Impression Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist

27 11 2011


By eneryvibes

Last friday it was all about art at UniArte’s Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. An Art Exhibition, which  included different types of art such as spoken word, theater, films, sculptures, paintings, and photography by Dutch Caribbean artists.
Upcoming young artists  and art lovers met each other at a spectacular expo to network in an ambiance of creativity. An initiative by UniArte who wants to expose Dutch Caribbean people in a positive light. 
Bookish Plaza was also there with a bookstand pushing the Caribbean art of writing forward. Our own writer Quito Nicolaas read from his novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness].

Preparing

Hanging up the paintings

De Vogels checking it out

Opening of the expo

Fans of the arts

Speach by the initiator young filmmaker Sharelly Emanuelson

All ears!

Photography by Richard Terborg

The young ambiance

Conceptual art by Robin de Vogel

Step on it! Mold it!

Bold art by Joanie Croes

 

BookIsh Plaza bookstand

Author Quito Nicolaas

Interesting books

Networking

Sharelly Emanuelson & Quito Nicolaas with Verborgen leegte in hand

Having a ball

More art

Contemporary artist & writer

The filmmaker roling

 

 Quito Nicolaas & Robin de Vogel

The DJ for the night bringing on some smooth rhytms

 

An awesome Expo





Tomorrow Presentation Dutch Translation of Mars’ “Saisons sauvages”

23 11 2011

New Book: Dutch Translation of Kettly Mars’ “Saisons sauvages”

On November 24, 2011, starting at 8:00pm, Kettly Mars (Haiti) presents the Dutch translation of her novel Saisons sauvages [Wrede Seizoenen] at the MC Theatre’s Grote zaal (Great Hall) in Amsterdam. She will be joined by visual artist Natasja Kensmil and singer Shirma Rouse. The evening events will be led by journalist Tanja Fraai. Lucia Nankoe, novelist and critic is the curator for this evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Kettly Mars is one of the 2011 Prince Claus laureates. With the prize, the Prince Claus Fund honored her bold approach in addressing unconventional topics, which has given new impetus to Caribbean literature. At this event, Mars will read passages from the book and she will speak about some of the major themes highlighted in the text.

Saisons sauvages takes place in the Port-au-Prince of the 1960s and is framed within the François Duvalier era, where tontons macoutes systematically eliminate the regime’s opponents.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands

Soon available @ BookIsh Plaza





Poems Influenced by Calypso & Jazz

23 11 2011


New Book and Album: Anthony Joseph’s “Rubber Orchestras”

 

Rubber Orchestras is a new collection by Trinidadian–born British poet Anthony Joseph, released this month by Salt Publishing. It is also the title of Joseph’s third album with The Spasm Band, which was released earlier this year.

Taking its name from a poem by American surrealist Ted Joans, Rubber Orchestras is an energetic, sensuous and intriguing collection of poems, written over a period of four years with an (as yet) undisclosed method of composition the writer calls Liminalism. This collection was selected from 100 poems written using this method. This is the poets’ most radical work so far, in parts psychedelic, surrealist but always engaging. [. . .] The book is divided into three sections: Precious and Impossible — a selection of poems influenced in subject and style by calypso and jazz; The Colony of Light — poems concerning Caribbean history and society; and Grotesquerie, in which there are darker, more obscure poems.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands





Writings on Caribbean Women

23 11 2011

New Book: Helen Hernández Hormilla’s “Mujeres en crisis”

Helen Hernández Hormilla’s Mujeres en crisis: Aproximaciones a lo femenino en las narradoras cubanas de los noventa (Havana: Publicaciones Acuario, Centro Félix Varela, 2011), a new study on contemporary women’s writing in Cuba was launched at the UNEAC on October 24, 2011. The book was introduced by scholar Zaida Capote Cruz, author of the book’s prologue.

Journalist Hernández Hormilla won the UNEAC’s first prize for essay for this exploration of the representation of women in female narrative of the 1990s from the perspective of gender. Divided into three chapters “Puntos de partida” [Points of Departure], “En busca de una tradición de narradoras en Cuba” [In Search of a Women Writers’Tradition in Cuba], and “Paradigmas en conflicto: Representaciones de la mujer en la narrativa femenina de los noventa” [Conflicting Paradigms: Representations of Women in Female Narrative of the 1990s], the text also reviews the main conceptual tools of gender theory and feminist literary criticism on which the analysis is grounded, as well as the history of women’s writing on the island, linking it to the socio-historical particularities of each time period.

Read fulle article @ Repeating Islands





Lasana Sekou’s English/Spanish book represents Caribbean Literature in Venezuela

23 11 2011

GREAT BAY, St. Martin (November 21, 2011)—Representing what is new or canonical in Caribbean Literature is probably getting more difficult as the region’s national literatures continue to produce more writers within the various countries and territories. But independent Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez recently went to one of Venezuela’s prestigious universities to do just that.         

“I was invited to give lectures during two weeks in October to the Master of Arts program on Ibero-American Literature, headed by Professor Arnaldo Valero at the Instituto de Investigaciones Literarias Gonzalo Picón Febres, of the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela,” said Rodríguez on Sunday.
“As my last lecture in Mérida was about Lasana M. Sekou, they decided to launch Corazón de pelícano” on October 14, said Rodriguez.
And that is how the St. Martin book Pelican Heart – An Anthology of Poems by Lasana M. Sekou/ Corazón de pelícano – Antología poética de Lasana M. Sekou was launched as a contemporary example of Caribbean Literature at the University of the Andes (ULA).

In addition to the copies bought by students and other guests, review copies of the book was “presented to professors and researchers at ULA who would make use of it in the classroom and in their studies of Caribbean and Latin American literatures,” said Rodríguez.
ULA is the second-oldest university in Venezuela, dating back to 1810; and ranks among “the top 30 research institutions in Latin America.” (wikipedia.com)
The ULA request for the Pelican Heart launch allowed Rodríguez to continue his introduction of the St. Martin author to Hispanic audiences.

Rodríguez is the editor of Pelican Heart/Corazón de pelícano (HNP, 2010), in which all of the poems are translated to Spanish by Maria Teresa Ortega from the original English. The editor wrote the critical introduction to the 432-page book. There’s an extensive bibliography by the editor and the poet explaining a number of words, terms, symbols, names, dates, and language fragments in the poems.

            At the ULA lectures Rodríguez focused critically on performance poetry and what he terms the “oraliture” of a region that has produced a stellar number of world-class authors, across its different language zones, in a short historical period, and in a relatively very small geographic space.
Rodríguez included video clips of writers, poets, and storytellers he discussed as central to the graduate class theme: Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados), Linton Kwesi Johnson (UK), Mutabaruka (Jamaica), Paul Keens-Douglas (Trinidad & Tobago), Louise Bennett (Jamaica), Elis Juliana (Curacao), Mikey Smith (Jamaica), and Sekou (St. Martin).

The Pelican Heart collection, which Italian literary critic Dr. Sara Florian calls “an election” of Sekou’s poems from 1978 to 2010, has been previously launched with critical introductions in Barbados, Cuba, and Mexico.
A book signing for Pelican Heart was held in St. Martin last February at the Jubilee Library as part of the Tribute to the Great Salt Pond concert by Sekou (poetry) and Nicole de Weever (dance).

 Photo caption:

A university student smiles while Rodríguez signs her copy of Pelican Heart/Corazón de pelícano, an English-Spanish anthology of poems by Lasana Sekou, in Mérida, Venezuela. (Cristina Gutiérrez photo)

Source: House of Nehesi Publishers

Books by the poet of St. Martin Lasana M. Sekou can be obtained @ BookIsh Plaza.





Words Without Borders in the Caribbean Sphere

23 11 2011

 “title unknow” by Lavar Munroe

November 2011: Writing from the Caribbean

This month Words Without Borders present literature from the Caribbean. Writers from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, and Puerto Rico contribute compelling portraits of their countries and societies. From sober reports on natural disasters and political oppression to antic depictions of sexuality run amok, the pieces collected here testify to the range and vitality of this region’s writers. Haiti’s Dany Laferrière reports from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake. In an excerpt from his Prix Goncourt-shortlisted novel, Lyonel Trouillot sends a young woman in search of her family history. Cuba’s Jorge Olivera Castillo brings a nightmare to life. His countryman Omar Pérez performs a lively regguetón. From Martinique, Suzanne Dracius rides with Amazons, while Johan Moya Ramis struggles with an unruly body part. Évelyne Trouillot gives voice to a madwoman on a turbulent journey. Puerto Rico’s Juan Flores presents a tap-dancing sage, while José María Lima speaks from the grave. In poetry from the Dominican Republic, Frank Baez paints a self-portrait, José Mármol communes with nature, and Aurora Arias comes full circle. Enjoy this island tour.

Check it out @ Words Witout Borders





Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist

21 11 2011


BookIsh Plaza will have a bookstand on friday november 25th at the very first Meet & Greet Dutch Caribbean Artist In Amsterdam.
We’ll be selling books by Caribbean authors. So come by and have a look at our assortment of books.
More information on the poster. See you there.





Short Photo Impression Booklaunch Meerstemmig Verleden

16 11 2011

The persons who were interviewed for the book on stage


Sara Polak, Roy Groenberg baptising Meerstemmig Verleden 

Belkis Osepa, Quito Nicolaas & Helga Fredison


Roy Groenberg giving a speech (right)


Jazz singer Izaline Calister closing the night

Check out an interview with Quito Nicolaas on the issue by the Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (in Dutch) @ RNW

Meerstemmig Verleden will be soon available @ BookIsh Plaza





Novel Verborgen leegte in Your Local Library

16 11 2011

The novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness] by Quito Nicolaas is now available in your local library in De Nieuwe Bibliotheek ALMERE, Openbare Bibliotheek AMSTERDAM and other big cities of Holland.
So run to the library and lend it or buy it @ Bookish Plaza





NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine

13 11 2011


The BookIsh Plaza Team is proud to announce that our very first BookIsh Plaza Ezine is out; the new ezine on (Caribbean) literature, poetry and non fiction books. This ezine will be coming out each month with interesting books and news on the (Caribbean) bookfront. In this issue we have news of a booklaunch coming up this week, new arrived books at BookIsh Plaza, the developments around the novel Verborgen leegte, the upcoming UniArte Expo, in depth poetry in Spiel di mi Alma and much more.

We are sure you’ll enjoy our first issue. Do let us know what you think of this new ezine, by sending us an e-mail at info@bookishplaza.com.
Next month we’ll be bringing you a special issue for the Christmas Season.

Feel free to pass the ezine on to persons who may be interested.
If you want to subscribe to our ezine, send an e-mail to info@bookishplaza.com

Check out the ezine here BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 1 nov. 2011

The BookIsh Plaza Team





Booklaunch “Meerstemmig Verleden” on Dutch Slavery Past

5 11 2011

On tuesday November 15th the book Meerstemmig Verleden will be presented at 8.00 p.m. at De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 2, Amsterdam. There will be a debate on different representations of the Dutch slavery past (in response to the tv series De Slavernij), stories, music and cabaret.

The book is published by KIT Publishers and gives personal accounts of how people view slavery. It is the result of the project of the Foundation Colorful Past about Dutch slavery past.

Aruban poet/writer Quito Nicolaas is one of the persons interviewed. He emphasizes the responsibility of the Creole-Surinamese community in gathering personal stories of the slavery experience. Helga Fredison put the emancipation struggle of her famous great-uncle Anton de Kom and Eddy Caffé is still deeply connected to the Church where his great-grandfather worked as a slave. By accommodating these personal stories creates a nuanced picture of the legacy of the Dutch slavery past. A nuance that is lacking in debates. 

TICKETS are obtained @ De Nieuwe Liefde

“Meerstemmig Verleden” soon available @ BookIsh Plaza





“Kwelgeesten rond de kapokboom” Recently Launched

5 11 2011

Last Friday november 4th saw the booklaunch of Kwelgeesten rond de kapokboom by author Charlotte Doornhein and visual artist Frouwkje Smit who sketches with the crossover novel and the art video, exceptional stories that take place around a nature reserve in Curaçao where in ancient times Indians lived.

Doornheim is also the organisor of the Festival Literaire Tippel Zone on Curaçao. A festival that attracts thousands of visitors each year-young and old. The name Charlotte Doornhein guarantees mystery and innovation in art & literature.

Read full article (in Dutch) @ Caribe Magazine





New book by Puerto Rican Author to be Launched

5 11 2011

Booklaunch of LuzAzul, new novel by Antonio Aguado Charneco

The presentation will be made on Thursday, 10 November 2011, at the Center for Puerto Rico, at 7: 00 pm. LuzAzul, published under the label of Isla Negra Editores, involves in its plot vivid and ambiguous love, during the University strike of the year 2010.Antonio Aguado Charneco, a writer awarded by both national and international cultural institutions some of which are: UNESCO, the Puerto Rican Ateneo, the Institute for literature, Los Juegos Florales de San Germán and the circle of writers and poets Iberoamericanos.
 
Among others, Antonio Aguado Charneco has published the books Anacahuita: Florespinas (2006), Ouroboros: seis cuentos (1985), Bajarí Baracutey: El taíno de la cueva (1993), and Sendero umbrío (1997).
 
Read full article (in Spanish) @ Boreales
 




Booklaunch latest book by Dominican Writer

5 11 2011

New Book: Carmen Imbert-Brugal’s “Memorias de la Señora”

Dominican writer Carmen Imbert-Brugal will present her most recent book of short stories Memorias de la Señora (Editorial Santuario, 2011) at the XIV International Book Fair of Puerto Rico, which takes place from November 9-13, 2011. The presentation will take place on November 9, at 7:00pm, at the Poets Café at the Peace Pavilion (Luís Muñoz Rivera Park).

[Also see Puerto Rico’s XIV International Book Fair]

Read full article @ Repeating Islands





Disturbing Collection of Poems

5 11 2011

New Book: “Cadáver de bailarina”

Described as “a disturbing collection of poems, ideal to read before going to the bed (or the grave),” Cadáver de bailarina y otros poemas [Body of a Dancer and other poems] (Lulu, 2011) is a new book by Rosalina Martínez González.

Description: A dancer who returns from death to complete the mise-en-scène. Centuries-old night owls meditate about their craft: blood; oriental spirits who tell of their adventures from the body of their victims, and conversations with more or less famous dead people. Cadáver de bailarina y otros poemas reflects on various phenomena surrounding the death, dark feelings and emotions contained from the perspective of the beings that take center stage. A collection of poems of improbable post-mortem experiences, ideal to read before going to bed (or the grave).

Read full article @ Repeating Islands





Tips on How to Write Fiction

5 11 2011

 

How to write fiction: Geoff Dyer on freedom

Writing is a natural process – we’re all geared up to do it, says Geoff Dyer
Open thread: how to write fiction

The great thing about this cat – the writing one – is that there are a thousand different ways to skin it. In fact, you don’t have to skin it at all – and it doesn’t even need to be a cat! What I mean, in the first instance, is feel free to dispute or ignore everything in this introduction or in the articles that follow. As Tobias Wolff puts it in his masterly novel Old School: “For a writer there is no such thing as an exemplary life … Certain writers do good work at the bottom of a bottle. The outlaws generally write as well as the bankers, though more briefly. Some writers flourish like opportunistic weeds by hiding among the citizens, others by toughing it out in one sort of desert or another.”

This freedom is the challenging perk of the non-job. If you are a tennis player any weakness – an inability, say, to deal with high-bouncing balls to your backhand – will be just that. And so you must devote long hours of practice to making the vulnerable parts of your game less vulnerable. If you are a writer the equivalent weakness can rarely be made good so you are probably better off letting it atrophy and enhancing some other aspect of your performance.

Writers are defined, in large measure, by what they can’t do. The mass of things that lie beyond their abilities force them to concentrate on the things they can. “I can’t do this,” exclaims the distraught Mother-Writer in People Like That Are the Only People Here, Lorrie Moore’s famous story about a young child dying of cancer. “I can do quasi-amusing phone dialogue. I do the careful ironies of daydreams. I do the marshy ideas upon which intimate life is built …” From the sum total of these apparent trivialities emerges a fiction which succeeds in doing precisely what it claims it can’t.

Read full article @ The Guardian





Latest Poetry Book by Rosabelle Illes Now on BookIsh Plaza

2 11 2011

BookIsh Plaza just received two books by the Aruban poet Rosabelle Illes. Her latest is called Spiel di mi Alma [Mirror of my soul] (2010) in Papiamento* where she reflects on society, her own role and appeal to others to make the step for change. Her poetry are made to be performed. That is what she also does.

Last year at the book launch of Spiel di mi Alma it was a complete performance using different disciplines of the art. See an impression of the night @ eneryvibes’s blog The book is beautifully illustrated by different contemporary young artists.

* Papiamento/u is the language spoken on the islands of Aruba, Curaçao & Bonaire.

BookIsh Plaza also has her debut poetry book Beyond Insanity that is written in English. In this publication she explores the state of being insane and beyond that. What are the limits if you go there. It’s all about letting go and explore the unknown borders of the mind. The book is richly illustrated by one of the finest contemporary artists of Aruba, Nigel Matthew.

Rosabelle Illes is currently studying psychology and  a minor in creative writing in The Netherlands.

Both works are available now @ Bookish Plaza

Watch the introductory text to the book entitled Spiel di mi Alma, performed by Rosabelle Illes.