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Launch of the Masquerade Dance

Children in St. Kitts-Nevis were the first to experience the official launch of the new children’s book by Carol Mitchell, The Masquerade Dance. Mitchell spent the morning of Friday April 12 at the Charles A. Halbert Public Library in Basseterre, St. Kitts reading her book to groups of children who were there attending the Easter summer camp.

Reading to our young readers

Children in the older group were also enthralled by the story.

Something is interesting!

Student Interpretation of the Masquerade Dance

Student Interpretation of the Masquerade Dance

After the library event, Mitchell held a children-focused launch of the book. The launch, held at Splash St. Kitts, featured arts and crafts, a reading, and a demonstration of the masquerade by a local masquerader, Sylvester Huggins.

The calm before the storm

Children colouring on table-sized print outs of pages from the Masquerade Dance

Making masquerade hats


 

Colouring is fun for adults too!

I want to dance the masquerade!

Mitchell with her collaborator, Saulo

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Are you Wiki-ready?

In honor of Women’s History Month, arts’ institutes worldwide are organising events this Saturday (March 23, 2019) to improve Wikipedia entries related to notable women artists and art world figures. We (at CaribbeanReads) have occasionally updated lists of Caribbean writers on Wikipedia just to ensure that some of the more recently established Caribbean writers are represented, however, these writers often do not have pages or their pages are incomplete.

Wikipedia is a great example of a Catch-22. What makes it most useful, the fact that anyone can contribute and edit posts, makes it most dangerous. According to the Pew Research Center, “Wikipedia averages more than 18 billion page views per month, making it one of the most visited websites in the world,” data they extracted from Alexa.com, a Web tracking company owned by Amazon. Wikipedia is notoriously unreliable, but widely used and so it is important that all artists, (but of course our main concerns at CaribbeanReads are Caribbean artists), make sure they are accurately represented on this platform.

And so, while we are not organizing an official “wikipedia editathon” (maybe next year?), we encourage Caribbean artists to join with other artists and set aside some time tomorrow to look up your profile on Wikipedia and make sure you are accurately and effectively represented. Also feel free to post here about what you found and what you changed.

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CaribbeanReads in Zing LIAT Magazine March – April

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BBC Interview with Tata and the Big Bad Bull Author

Juleus Ghunta talks about his life and the experiences which led him to write his first children’s book, Tata and the Big Bad Bull

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New Book Teaser: Adult Fantasy in a Caribbean Setting


Formed by a group of enslaved men during Trinidad’s British colonial occupation, The Order has maintained the delicate balance between the world’s realms for centuries, preventing the Grey’s occupants from hunting in the Absolute and ensuring that humans remain unaware of the Grey’s existence. But not everyone believes these worlds should be separate. Some long for the days when fear ruled the earth, and The Order finds itself embattled by enemies outside and traitors within who conspire to unite the Absolute and the Grey. With the very essence of human existence under attack, Rohan, the last surviving member of the Stone Chapter of The Order, must act.
Assisted by Katharine, a soucouyant who has lived on the outskirts of a Trinidad swamp for more than a century, Rohan takes up the Order’s mantle, combining Kat’s wits and his fighting prowess to defeat the forces working to bring dangerous creatures across into the Absolute. They are joined by an eclectic group of recruits who risk torture, dismemberment, zombification, and death as they face a growing variety of grave threats and gruesome creatures.
About the Author
Trinidadian born Derry Sandy is a corporate lawyer barred in New York and living in Washington DC. He is new to creative writing—his previous writing credentials include articles for the Howard University Hilltop and legal briefs, articles and analyses written at his firm and at New York University School of Law where he received his J.D. Greyborn Rising is his first novel, but there is no doubt, this is what he is meant to do.

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2018 Round Up

Even though we are already looking forward to 2019 and the exciting line up we have scheduled for the new year, we like to take a look back at the accomplishments of the past year. Here are some highlights:

  • We published five children’s books this year, all launched to high acclaim.
  • Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse was included on the book list for third-formers in Antigua and Barbuda. It is also on a book list in Trinidad.
  • Tata and the Big Bad Bull by Juleus Ghunta received glowing reviews from the Midwest Book Review  and Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
  • We published our first books in Spanish.
  • We took part in two book festivals, the Brooklyn Book Festival in September and the Miami Book Festival in November.
  • Joanne C. Hillhouse was a featured author at the Miami Book Festival.
  • Our books were once again distributed by Hands Across the Sea and included in a brand new library in Entrepot, St. Lucia.
  • We made two new artist partnerships, one with Trinidadian Daniel O’Brien, the other? You will have to keep checking in with us to find out!

In 2018, we have an interesting cross-section of books, children’s picture books, children’s poetry books, activity books, and adult fiction. Stay tuned!

Here is what we published in 2018:​

   

 

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Zing Magazine November 2018


Our November 2018 Zing article featured Socamom Eva Greene Wilson whose Caribbean-centered parenting blog is taking the internet by storm, Tracey Baptist’s Minecraft, De Rightest Place by Barbara Jenkins, and How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs

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Not One But Two Spanish Titles from CaribbeanReads

CaribbeanReads’ first Spanish language titles will make their debut at the Miami Book Fair Street Fair November 16-18. The beloved Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure which reimagines the true story of an Arctic seal which found itself stranded in the waters off Antigua and Barbuda, is now available in Spanish. Also in Spanish is our most recent title, Sweet Victory (Dulce Victoria). Check them out at online retailers and bookstores near you.

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MBR – Another Great Review of Tata and the Big Bad Bull

The Midwest Book Review posted a very positive review of Tata and the Big Bad Bull by Juleus Ghunta.

“Written in musical verse, Tata and the Big Bad Bull is a West Indies morality tale, with more than one kernel of wisdom about human and animal relationships and interaction. … The colorful illustrations present animals as large, almost human creatures, and contain clues and context to the secrets of the story. All the musical verse is full of cheer and specific images of common island life… Tata and the Big Bad Bull is an island wisdom tale with messages of compassion for all.”

Nancy Lorraine
Senior Reviewer

Full review here.

Pick up a copy of Tata and the Big Bad Bull in bookstores or on Amazon. Read more reviews on GoodReads.

 

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The Old School Magazine Review – Tata and the Big Bad Bull

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine posted an enthusiastic review of Tata and the Big Bad Bull by Juleus Ghunta. Among other things, the reviewer points out that  “This cute children’s story is perfect for a read-aloud or beginning readers…This is an excellent story for toddlers up through upper elementary aged children. …There are so many huge life lessons tucked into this small children’s book that it is definitely one you’ll want to read multiple times.” Full review here.

Pick up a copy of Tata and the Big Bad Bull in bookstores or on Amazon. Read more reviews on GoodReads.

 

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