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Book Discussion: Trauma in Indo-Caribbean Literature — Repeating Islands

I’ll admit I don’t often think of Caribbean books along ethnic lines as I’m reading – they’re Caribbean or not Caribbean to me – but there’s no denying that the Caribbean is made up of different communities with different types of experiences that are different and yet all part of being in the world as a Caribbean person. And the trauma, they are rich in trauma of a different type, and the family dynamics and history that informs that. That said, I did a mental check, to see what are some Indo-Caribbean (meaning Caribbean people of East Indian descent) books I’ve read (I’ll link my review if I did one) and which you might want to check out.

The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
Miguel Street by V S Naipaul
A House for Mr. Biswas by V S Naipaul
Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo
Tide Running by Oonya Kempadoo
Littletown Secrets by K. Jared Hosein
Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh

I need to do better. – JCH, Wadadli Pen founder-coordinator and blogger

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Tiara Jade Chutkhan’s (Brown Girl Magazine) focuses books such as Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad, by Krystal A. Sital; Trauma: A Collection of Short Stories, by Elizabeth Jaikaran; Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge; and Harold Sonny Ladoo’s No Pain Like This […]

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August 8, 2020 · 9:15 pm

The African American Experience: The Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List — grow. learn. connect.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library compiled a Black Liberation Reading List in response to the current uprisings around the world. You can find the majority of the items from their list through the following links to the JMRL catalog. American Sonnets for My Past and Future […]

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June 20, 2020 · 3:42 am

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 14 “For the Love of Poets” #napowrimo #glopowrimo #poetrychallenge #poetry — chattinatti

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 14 Specifically, I challenge you today to write a poem that deals with the poems, poets, and other people who inspired you to write poems. “For the Love of Poets” Nursery rhymes were my first foray Into the world of poetry. Memorised many And up to this day I can recite them […]

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April 16, 2020 · 3:53 am

Why Authors Love Editors by Laurie Wallmark — Nerdy Book Club

We authors love our editors. A lot. When we submit a manuscript, we think it’s pretty darn good. (Otherwise we wouldn’t have submitted it.) But after an editor get ahold of it, we realize just how much better our story can be. They help us polish our manuscripts, so they sparkle. I thought I’d share […]

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March 16, 2020 · 6:21 am

‘You Will Soon Feel the Same Heat We Feel Every Day.’ Read This Powerful Speech From a Young Ugandan Climate Activist — TIME

Young people have been taking action on climate change around the world (including right here in Antigua and Barbuda, and the Caribbean). Here’s a story out of Africa.

 

After world leaders left September’s U.N. General Assembly with few commitments on fighting climate change, youth activists descended on the C40 Mayors summit in Copenhagen to demand action from the leaders of the world’s largest cities. Many young people in Europe were inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who in 2018 began striking from school…

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October 12, 2019 · 6:15 am

Teen Encounters (#MusicalYouthbook) — jhohadli

Musical Youth, the second edition of which was released in summer 2019, has led to some great teen encounters. Last October I had just performed at an event in which I read an excerpt from Musical Youth cueing some teens who were also performing at the event that I was the author of the book […]

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October 5, 2019 · 3:15 pm

Congrats, Tayari: Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner 2019 – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones — Word by Word

The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 winner was announced on June 5 and the prize this year went to American author Tayari Jones for her novel An American Marriage, published by One World, who brought us my favourite book of 2018 Kintu by Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. Renowned for publishing: “emotionally engaging stories with […]

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June 11, 2019 · 2:33 am

Huge Fire Breaks Out in Paris’ Famous Notre Dame Cathedral — TIME

A huge fire appears to have broken out in Paris’ Notre Dame, the world-famous, 850-year-old cathedral. A Paris fire department spokesperson told Reuters that the area was being cleared and a large-scale operation was underway to address the blaze. Videos and images of the enormous fire engulfing the medieval Catholic cathedral have flooded social media.…

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April 15, 2019 · 6:17 pm

5th Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair — Repeating Islands

The 5th Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair will take place from April 10 to 13, 2019, at the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Related events will take place at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts and the Government House in Frederiksted, and Undercover Bookstore in Christiansted. Authors gathering […]

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March 19, 2019 · 11:10 pm

Kwame Dawes and Ishion Hutchinson Awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize — Repeating Islands

Brittle Paper announced that Kwame Dawes and Ishion Hutchinson were among the winners of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize. They will receive their awards in September at an annual international literary festival at Yale University. Professor Kwame Dawes is among the eight recipients of the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prizes, which, at $165,000 for each winner, is one of the richest literary prizes […]

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March 16, 2019 · 4:11 am