Papillote Press is announcing the forthcoming launch of two new Burt Award titles –
“On 31st May we’ll be publishing two award-winning YA novels. Both were winners in the Burt Prize for Young Adult Caribbean Literature (2017).
The overall winner, The Art of White Roses, is a breathtaking first novel, set in Cuba just before the revolution. The author, Viviana Prado-Núñez, is a teenage writer from Puerto Rico.
The bestselling YA novelist Daniel José Older describes the book as: ‘A gorgeously written story, full of nuance, sadness, and the joy of growing up. A terrific debut from an exciting new voice in young people’s literature.’
Home Home by the Trinidadian writer Lisa Allen-Agostini addresses teenage mental health in a novel that also explores the LGBT family.
Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy, is a fan: ‘I loved this book. It vividly creates a world of depression and lost opportunity but also of hope and unconditional love.'”
From the Advance Packages –
About Home Home:
When a depressed Trinidadian teenager is sent by her mother to Canada to live with her lesbian aunt she feels lonely and in exile. But with the help of her aunt, a gorgeous-looking boy, and her Skyping best friend “back home”, she begins to accept her new family and her illness. Then her mother arrives and threatens to take her back to Trinidad. Where then is home?
About the Author:
Lisa Allen-Agostini is a widely-published novelist, journalist, and poet from Trinidad & Tobago. Her first YA work, The Chalice Project, was a sci-fi novel set in the Caribbean. She writes primarily about the Caribbean, its people and its culture. She lives in Trinidad with her family.
About The Art of White Roses:
It is 1957, in a quiet Havana suburb. Adela Santiago is 13 and lives in a small blue house with her family. But something is amiss. Students on her street are disappearing, her parents’ marriage seems to be disintegrating and a cousin is caught up in a bombing at a luxury hotel. Welcome to a world where police shoot civilians in the street, where in the
cramped pews of churches, in the creaking wood of front porches, in the floating smoke of Havana alleyways, a revolution is brewing. Welcome to Cuba. What it means to be young when bad things happen and it’s not your fault.
About the Author:
Viviana Prado-Núñez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1998 and now lives in the US where she is a student at Columbia University, NYC. Viviana was only 14 when she formed the idea of her protagonist Adela, loosely based on her grandmother who left Cuba after the revolution. The novel was written when the author was still in high school.
How cool are those covers?! I look forward to reading both and, with May 31st 2018 release dates, you can read them soon too. This is the third Burt title being published by Papillote, a press started by UK journalist Polly Pattullo, and which previously (I think it’s fair to say previously given its expanding catalogue) specialized in books by Dominican writers. Last year, it published Gone to Drift by Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay, which I wrote about here on the blog, and which has since also landed a US publisher.
The Burt Awards, FYI, is an initiative by Canada-based non-profit CODE in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago to mobilize the writing and publication of teen/young adult Caribbean fiction (and also, separately, teen/young adult African fiction, and Canada First Nations, Inuit, and Métis teen/young adult fiction). One of the project pillars is to ensure the development of the publishing industry in the Caribbean by giving Caribbean publishing houses the opportunity to bring these books in to the marketplace. See previously published Burt Award winning titles below:
And another announced forthcoming Burt title (from another publisher):
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