees, and in particular silk cotton trees. Hence we can see why Olatunji associates them with a woodist vision of existence.
To capture this wooded vision of the jumbie, Olatunji very skilfully layers images of the lines of leaves, flowers, tree bark or of branches of trees over straight photographs of objects, persons or scenes. This layering of lines and textures from different parts of trees not only reveals the jumbie’s vision, but also produces amazing painterly effects. Using this striking and highly versatile woodist/jumbie aesthetic, Olatunji has, in effect, used his camera to paint a well-ordered series of images which have come together to produce a breath-taking photographic essay on Antigua and Barbuda.

Re Shouldering Antigua Barbuda: the Life of V C Bird: As its charismatic labour leader, its first Chief Minister, its first Premier and first Prime Minister, V.C. Bird dominated the political life of Antigua and Barbuda for the 55 years between 1939 and 1994.

This is the first full-length biography of this great Antiguan and Barbudan political leader. It begins with a close look at the path of Bird’s development as a man and as a politician. Following this introduction to the man, it examines the major achievements and failures of Bird’s rule, the contours that these positives and negatives outlined, and the indelible traces they have left on the path of Antiguan and Barbudan history.

V.C. Bird’s achievements included political independence for Antigua and Barbuda from Britain. His failures included the creating by default of a tourist-based postcolonial state capitalist society as an alternative to the colonial sugar plantation order. This default capitalist order came instead of the Black democratic socialist society that he had promised and ideologically projected. These are the positive and negative poles between which Prof. Paget Henry frames his narrative of the life and political times of V.C. Bird.

The book concludes with some reflections on the meaning of Bird’s successes and failures for postcolonial transformation not only in Antigua and Barbuda but also for the wider Caribbean.

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 published annually since 2008 and includes reviews of books by various Antiguan and Barbudan writers). He has been one of the most articulate and creative voices in Caribbean scholarship, making seminal contributions to the study of Caribbean political economy, C.L.R. James studies, critical theory, phenomenology, and Africana philosophy.

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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:

Entry on Gwendolyn Tonge in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Latin American Biography (edited by Franklyn W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr.). Oxford University Press. USA. 2016. 

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

About the Book:

The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography is a major biographical reference work covering the lives and legacies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin American, men and women from all eras and walks of life. This groundbreaking resource provides unprecedented coverage of the region through the lives of its people.

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).

About the Author:

American Sylvester Hovey had been a tutor at Yale and professor at Williams and Amherst colleges, visited in 1835-1836 and again in 1836 – 1837.

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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 Albert E. 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. He served at the US Base in Antigua in the early 70’s.

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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: Laura James (artist)

Book:

Anna Carries Water. (cover art and illustrations; book by Olive Senior). Tradewind. 2013.

Book of the Gospels. (cover and interior art). Liturgy Training Publications. USA.

About the Book:

Anna Carries Water – Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can’t carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters can. In this charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear. Re art work (from Kirkus Reviews): “James, of Antiguan background, allows her bold acrylic paintings in tropical colors to sprawl across wide double-page spreads of lush Caribbean landscapes. The hummingbirds and butterflies add a bit of whimsy to Anna’s cover portrait…”

Book of the Gospels – The cover art is bold, clearly visible to those near and far. It bears the traditional images of the four evangelists in colorful foil: the angel, Matthew; the lion, Mark; the ox, Luke; the eagle, John. Feasts and many Sundays are illuminated with full-color art. There are more than 30 original pieces of art in the interior of the book.Included are all Gospel readings for Sundays, solemnities, feasts of the Lord, and all ritual Masses. The Catholic Press Association 2002 Book Award winner, third place, in design and production

About the artist:

The artist, Laura James, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She paints Biblical themes in the iconographic tradition of Ethiopian Christian art. Her work, with its bright colors and intricate patterns displays a unique style, and vision.

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Name: Charles W. E. Jane

Books: Shirley Heights: the Story of the Redcoats in English Harbour, Antigua (w/drawings by T. J. Holmes). Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks Foundation, Antigua, 1982.

About the Books: A history of forts in Antigua with an emphasis on the English Harbour area – the history (conflicts, the arrival of General Thomas Shirley for which the Heights are named) and use, plus regiments that served there (Royal Scots, Royal Americans, Hompesch’s Light Infantry, West India Regiments, Royal Artillery) and guns (canons fired etc.) with illustrations, of the forts; also Caribbean food and clothing.

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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: 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: J. Johnson

Books: An historical and descriptive account of Antigua, illustrated by numerous engravings, coloured in imitation of drawings taken on the spot, delineating the character of the country, the costume of the negroes, accompanied by a map of the island and a chronological table of events connected with the colony. London, 1830.

About the Books: Early history of the island plus detailing of contemporary life at the time.

About the Author:  John Johnson (artist) was in Antigua in 1824, working as an attorney, surveying the estates formerly owned by James Brebner-Gordon, who had served as a councillor in Antigua and was the Chief Justice of the Ceded Islands in 1761. It is not clear whether Johnson is the same person as ‘Lt. Col. J. Johnson’, who published ‘A Journey from India to England, through Persia, Georgeia, Russia, Poland, and Prussia, in the year 1817’ (1818)

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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: 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:

Barbuda and Betty’s Hope The Codrington Connection. Antigua. 2015.

The Footprints of Parham: the History of a  Small Antiguan Town and its Influence w/Veronica Gordon. Sugar Mill Tales.  Antigua. 2013.

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

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

The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways. Antigua. 2002, 2003, 2016.

Island Spice. Antigua Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 1996. 1997.

About the Books:

Barbuda and Betty’s Hope The Codrington Connection chronicles the history and culture of Barbuda and Betty’s Hope over several centuries.  The sub-title reflects the connection of both communities through their common tie – the Codringtons, beginning with Christopher Codrington.  The body of writing reflects extensive research  of early life and norms combined with first person recounts of 20th century events in particular.

About the Author:

Joy Lawrence is a poet, dramatist and author of several books on poetry and Antigua and Barbuda’s lore and history. The first was Island Spice in 1996. Other publications include The Way We Talk and other Antiguan Folkways, Caribbean Creoles, Bethesda and Christian Hill our History and Culture and the Footprints of Parham- the History of a Small Antiguan town and its Influence .

Her interest in history developed after learning that Bethesda, the village from which she hails, was home to the first slave school in the West Indies.

Several local and regional magazines have featured Miss Lawrence’s work. Her books are on the reading list in Antigua and Barbuda’s public schools. She also judges poetry competitions and was Executive Director of the Antigua State College/UNESCO Poetry Contest from 2002 – 2006.

Miss Lawrence’s education includes MA Communications Media and Public Relations (Merit), University of Leicester, UK; BA Education, College of Arts, Science & Technology, Kingston, Jamaica; Diploma, Special Education, Moray House/University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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: H. Z. A Lewis

Books:

A Glimpse of Grace. Westbow Press. 2015.

About the Book:
A Glimpse of Grace presents the truth of the grace of God, in such a way, that honest Christian believers may become more conscious of God’s unchangeable attitude of love and forgiveness; and in response, return to the life of grace. For apart from accepting and living in and through the grace of God, the promises of Peace, Joy and Love remain merely promises.

About the Author:
H.Z.A. Lewis was born and raised on the island of Antigua, in the Caribbean. He was educated at the Princess Margaret School and the State College and became a teacher soon after graduation. Shortly after, he moved to the U.S. where he completed his university education and worked as a pathologist in hematology department. Later, Lewis married and became the father of three boys and a girl, who died during her first year of life. Since then, he has returned to his homeland of Antigua and resumed his life as an educator.

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Name: Dr. Natasha Lightfoot

Book: Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of Emancipation. Duke University Press. USA. 2015.

About the Book:

In 1834 Antigua became the only British colony in the Caribbean to move directly from slavery to full emancipation. Immediate freedom, however, did not live up to its promise, as it did not guarantee any level of stability or autonomy, and the implementation of new forms of coercion and control made it, in many ways, indistinguishable from slavery. In Troubling Freedom Natasha Lightfoot tells the story of how Antigua’s newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom in their everyday lives, prior to and in the decades following emancipation. She presents freedpeople’s efforts to form an efficient workforce, acquire property, secure housing, worship, and build independent communities in response to elite prescriptions for acceptable behavior and oppression. Despite its continued efforts, Antigua’s black population failed to convince whites that its members were worthy of full economic and political inclusion. By highlighting the diverse ways freedpeople defined and created freedom through quotidian acts of survival and occasional uprisings, Lightfoot complicates conceptions of freedom and the general narrative that landlessness was the primary constraint for newly emancipated slaves in the Caribbean.

About the Author:

Natasha Lightfoot, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of History and a Faculty Research Fellow of the Institute for African American Studies at Columbia University, New York. She teaches Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History focusing on the subjects of slavery and emancipation, black identities, politics, and cultures.

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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: Robson Lowe

Books: The Codrington Correspondence, 1743–1851: being a study of a recently discovered dossier of letters from the West Indian islands of Antigua and Barbuda, mostly addressed to the Codringtons of Dodington with especial reference to the history of those adventurous times and the hitherto unrecorded postal history of the Antiguan mail. London. 1968.

About the Books: A collection of letters written by estate managers in Barbuda to the Codringtons in England; provides insight to life on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries.

About the Author: Considered a pioneer in postal history (philately), having published many definitive works on the subject. Born 1905 in London, deceased 1997, he was also a stamp dealer and stamp auctioneer.

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Name: Susan Lowes

Books: ‘They couldn’t mash ants’: the Decline of the White and Non-White Elites in Antigua, 1834-1900 in Small Islands, Large Questions: Society, Culture, and Resistance in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean (ed. Karen Fog-Olwig). Frank Cass. 1996.

About the Books: Small Islands focuses on the post-emancipation period in the Caribbean and how local societies dealt with the new socio-economic conditions. Scholars from Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, England, Denmark and The Netherlands link this era with the contemporary Caribbean. Lowes’ contribution begins with the economic crisis that devastated Antigua in the 1890s, and continues with the decline of the planter class even as they worked to marginalize non-white classes and failed to get Britain to come to their aid. This is more extensively covered in Lowes’ dissertation entitled The Peculiar Class: the Formation, Collapse, and Reformation of the Middle Class in Antigua, West Indies, 1834-1940.

About the Author: Susan Lowes has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University where she works as adjunct Associate Professor of Computing and Education. She is married to Milton Benjamin, an Antiguan and Barbudan journalist and writer also listed here.

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Name: John Luffman

Books: A brief account of the island of Antigua, together with the customs and manners of its inhabitants, as well white as black: as also an accurate statement of the food, cloathing, labour, and punishment of slaves. In letters to a friend. Written in the years 1786, 1787, 1788. T. Cadell, London, 1789.

About the Books: A detailed description of life in Antigua at the height of slavery from the planter’s perspective; includes descriptions of the town, country, a visit from the Prince of Wales, the balls, a funeral, the extravagant lifestyle, the arrival of a slave ship, slave management, slave recreation, the market etc.  Struck by the beauty of the island, Luffman, however, commented negatively on the realities of slavery (including the brutal punishments, the planters’ sexual relationship with enslaved women and callous treatment of the offspring from these unions), if not necessarily the practice of it. The book is made up of his numerous letters and a map of Antigua, and was popular enough to require a second edition.

About the Author: Luffman was a London mapmaker who took a three year journey to map and survey Antigua, writing many letters during his time here.

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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: Coralita Martin

Books:

Courage to Dream [w/Sandie Shirley]. Last Word Publications. 2010.

About the Books:

A real story of grit and determination of one woman’s journey of faith with God. Plucky Coralita Martin swapped the mean streets of Antigua for the even tougher streets of London’s East End to prove how God can really use those who trust in him. This is a story of pain and hardship but also one of victory over poverty, hate and fear.

About the Author:

Coralita was born in the West Indies. Poor, rejected, misused and abused, she did not even own a pair of shoes. Many trials of eviction, rape, a terrifying violent marriage, prejudice and near death followed but these did not deter her. Often the first black teacher in the UK schools where she taught, she realised her dream to teach, influencing thousands of young lives for over 50 years.

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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. Deveo Media Industries. 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: William G. McIntire

Books:

Barbuda Reconnaisance, coastal studies series, no. 16 (w/Richard J. Russell). Louisiana State University Press. USA. 1967.

About the Books: The paper describes Recent and late Pleistocene reefal and clastic deposits, gives considerable attention to origin of beach cusps and accretion deposits with conspicuous beach-ridge systems, and emphasizes similarities between deposition taking place today and during a 20-foot high stand of late Pleistocene seas.

About the Author: William G. McIntire was a geographer at Louisiana State University where there is a scholarship for a student with an expressed interest in coastal research set up by the Department of Geography and Anthropology in his name.

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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: Douglas Midgett

Book:
Icon and Myth in Caribbean Polity: V. C. Bird and Antiguan Political Culture. Chapter 7 in Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean (edited by Holger Henke and Fred Reno). University of the West Indies Press. 2000.

About the Book:
This contribution to the study and analysis of Caribbean politics explores the political culture of the Caribbean in order to understand the regional differences. The contributors, renowned internationally for their expertise in Caribbean studies, explore the topic from their varied cultural experiences and offer a new dimension to the study of political culture.

From the introduction: In chapter 7, Douglas Midgett offers a fascinating analysis of the political strategies and mythology used by V. C. Bird to establish and hold on to his power. Midgett shows, in his detailed analysis, how certain events in Antigua’s history were deliberately reinterpreted to suite the needs of the political directorate.

About the author:
I actually don’t have any information on this author but I wanted to add this entry in light of the chapter dedicated to politics in Antigua.

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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 Gospel He Proclaimed: Sermons of Rev. Romeo Challenger. CreateSpace. 2013.

The Moravians at Greenbay: A Story of Church and School. Brentwood Christian Press, Columbus, Georgia. 2009.

About the Book:

The Gospel He Proclaimed is done in memory of Nicholas’ late friend and colleague, Rev. Romeo Challenger. He died in March 2012 after several months of illness. It was always his desire to publish something of his own. Nicholas promised Challenger’s widow would work at it with her. Nicholas notes that in the time before he went into ministry as he contemplated his call, “Bro. Romie was my best example of what a young minister should be. The funny thing is that in those days, I only knew him from afar. I worked with Deborah to sort through hundreds of his sermons and carefully chose from various places and seasons and themes. I made editorial changes in some; and sometimes they were more substantial than others. The beautiful cover was done by September Christian after a model that I had started to work with. Rev. Challenger’s daughter Shanna suggested that we should add some more color and this was done with the skill of Mr. Christian. While I am the author, it is really the project of his now widow, Deborah. I trust that you will read and enjoy and most of all, remember one who served God and the Church in the Caribbean faithfully for many years through the Gospel he proclaimed.”
About the Author:
Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Nicholas has been serving as Pastor of the Prince of Peace Moravian Church in Miami for more than twelve (12) years as well as the Pastor of the nine (9) year old Margate Moravian Fellowship. Rev. Nicholas served Moravian congregations in Antigua and Barbados before joining the Faculty of the United Theological College of the West Indies/University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he served as Moravian Warden/Lecturer. He also served as Chairman of the Provincial Elders Conference of the EWI Province. He was a very good friend and colleague of Rev. Challenger.

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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 Empowerment. 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: Mali Olatunji

Book: The Art of Mali Olatunji: Painterly Photography from Antigua and Barbuda (w/Paget Henry). Hansib. UK. 2015.

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“How to Photograph Works of Art” in The Business of Art (edited by Lee Caplin). 1989. USA.

About the Book: For a nation that has seen itself many times in photographic essays, The Art of Mali Olatunji is a masterful photographic work on Antigua and Barbuda that genuinely goes beyond all earlier attempts to capture this twin-island state in images. The photographs in this book are truly astounding. They will make you stop and wonder. In addition to their images of home, these photographs also take account of the migratory experiences of Antiguans and Barbudans, and thus include powerful images of New York and London. Adding even more to the riches and power of this book is the engaging story that it tells about the life of the maker of these photographs and his unique aesthetic development. As a result, Antigua and Barbuda is here presented in ways never seen before. The special feature that sets Olatunji’s photographic essay apart is it’s framing within an original and very distinct aesthetic – one that Olatunji calls a woodist/jumbie aesthetic. Like surrealism, cubism and other original aesthetics, woodism is a visual summary of Olatunji’s way of looking at life. In particular, it is an aesthetic that sees the world through the wooded eyes of jumbies. Your jumbie is your soul or the spiritual part of you that survives the death of the body. In Antigua and Barbuda and much of the Caribbean, jumbies are believed to make their post-body home in trees, and in particular silk cotton trees. Hence we can see why Olatunji associates them with a woodist vision of existence.
To capture this wooded vision of the jumbie, Olatunji very skilfully layers images of the lines of leaves, flowers, tree bark or of branches of trees over straight photographs of objects, persons or scenes. This layering of lines and textures from different parts of trees not only reveals the jumbie’s vision, but also produces amazing painterly effects. Using this striking and highly versatile woodist/jumbie aesthetic, Olatunji has, in effect, used his camera to paint a well-ordered series of images which have come together to produce a breath-taking photographic essay on Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: Mali Olatunji is a photographer and aesthetician. He has a BS in culture and labour relations from Hofstra University, and an MA in aesthetics from New York University. Olatunji was a fine arts photographer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1974 to 1995. He is the photographic collaborator with John Elderfield on the book, The Modern Drawing (1983). Olatunji was awarded a certificate of excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Arts for the photographs in The Modern Drawing. HIs photography is also included in the two volume work “Primitivism” in 20th Century Art edited by William Rubin.

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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.

About the Author: Vere Langford Oliver is a descendent of a family that was a leading merchant-planter family in Antigua at the height of lucrative sugar production.

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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.

About the Book: The book details the excavation of an Arawak site at Indian Creek by a team from Yale University (w/Dr. Irving Rouse) and the Antigua Archeological Society (principally, Desmond Nicholson). This research enabled researchers to connect the Arawaks in Antigua with those in the Greater Antilles, proving that they had moved between the two points.

About the Author: Olsen was also (according to archeologyantigua.com) responsible (with the Antigua Archeological Society) for the discovery and excavation (in 1960) of the Mill Reef archeological site on Antigua. Reportedly (per the Antigua and Barbuda Critical Bibliography), Olsen was a retired businessman who was among the group of wealthy Americans who established the exclusive residential club at Mill Reef; the discovery of pre-Colombian artifacts during construction prompting investigation into the presence of the Arawaks in Antigua. He is also the author of 1974’s On the Trail of the Arawaks also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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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: Arnold Prince

Books:

Carving Wood and Stone: An Illustrated Manual. Prentice Hall (A Spectrum Book); Master Media Pub. Corp (2nd edition). 1981; 1994. USA.
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About the author:

Born in St. Kitts to Antiguan parents, during the years of the West Indies Federation when as a police officer his father was located there, Arnold Prince is a member of Antigua and Barbuda unofficial first family of the arts which also includes talents like writers Ralph and Althea Prince and jazz musician Roland Prince. Born in 1925, he died in 2014 in Connecticut where he both sculpted and taught sculpting. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island in 2000.

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Name: Mary Prince

Books:

The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself. As dictated to Susanna Strickland. Originally edited and published by Thomas Pringle in 1831, London and Edinburgh. revised editions (edited by Moira Ferguson, University of Michigan Press, 1998; Sarah Salih, 2001, Penguin)

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 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:

The Testament of Customer Service: New Rules for a Social-Enabled Marketplace. Evad Yar Publications. NY. 2016.

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:

The Testament of Customer Service: New Rules for a Social-Enabled Marketplace takes a comprehensive look at some of the emerging trends and exciting developments that will chart the future of customer service on a global level. It also explores solutions that will help organizations review and revamp some of its legacy customer service practices to improve service delivery and competitive position.

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 Educator, Trichologist, Author, Motivational Speaker & Life Skills Coach with 35 years in the beauty industry. He attained a PhD in Clinical Trichology, the para-medical study of Dermatology in hair and scalp disorders. He is an influencer in the beauty industry: many stylists retain him for his wealth of knowledge. He’s been honored as “Cosmetologist of the Year 2006” by New York State and “Educator of the Year 2011” by the Black Beauty Association in Richmond, VA. He was recently selected by “Ford Motor Company & Bronner Brothers” in the Ford Top 10 of 2013 “Most Outstanding Educator – Living Legend 2013” Rule-Writer of all new competitions for Brother Bros, Atlanta. He hails from the island of Antigua.

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Name: Geoffrey Rawson (editor)

Books: Nelson’s Letters. The Golden Cockerel Press, UK, 1953.

About the Books: This book reportedly chronicles the correspondence between Admiral Horatio Nelson (for whom Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua is named) and Major General Thomas Shirley (for whom Shirley Heights in English Harbour, Antigua is named) revealing the tension between the men (and by extension, the military and civilian leadership on island at the time i.e. the late 1700s). It is worth noting that some sources hint that Shirley (Governor of the Leeward Islands, headquartered in Antigua) found himself at odds with the senior naval officer who, during his time here, reportedly, tried to enforce the Navigation Acts prohibiting trade with the newly formed United States of America, a trade which many merchants depended on. The letters were compiled and edited by Rawson from the original documents in the Public Records Office and the British Museum.

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Name: Henry Redhead Yorke

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Books:

Elements of Civil Knowledge. London. 1800.

The Trial of Henry Redhead Yorke for Conspiracy. London. 1795.

Thoughts on Civil Government. London. 1794.

Reason Urged Against Precedent, In A Letter To the People of Derby. London. 1793.

These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls. London. 1793.

About the Author:
“Henry Redhead Yorke (1771/2-1813), a black political writer and agitator of the French Revolutionary period, little-known today. He became a revolutionary radical in 1792 but then after a spell in prison for his activities he performed a complete volte face and took up an ultra-loyalist Tory position.  We know this because he published much political writing and his arrest and trial are well-documented.   However, Yorke appears not to have left any personal letters, diaries or memoirs except an epistolary travelogue of a visit to France in 1802.  Finding evidence of his personal life required chasing threads through a motley collection of sources with many dead ends and false leads along the way.” Read more about Yorke, who was born on Barbuda, the progeny of an estate manager for the Codrington family and an enslaved woman.

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Name: Karl Reisman

Book:

Contrapuntal Conversations in an Antiguan Village in Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking (ed. Richard Bauman and Joel Sherzer). Cambridge University Press, USA. 1974, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996.

About the Book: The book is a collection of 18 substantive essays dealing with societies from all over the globe. Re Reisman’s chapter, see the excerpt below from the book’s Introduction:

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About the Author: Karl Reisman is an American folklorist and anthropologist.

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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

Books:

Sir Vivian: The Definitive Autobiography (w/Bob Harris). Penguin, UK, 2002.

Viv Richards: Hitting Across the Line. Headline Books, London, 1992.

Viv Richards, Cricket Master Class (w/Patrick Murphy). Queen Anne Press, London, 1988.

Viv Richards (w/David Foot). World’s Work, UK, 1979.

About the Books & Author:

Sir Vivian Richards of Ottos, Antigua, was dubbed one of Wisden’s top 5 cricketers of the 20th century. He is the only West Indies captain never to have lost a test series. He is one of six officially designated national heroes of Antigua and Barbuda. The books with the exception of Masterclass which is about technical, mental, and behavioural aspects of the game, are about his life as one of the first from Antigua and one of the greatest ever to play for the West Indies cricket team and to ever pick up a bat period.

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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: Charlesworth Ross

Books: From an Antiguan’s Notebook. Advocate Commercial Publishing, Barbados, 1962.

About the Books: The perspective of an Antigua Grammar School student – includes some notes of national and/or historical interest.

About the Author: Ross was a Kittitian who came to Antigua in 1920.

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Name: Paul Ross

Books:
Circle of Light: Antigua & Barbuda.
Macmillan Caribbean. London. 1998.

About the Book:
(from the Introduction) “A Circle of Light is a photographic portrayal of daily life in Antigua and Barbuda. It focusses on the people: from childhood to old age, from dawn to dusk, from rich to poor… Whatever their nationality, culture or creed people around the world share the same basic emotions: we laugh, cry, and worry wherever we live and for many of the same reasons. Institutions and political leaders are another story and one that they are more qualified to tell themselves; I wanted to concentrate on ordinary people. If you added the exposure time of all these photographs it would come to only a few seconds, just a snapshot of daily life in Antigua and Barbuda. But these are real people and as you read these words they are living their individual lives… Spending so much time with the people of Antigua and Barbuda while working on this book, their easy going attitude to life rubbed off on me. My hope is that this book will do the same for others…I found a tranquil beauty in Antigua and Barbuda that is so often lacking in so other places. I shall remember, forever, sitting on the gallery watching the sunset listening to the croak of tree frogs , the chirp of crickets and the sigh of the wind through the coconut palms. The sound of dominoes slapped on a table drifts up the hill out of the darkness. This is Antigua.”

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Name: Richard J. Russell

Books:

Barbuda Reconnaisance, coastal studies series, no. 16 (w/William G. McIntyre). Louisiana State University Press. USA. 1967.

About the Books: The paper describes Recent and late Pleistocene reefal and clastic deposits, gives considerable attention to origin of beach cusps and accretion deposits with conspicuous beach-ridge systems, and emphasizes similarities between deposition taking place today and during a 20-foot high stand of late Pleistocene seas.

About the Author: Richard J. Russell is a geologist and geographer who began working at the Louisiana State University in 1928 and remained a professor there through his entire career. His research established his reputation as a world expert on the Mississippi and other delta regions, as well as on coastal erosion and coastal ecology.

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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: Ronald Sanders

Books:

“Asserting the Rights of Smallness: Small and Vulnerable Economies at the WTO” (Chapter 14) in Reflections from the Frontline: Developing country negotiators in the WTO. Academic Foundation. 2012.

A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform. The Commonwealth Secretariat. London. 2011.

“The Commonwealth as a champion of small states” (Chapter 5) in The Contemporary Commonwealth. Routledge. 2010.

“The Benefits of Being neither Fish nor Fowl: The UK Caribbean Overseas Territories in the International Community” (Chapter 5) in Governance in the Non-Independent Caribbean: Challenges and opportunities in the twenty-first century, edited by Peter Clegg and Emilio Pantojas-Garcia. Ian Randle Publishers. 2009.

“Ramphal, the US-led invasion of Grenada, and the Commonwealth” in Shridath Ramphal: The Commonwealth and the World: Essays in honour of his 80th birthday, edited by Richard Bourne. Hansib. UK. 2008.

Crumbled Small: the Commonwealth Caribbean in World Politics. Hansib.  Britain. 2005.

“The Future of Financial Services in the Caribbean” in International Tax Competition: Globalisation and Fiscal Sovereignty Edited by Rajiv Biswas. Commonwealth Secretariat. 2002.

“The Drug Problem: Policy Options for Caribbean Countries” (Chapter 12) in Democracy in the Caribbean Edited by Jorge I. Dominguez, Robert A. Pastor, and R. DeLisle Worrell. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1993.

“Britain and the Caribbean: A Caribbean perspective” (Chapter 7) in Europe and the Caribbean Edited by Paul Sutton. Macmillan Education Ltd. 1991.

“An assessment of UNCTAD’s Effectiveness as an Instrument to Promote the Interests of the Third World” (Chapter 12) in Peace by Pieces – United Nations Agencies and Their Roles Edited by Robert N. Wells Jr. The Scarecrow Press Inc. 1991.

Broadcasting in Guyana. Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1978.

About the Books:

Crumbled Small: “Sir Ronald declares ‘the Caribbean is in crisis’.”

A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform is the Report of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of which Sir Ronald was a member and Rapporteur. The Group was appointed in July 2010 and submitted its report to Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting In Australia in 2011. The Report has become a seminal Commonwealth document.

Broadcasting in Guyana: This study relates how the government is committed to the concept that the media, especially broadcasting, have a central role to fulfil in promoting national development.

About the Author:

Sanders though not Antiguan and Barbudan by birth has served several times as Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner to the UK and is at this writing (2015) Ambassador to the US and Organization of American States. Guyanese by birth, he has also served as Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to the World Trade Organization. He’s worked with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Massey College, and the Caribbean Development Bank; he was president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, was on the board of the Caribbean News Agency, was a consultant to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, in addition to other positions, internationally. A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, he holds a MA in International relations from the University of Sussex.

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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: Howard Simon

Books:

Motivating Excellence: Growing from Good to Great. Wingspan Press. 2010.

Achieving Excellence 101 Life-Changing Principles of Greatness. Wingspan Press. 2007.

About the Author:

Howard Simon is  a Seventh Day Adventist pastor born in Antigua and serving in Tortola. He is a certified Family Life Educator, facilitator of the Family Excellence Radio Broadcast on ZBVI radio every Sunday morning, in addition to being the author of two motivational books.

About the Books:

Motivating Excellence: Growing from Good to Great is a motivational/inspirational book comprised of 101+ original poems, designed to download excellent values in the lives of those who read, and thus make the world a more wonderful place to live.

Achieving Excellence 101 Life-Changing Principles of Greatness is a motivational/inspirational book of short, original powerful concept, designed to encourage personal growth and development.

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Name: Paddy ‘the Griot’ Simon

DVD: Untold Stories – an Oral History of Antigua and Barbuda – from Slavery to Independence. Franz Defreitas/C-Well Inc. (Executive Producers). Michael Olisemeka-Semeka (Videographer). 2016.

14633694_1124014374360549_4913643756574445373_oAbout the DVD: Story, culture, and history from Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Griot: Born on St. George’s Street in Point, Antigua, Paddy was influenced by elders from an early age. He received his Secondary Education from Goodwill Academy but was schooled in life and history by the “Big People” in his community. Armed with knowledge gathered through the years, he delivers this knowledge in a way that is authentic, educational, and entertaining. He has been honoured with the Most Illustrious Order of Merit by the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

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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: Thomas Reginald St. Johnston

Book: A West Indian Pepper Pot or Thirteen ‘Quashie’ Stories (w/illustrator Eva Wilkin). Philip Alan J. Co. 1928.

About the Book: A collection of thirteen stories. Each story is set on a different island and illustrated with a watercolour of a characteristic person or scene. The first part of The Antiguan orphans conveys a sense of rural village life, even though this story, like the others, presents the islands from a European point of view.

About the Author: St. Johnston (1881-1950) is a former governor of the Leeward Islands (1929-1939).   He began his political career in London , but quickly moved to the Caribbean where he served as secretary of government of the West Indies until 1925 , when he was appointed Administrator of Saint Kitts and Nevis , a position he held until 1929 , when it is transferred to Governor the Leeward Islands and Antigua and Barbuda. When Papa Sammy refers in To Shoot Hard Labour to “a bad-minded man named a village after himself”, he’s talking about St. Johnston for whom St. Johnston’s Village, Antigua is named. He was a historian whose other writings include The Leeward island during the French Wars. He was responsible for the first restoration of the Dockyard and Shirley Heights, and he wrote the first Dockyard guidebook in 1930.

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Name: H. A. Tempany

Books:

Antigua, B.W.I.: A Handbook of General Information. Waterloo & Sons. 1911.

About the Books: Topics include information on sugar and cotton production, photographs  by Joseph Anjo of the Wallings Reservoir, the wharf at Fort James, the lunatic asylum, the prison, and other places that are either no longer there or drastically changed.

About the Author: Tempany is an Englishman who was acting government chemist and superintendent of agriculture.

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Name: John Tomblin

Book: The Geology of Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda: Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils including Two Field Trip Guides. Funded by UNESCO, Printed by Sun Printing and Publishing; Antigua, 2005.

About the Book: This handbook is intended for people who have limited or no knowledge of  geology, but are curious to learn how by studying the wide variety of rocks at the surface of Antigua and its sister islands, we can reconstruct the sequence of events which over many millions of years, built this part of the Caribbean island arc.

About the Author:  John Tomblin, deceased, was the head of the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Unit. A British national, he was appointed geologist in 1964 and became an integral part of growing the fledgling Unit. He assumed the Headship in 1968.  He left to join United Nations Disaster Relief Organization in 1980. From his position at UNDRO he encouraged volcanic risk assessments at Eastern Caribbean volcanoes and provided funding support for SRC to undertake the Wadge and Isaacs study of Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, in 1986 and continued to use his influence to assist the post-graduate efforts of students associated with the SRC. In 1995, while living in semi-retirement in Antigua, he went across to the MVO in Montserrat to offer his assistance with the escalating volcanic unrest. For several years after his official retirement from UNDRO, he lived in both Antigua and France. He passed away at his home, in France, on 17th April 2016. He was 77 years old.

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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: Sandra Valentine

Book: UnMuted: Modern Day Psalms to Liberate your Soul from the Bondage of Stifling Silence. 2014.

About the Book:

Have you felt muzzled by your emotional pain? Do you feel stifled by silence, craving the opportunity to share how you really feel deep inside?

UnMuted is a book of modern day psalms designed to give voice to the human experience: guilt and shame, betrayal and love, disappointment and hope. Your mouth and what you speak determine your healing and breakthrough. God created the world with His words, nothing will happen until you speak. Reclaim your voice. Reveal what you have concealed. Let your healing begin. You are hereby Unmuted!

About the Author:

Sandra Valentine is a native of Antigua and Barbuda. For almost 20 years she has been the senior pastor of Kingdom Life Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The apostolic call on her life is the driving force for carrying the message of empowerment and freedom to the body of Christ globally. Sandra holds a Diploma in Theology from the West Indies School of Theology in Trinidad; a BS in Church Leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida and a MS in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach Florida. She hosts and speaks at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Sandra is committed to a legacy that will outlive her and influence generations to come.

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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:

Vaya Con Dios.

The UPP Government in Eclipse. 2012.

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Name: Bernard Warner

Name of Book:

Play Dominoes the Caribbean Way. 1987.
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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: Trelawney Wentworth

Book:

Chapter 26 of West India Sketchbook, Volume 2. Whittaker & Co. London. 1834.

About the Book: Wentworth’s account of his visit to Antigua and Barbuda, including, in the case of the latter, the dangerous shoals and shipwrecks along the coast, Codrington Castle, cattle enclosures, and vegetation; plus a brief historical sketch of Antigua.

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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, 2012 (second edition).

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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12 responses to “Antiguan and Barbudan Non-Fiction Writings

  1. CM

    What are the criteria for inclusion? In particular, does the person have to be born in Antigua or Barbuda? (Brian Dyde was not born in Antigua/Barbuda.)

    Anyway, here are a few more Antiguan non-fiction authors:

    D.H. Kortright Davis has written a few books.

    Lauchland Henry has written at least one book.

    Charles Wm. Ephraim has one book.

    Carl James has written at least one book.

    Jamaica kincaid has two or three books of non-fiction.

    Althea Prince has written at least one book.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. I will research and add the author suggestions (if you could point me to links about their writing or info on the books that would help)…though some (Althea, Jamaica) are already included in the master list and in at least one of the genre lists (fortunately several Antiguans write in different genres; unfortunately I do not have the time to cross post to every one of the genres they write in – perhaps in time – so I have entered them on the main list and entered again in one of the genres in which they write). But I’ll specify that and suggest that people check the main list as well. I broke it down for people interested in a particular genre; while the complete/main list has all genres.

      As for the criteria, I’ll update the list info to specify that it’s a really a judgment call, but so far I’ve been including people born in Antigua, Antiguan residents and citizens (like Dyde), descendents of people from Antigua who may have been born elsewhere, and I’m sure there might even be room for people writing about Antigua. It’s a pet project and a work in progress and will be refined as I go along.

  2. CM

    Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness: Essays on African American Poetry (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010) is forthcoming.

  3. Alex Francis

    Where can I acquire these books?

    • Hi Alex,

      It depends on the book. Some may be available through Amazon (and other online booksellers). Some through Antiguan and Barbudan bookstores like the Best of Books bestofbooks@yahoo.com or the Map shop cesmap@candw.ag. Unfortunately, some may be out of print. Best bet, query one of the book sellers directly about availability of any book you’re particularly interested in or search for the book on Amazon.

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  5. Veraine Michelle Daniels

    Very refreshing to see our local stars and jewels making a deposit of their God-given gift as a legacy to http://www.com generation! More would be of greater benefit though.
    Veraine Daniels
    Teacher/ Educator

  6. Link on Antigua and Barbuda forest vegetation

    http://mertzdigital.nybg.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p9016coll22/id/580/rec/1

    The forester J.S. Beard wrote a short article on vegetation on Antigua and Barbuda in the August 1947 issue, pp 181-188, of the Journal of the New York Botanic Garden. The pdf and text are in the above link.

    I found this series of papers – A forest lover in the Caribbees – during our research on Saint Lucian lichens – http://huh.harvard.edu/files/herbaria/files/19_1_1_fox_cullen.pdf?m=1404154643 – and obtained a hard copy set for our tropical lichenology library in Ireland from several North American booksellers via ABEbooks.com

    This brief article is a good read for writers who are researching local forest scenes on Antigua and Barbuda for their stories and creative writing.

    Howard Fox
    Botanist

  7. Calvin W Josephs

    Wadadli Pen
    must be commended for all the work and time in putting together such an impressive list of books. I could not stop reading.

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