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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid May 2021)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here)

Tribute

Popular African American novelist Eric Jerome Dickey called himself a fAntiguan (in fact the picture often used as his author photo, in the attached article was taken by Antigua-based photographer Joseph Jones). Barbados claimed him too. As his long time agent Sara Camilli (also my agent) suggests in this LitHub article, being at home anywhere in the world was part of his charm. Eric lost his battle with cancer in January – one of two losses I felt personally right around my birthday in early January. One was one of my young Cushion Club/Wadadli Pen kids who died in an accident (and for whom his father has now set up the Zuri Holder Achievement Award as one of our Wadadli Pen prizes) and the other was the author, EJD, who had always been kind to me since we met at one of the literary festivals here in Antigua and whom I had no idea was sick. None at all. Like Chadwick Boseman, it feels like he put every effort in to living rather than dwelling on his inevitable death. I urge you to read Sara’s tribute which was enlightening for me, both in terms of the depth of their relationship and in the many things I didn’t understand about him. He truly is an example of someone gone too soon.

Me on a panel with Eric Jerome Dickey at the ABILF

Accolades

Due to Barbadian writer Cherie Jones’ whose How the One-Armed Sister sweeps the House is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. See the announcement below. (Source – Women’s Prize for Fiction email)

New Books

May 20th 2021 is Publication Day for Trini author Lisa Allen-Agostini. Her latest The Bread the Devil Knead lands at the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival. (Source – the author’s facebook)

Wadadli Pen News

We have posted the Wadadli Pen Challenge 2021 Long List. ETA: and now the Short List. And be sure to see the continually updated Opportunities and Opportunities Too pages for more…opportunities. ETAA – We’ve set May 30th 2021 @ 3 p.m. as the time for the virtual awards ceremony. (Source – in house)

Lit News

Bocas wrapped with a panel on the 100 Caribbean Books that Made Us. We posted about it here. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Not about the post so much but continuing the conversation – what are the Caribbean books that made you. (Source – live observance of the Bocas fest on YouTube and in house)

For Your Viewing Pleasure

The Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries of Antigua and Barbuda has, as of May 5th 2021, launched the first in a series of virtual symposiums on Meaningful Research: Enabling, Informing, and Creating Positive Change. This will continue every Wednesday in May, 5 to 6:30 p.m. AST on the MoE Facebook and YouTube platforms. “I am hoping that there will be some positive action and change coming out of the presentations,” said Dr. Desiree Antonio, event chair. Education director Clare Browne said the symposium is intended to be a permanent part of the Ministry of Education’s annual calendar. For more information, call 781-5038 and 722-6541. (Source – Daily Observer newspaper and additional research)

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We mentioned the US Embassy’s World Book and Copyright Day chat with Barbadian author Cherie Jones in our last bulletin. Well, now we have video. (Source US Embassy Bridgetown)

It’s also been added to our newest Reading Room and Gallery along with my Book and Copyright Day chat and a reading of my story Carnival Hangover by Intersect’s Nneka Nicholas. Be sure to follow both my channel AntiguanWriter and Wadadli Pen‘s, and check out the reading room and Intersectantigua.com (Source – in house)

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on AmazonWordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Carib Lit Plus Mid-April 2020

N.B. I usually try to upload all content in a single post but, since the early April 2020 post, I’ve been going easier on myself and treating the Carib Lit Plus less like a bulletin and more like a roll out – posting what I can and adding to it for a period of time when I can (as I do with the Reading Room series, for instance). So come back for updates to this post throughout the month of April. Content is pulled from different sources including local and regional news reports, social media, direct mailings, direct reporting, and more. – JCH, Wadadli  Pen founder, coordinator, and blogger

The Royal Society of Literature Short List includes Writer with Trinidad Roots

Roger Robinson born in England to Trinidad parents and raised in Trinidad, from ages 4 to 19, is a finalist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize with his Peepal Tree published A Portable Paradise. The shortlist was announced on April 20th 2020 and Robinson is one of six writers still in the running. The Royal Society of Literature was founded in 1820 as the UK’s charity for advancement of literature. The prize is awarded annually to a publication that best evokes the spirit of a place. If Robinson wins, it would be a first for a Caribbean writer as the previous Caribbean-themed win (in 2010) The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica was by a Brit, Ian Thompson. The prize was first handed out in 2004.

Creative Space

My Creative Space art and culture series is (since February 2020) now being published with the Daily Observer newspaper every other Wednesday. To date (April 22nd), at this writing, issues have featured Spilling Ink, a reflection of Black History Month all year round, Art in Times of Trauma (a Guabancex review), Art, More Essential than Ever (a Heather Doram interview), and eReading on Lockdown (local ebook recommendations to encourage people to discover and support lit arts and to #stayhome). The entire series, including the articles from when Antiguanice.com was my publishing partner, are archived on my Jhohadli blog.

Former Calypso and Road March King Edimelo Passes

It was sudden and we still don’t have all the details but reportedly he was found in his office on April 17th 2020. Attempts to resuscitate him failed. Rest in Peace to Edimelo. Born Tyrone Thomas, he won the Calypso monarch title in 2006 and 2013. He is a founding member of Vision Band whose ‘Dress Back’ is a 1994 Road March winner and Antiguan-Barbudan soca classic. It was one of just two interruptions (the other being Burning Flames member King Onyan) to what would have been a 10-year uninterrupted title run (1989-1998) by Flames, the winningest road march band in Antigua and Barbuda. It was quite the upset at the time but nobody could deny the infectiousness of ‘Dress Back’ which still has the power to move the crowd. Read tributes from the likes of The Monarch King Short Shirt in this Daily Observer report.

Bocasversary

Bocas Lit Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday covered it (the anniversary, not the event, which has been postponed) in a multi-part series. Part 1 was an interview with founder and director Marina Salandy-Brown. She said, “I observed that Caribbean writing was disappearing as a genre because in the UK it had been usurped by new, young writers who were children of Caribbean people, and they were writing about the experiences of diaspora people and not those of contemporary Caribbean people. In the US, there were more young Caribbean-born writers but they were not interacting much with Caribbean diaspora writers in the UK. Meanwhile, in the Caribbean there were no avenues for people to get their creative writing out to the market, and there appeared to be little literary activity – no workshops, festivals, prizes. The sum total of this was the obvious need to create a space for Caribbean writers and writing to meet, be nurtured and taken to the world, drawing on our much admired literary heritage. At the time we had two living Nobel Laureates for literature – (VS) Naipaul and (Derek) Walcott, and eminent writers like Earl Lovelace and recently deceased Kamau Brathwaite, were still writing but we weren’t leveraging all that recognition to build a new generation of Caribbean-based writers. It was necessary to reclaim Caribbean literature.We also believed that people want to read, in spite of that self-fulfilling prophecy that we don’t read here. It is not true. Lots of people here read and many increasingly want to write. Readers deserve to have the best of Caribbean literature and meeting the writers is one way to grow the market for books and interest in ideas. Reading for pleasure takes you to all sort of places and opens you up to an array of ideas and ways of seeing the world. You develop empathy and derive knowledge and you grow without ever leaving your home, and it is fun. Writers deserve good readers too. Readers are as important to us as writers, so we knew from the start that we had to get people reading more.” Bocas has done a lot in its short time. I do feel some need to say for the record that there was activity (a number of literary festivals pre-dated Bocas, including, to name just two, the one here in Antigua and Barbuda, which has fallen off due to financial challenges, and Calabash in Jamaica, which had its own financial stop-start moment) and there was also virtual communing via spaces like the Caribbean Literary Salon, which was also a workshop and networking space. But Bocas has definitely seemed to be more financially stable, relatively speaking, though I have no doubt they hustle hard to make it so and we have seen Bocas projects like Hollick Arvon and Burt hit funding bumps, only one of which has found alternative funding to date. In fact, Salandy-Brown said in part 2 of the Newsday article, “Sustainability. I have spent the last two years working on the future, putting steps in place for the next ten years. Funding and talent are the key issues. We are still underfunded for all that we want to do but we have a three-year strategic plan and therefore know how we would like to proceed.” Funding challenges notwithstanding, they have made a lot happen in a very short period of time, adding one of the few major literary prizes in the region at large and some key developmental small prizes, and collaborating on workshop, reading, and publishing activities, bringing with it a literary sea change. Are there still issues of inclusiveness and voices slipping through the cracks? No doubt. But Bocas has also facilitated a number of breakthroughs. Some of these (like Kevin Jared Hosein, Vladimir Lucein, and the last but hopefully not the last Burt winner Jeanelle Frontin) spoke in part 3 and part 4 of the Newsday article. Hosein from TnT spoke of his growth through Bocas. “When I first attended Bocas it was also to participate in writing workshops. The facilitators were always attentive and experienced. Seven years later, I felt privileged to host my own writing workshop on fiction.” And veterans like Olive Senior of Jamaica are appreciative of the space it has created for community: “It’s been a pleasure being associated with the Bocas Lit Fest in different capacities – as judge, participant and prize winner. More than any other organisation that I know of, Bocas had managed to create a friendly, nourishing space for Caribbean writers no matter where they happen to be located. More than a festival, it has been a fertile meeting ground for everyone who can lay claim to an interest in the region’s literature. The Bocas initiatives, including the various prizes, have been a major catalyst for promoting Caribbean literature beyond the shores of Trinidad and for generating and sustaining a new awareness of Caribbean writing on all the islands.” Congrats, on the Bocasversary, to Marina and team.

UNESCO ResiliArt

I’m still trying to get an understanding of this project which launched on April 15th 2020 with an online discussion and an invitation to flood social media with arts related posts on that day; but I’m reading-up. The summary is that UNESCO ResiliArt is a global movement to support artists and creators in continuing to share their creativity in the case of COVID-19 which has resulted in cancellations of concerts, festivals, launches, and other arts activities (some of which has been re-platformed to online stages). “Ultimately, we hope to kickstart a larger conversation on the cultural and creative industries, in particular on the need to establish a better safety net and protection mechanisms for creative workers in times of crisis, made clear by COVID-19.” The movement also seems designed to remind the world at large of the necessity of art and celebrate its resiliency. What I’m not clear on is how to get involved beyond the launch date but I’ll be emailing them for clarification and you can too – here’s the email address resiliart@unesco.org

An Author a Day

Beowulf Sheehan has photographed a slew of authors, just check out his book Author. AuthorSo, perhaps no surprise that his COVID-19 project is author-driven. It’s called An Author a Day and that’s just what it showcases. I’ve only spotted one Caribbean author, Antigua-Barbuda’s Rowan Ricardo Philips so far – it’s mostly US centric which makes sense given that that’s Sheehan’s homebase. So listed so far, you’ll find U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Congressman John Lewis, and late Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. All authors he’s photographed over the years – yours truly is included in Author, so fingers crossed. People can buy the photographs; proceeds go to benefit a fund for authors in the US.

New Books

ETA (040321) – Removed a book whose publication date I seem to have gotten wrong.

Also out in March 2020, Jamaican writer Maisy Card’s These Ghosts are Family. It lands with a lot of buzz: An Entertainment Weekly, Millions, and LitHub Most-Anticipated Book of 2020 pick; A Rumpus and Electric Literature Most-Anticipated Debut of 2020 pick; A BookRiot Best Book Club Pick of 2020; A Buzz Magazine Top New Book of the New Decade; and A She Reads Most-Anticipated Historical Fiction Pick of 2020…to name a handful. It is described as a transporting debut novel that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Planting Seeds

One of the things we’ve been encouraged to do during this time is to grow our own for reasons of food security. But non-profit Trees Inc. 2020 in Antigua and Barbuda were actively facilitating the planting of trees of all types since 2019. While not sure of the current status of the project, we wanted to share their pledge form Trees 2020 Pledge form

Here’s a link to their facebook page.

Children’s Online Literary Journal Seeking Volunteers

This one comes via a mail chain sent out by St. Lucian writer John Robert Lee who you will remember researched and shared the Caribbean literary bibliography archived on this site – and which for a long, long time was the top rated post on the site. It is a call for volunteers from Anansesem, in the wake of the departure of its long serving editor Summer Edward, announced in a previous edition of this Carib Lit Plus series. The journal, focused on children’s writing and writing for and by children, including a special Best of Wadadli Pen issue some years ago and writing by me (here, here, and here) and by Wadadli Pen team member Floree Williams Whyte, is looking for country correspondents and an advisory board member. Correspondents can write anywhere from 3 posts per month down to one post every 2 months. For qualifications and to learn more about Anansesem, go here.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Second COVID-19 Death is a Pioneering Member of the Local Pan Community 

George ‘Macko, Nuni’ Weekes is a founding member of Harmonites, an iconic pan orchestra from the Villa/Point community which won the panorama title its first year out in 1968, the first of seven wins over the years. Fun fact: the band is also immortalized on the classic Short Shirt album 1976’s Ghetto Vibes (the one with his famous Tourist Leggo) in the eponymously-titled ‘Hands Offa Harmonites’ – protesting what the singer perceived as bad judging in a previous panorama. Harmonites co-founder Rupert ‘Teela’ Parker, speaking to the Daily Observer newspaper, described his fallen comrade as “a jack of all trades. He was a carpenter and also was an expert in building the steelpans.” Parker described Weekes as a friend and brother. “This is a big loss because of the kind of history he has within pan.”

Caribbean Literary Heritage

The Caribbean Literary Heritage project has been beating the COVID-19 lockdown blues by profiling some of the Caribbean’s literary heritage, an alphabet’s worth. At this writing, they’re up to O in a series that has covered Phyllis Shand Allfrey (Dominica), Vera Bell (Jamaica), Jesús Colón (Puerto Rico), Oscar Ronald Dathorne (Guyana), Gloria Escoffery (Jamaica), Alfred Fagon (Jamaica), Beryl Gilroy (Guyana), Roy A. K. Heath (Guyana), Lewis Osborne Innis (Guyana), Evan Jones (Jamaica), Peter Kempadoo (Guyana), Harold Sonny Ladoo (Trinidad), Edwina Melville (Guyana), Elma Napier (Dominica though originally from Scotland), W. G. Ogilvie (Jamaica though born in the Panama Canal)… more to come. Do you recognize any of those names? If not, read up on them at the CLH facebook page. If you have suggestions, reach out to them and make them (or maybe consider doing your own research project and consider creating a wikepedia page for a little known writer from your island who is worthy of more renown). I have made suggestions to the CLH re Antigua and Barbuda’s literary heritage pulling from the research I’ve done and posted here and on my jhohadli blog (e.g. re the likes of Elizabeth Hall) but I really do need to engage with platforms like wikepedia to share more of that content and boost more of our own. As with everything, it’s a question of time and resources (the chief resource being time).

Postponements

Calabash in Jamaica (calabashfestival@hotmail.com/phone: 876-965-3000) and Bocas in Trinidad (info@bocaslitfest/phone: 868-222-7099) are arguably the two biggest literary festivals in the region, and festival season would typically be some where around now ish but COVID-19’S upended the world’s calendar. Word is that even Carnival in Antigua, a summer festival, has been pushed back to December (don’t quote me on that) and Sailing Week which usually closes out our tourist season is pretty much a wash what with Antigua and Barbuda being on lockdown what feels like indefinitely (re-opening’s been pushed back a couple of times now – understandably, notwithstanding how constricting it feels, given that no one has a handle on this just yet). The moral of the story is #stayhome

Speaking of …

The fallout to the book industry – which includes publishers and all of their staff such as editors, publicists, administrative staff, the mailroom; distributors and their network; book stores and their staff; and writers like me *waves* “hi” – is on the minds of all of us in the chain. In a recent promotional email that landed in my inbox, UK-based Myriad, publishers of New Daughters of Africa, said, “There’s a growing misconception that the publishing industry will boom in the face of the pandemic. Online sales continue, of course, but without bookshops, wholesalers and warehouses, without events, launches and festivals, we’re as stretched as everyone else. But we’re here, as are our terrific authors, rising to the occasion and thinking of creative ways forward.” Here in Antigua and Barbuda, our bookstores are among the businesses which have been deemed non-essential and closed these several weeks – not even deliveries, which would be ideal, especially outside of the city, I think, with children at home 24/7. The returns are less for online sales (in my experience) but buying books by whatever means they are available (e.g. ebooks, audio books) is one way of accessing a much-needed diversion while supporting the creative arts community. As a reminder, we have a bibliography of Antiguan and Barbudan books on this site, if you’re looking to #buylocal and, for my UK peeps, Myriad is offering a 25% discount as part of its read at home promo… more incentive to #stayhome and #read.

Daytime Emmy Noms

We spied a post by Wadadli Pen patron, NY-based Antiguan-Barbudan Junie Webson congratulating her son Samuel Daniel on his Daytime Emmy nomination for editing Seeing Yourself in US/Shades of U.S. for CUNYTV. proclaimed that this was the first of two nominations for Daniel as editor. The second nomination was for this profile of Trinbagonian Messiah Ramkissoon. Congrats to him on those nominations – I wasn’t able to find information on the outcome. But you know I never miss an opportunity to talk books and big up a regional artist. Three birds, one stone.

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Mailbox – Papillote Publishes Two More Award Winning Titles

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?

Home 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.

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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.

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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:

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And another announced forthcoming Burt title (from another publisher): the beast of kukuyo

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London Rocks, Just Write Antigua

Congratulations to former Wadadli Pen judge, Brenda Lee Browne, on the publication of her first novella, second book this year, London Rocks.

London Rocks

London Rocks is the story of Dante Brookes, a young man growing up in London in the late seventies and early eighties when sound systems ruled the party scene for young, Black British youth of Caribbean heritage. He navigates the loss of friends, police harassment and being a teenage father while forging a career as an MC. Dante stumbles into the acting profession and also becomes a writer. It is through these disparate experiences that he learns that the pen and mic at mightier than the sword.

Also in the final quarter of 2017, Browne – whose volunteer initiatives in the Antigua and Barbuda arts community, in addition to judging for the Wadadli Pen Challenge, have included a creative writing programme in the prison, coordinating the Independence literary arts competition, the Just Write Writers Retreat, various creative writing workshops, and spearheading advocacy for a national gallery – published a literary journal (her first book), the Just Write Antigua Journal, made up of visual writing prompts which she captured herself during her photographic wanderings around the island.

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London Rocks is the latest addition to the data base on Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.

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Mailbox – Caribbean Reads

Congrats to Caribbean Reads, a Nevis-registered press founded by U.S. based author Carol Ottley-Mitchell, the very definition of independent Caribbean press, for continuing to produce quality books for the children and teen/young adult market (including, in the past the Caribbean Adventure series, the Christmas anthology Round My Christmas Tree, which includes works by two Antiguan and Barbudan authors – me and Carel Hodge, and my own Musical Youth, a Burt finalist). This latest mailing concerns their publication of another Burt title Protector’s Pledge. Details, as received from Caribbean Reads, below:

About The Protectors’ Pledge
Twelve-year-old JV can’t wait to spend his vacation exploring the Oscuros Forest. True, everyone in the village of Alcavere believes the Oscuros Forest is a place to be feared, inhabited by dangerous and magical beings. But JV is not afraid, even when his first trip into the forest brings him face-to-face with a mysterious creature.

Then the disappearance of one of their own shakes the village and JV joins the search. He finds himself deep in the Oscuros Forest on a rescue mission and committed to a promise, a promise which the Protectors of the forest insist he keeps no matter how dangerous things get.

Can JV complete his daring quest even as he uncovers in the process, a shocking secret that will force him to question everything he thought he knew?

Ages 8-12 years old

About the Author
Trinidad-born Danielle Y. C. McClean is an educator, translator, and author. Her infatuation with words, cultivated from an early age, led to her studying law and languages and eventually to her writing her debut novel The Protectors’ Pledge. Read more about Danielle on her website.

The cover of The Protectors’ Pledge was illustrated by Ryan James with the back cover elements created by Cherise Harris.

Excerpt from The Protectors’ Pledge:
He was standing at the edge of a glade that could have been taken right out of a fairy tale. In the treeless clearing, golden beams of sunlight hit the earth which was covered in a downy layer of soft green moss; brown-and-white toadstools of varying sizes speckled the ground, and wild anthuriums and heliconias grew alongside a stream that opened into a dark pool framed with wet, slippery rocks.

The scene was stunning, but it was the beautiful woman leaning out of the pond and stretched over one of the larger rocks who held JV’s attention. Her chin rested on crossed arms, and her eyes were closed. Drops of water sparkled on her ebony shoulders like diamonds in the setting sun, and JV stood spellbound.

Then, without warning, her eyelids flicked up to reveal large greenish-gold orbs. She fixed them on JV, holding him in a stare that pierced to his very soul. He had the most curious sensation of detachment, as though he were no longer the master of his mind or body. Persistent tugs from Curty brought JV out of his trance, and in the split second that it took for JV to blink and refocus, the woman disappeared.
Copyright 2016 Danielle Y. C. McClean. All rights reserved.

Coming in 2017

Also on the horizon from CaribbeanReads:
•Barberry Hill by Carol Ottley-Mitchell
•Love’s Promise by Opal Palmer Adisa
•Lost! a Caribbean Sea Adventure by Joanne C. Hillhouse (formerly released as Fish Outta Water)

from Caribbean Reads facebook

Image from forthcoming Lost! a Caribbean Sea Adventure (Image not part of the mailing but posted to facebook by Caribbean Reads Publishing and as I’m excited about the forthcoming book, I wanted to share).

p.s. one of the cover artists on Protector’s Pledge is Cherise Harris who worked on another children’s picture book of mine, With Grace.

 

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