Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine October 2016

5 10 2016

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The October issue of BookIsh Plaza eZine is out now!
BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for (Dutch)Caribbean literature.

In this issue:

  • Children’s Book Week
  • Two Caribbean Writers Winner
  • ‘Danki di Bròns’ for BookIsh Plaza
  • Ambiance @ Book launch Met open ogen
  • And much more………

Do read & spread the eZine. The next one will appear in November.

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr. 55 OCTOBER 2016

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Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine March 2016

28 02 2016

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The MARCH issue of BookIsh Plaza eZine is out now!
BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for Caribbean literature.

In this issue:

  • 50th Anniversary Reissue of Jean Rhys’ Novel
  • Literary Celebration 30 Years Celebration Independence Aruba
  • 2016 Year of the Book
  • New Arrivals
  • Soon for Sale books
  • And more….

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.49 MARCH 2016

Visit BookIsh Plaza for our new arrivals!





Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine february 2016

7 02 2016

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The FEBRUARY issue is out now! BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for Caribbean literature.

In this issue:

  • Aruban Literary Life
  • The Age of Antoine ‘Twan’ Maduro
  • Raise Smart Kids, Read to Them
  • New Arrivals
  • Soon for Sale books
  • And more….

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.48 FEBRUARY 2016

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The Benefits of Reading Infographic

31 10 2014

Benefits of reading

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Papiamento Language Crossing Borders

26 04 2014

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Papiamento is crossing borders as of 2008 with the poems by poet/writer Quito Nicolaas.

For a long time the author Quito Nicolaas is publishing his poems in Aruba, Holland and other islands in the Kingdom. Nearly in all local papers his poems were published for a wide range of reader. Like in the Caribbean he also performed on different stages in Holland with his Papiamento poems,  explaining the content of his work.

The last decade he is also being recognised on the international level. As of 2008 his Papiamento crossed the borders and captivated the hearts of other peoples who  lost their hearts to the idyllic life of Aruba, its nature, its lovely people and the dreams for the future. That year a haiku of the author came out  in Albania in the magazine Haik Albania. China also was interested in his works and in 2009 ‘Scultura di Santo’, one of his poems, was published in The Dictionary of International Contemporary Poets. Not much later Revista Biografia from Brazil wanted to publicize his poem ‘Encuentro’ among others.

Canada was the next country in 2011 who publicized the poem ‘Deseo/Desire’ in the ezine World Poetry Reading Series. Argentine was next in 2013 and in the anthology Arte Poética; Antología Internacional de Poesía, two poems ‘Paisaje Lirico’ and ‘Pintura Corporal’ translated into Spanish by Ramon Todd Dandaré, were published.

Quito Nicolaas April 2014This year (2014) Poems for the Hazara: A Multilingual Poetry Anthology was published which has two poems by the author, namely ‘Conversation’ and ‘Betrayal’. And not long ago the magazine Margutte from Italy asked the author if they can publish his poems. One of the poems ‘Malvinas’ was translated into Italian.

In this way our maternal language Papiamento and our literature crossed the Caribbean border and travelled the world where peoples of Europe, Asia, North- and South America took notice of them. Not only were these continents introduced to the poetic art of this Aruban poet, but they also got to know the island of Aruba and our maternal language of Papiamento.

The works of Quito Nicolaas can be found at BookIsh Plaza.

Photo: I. de Cuba





Booklaunch ‘Bencho ta rebeldia’

28 03 2014

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Last Sunday March 23th was the booklaunch of Bencho ta rebeldia [Bencho’s gone rebelious] by Olga Buckley at Unoca.

Olga Buckley made her debut in the world of literature in Papiamento in Aruba with the poetry book Curashi (2002) and with Sin wak patras (2008). But she has also dedicated her time writing narrative. Her first work was Bencho ta dual (2006), followed by Bencho ta gana un bais (2008).

Her next publication in the Bencho series is Bencho ta rebeldia (2014). Ramon Todd Dandaré, Mag. Ling. speaks of the first literary saga, a chronicle of the life and times of Bencho Kock. A saga narrates the history of one or more characters, relating the history of the family over different generations.

Read an article (in Papiamento) Presentacion di Bencho ta rebeldia di Olga Buckley, which Ramon Todd Dandaré Mag. Ling. wrote about the presentation.

View an impression of the Presentation of Bencho ta rebeldia

 





BookIsh Plaza eZine January issue 2014

17 01 2014

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A new year, a fresh new outlook on the BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.25 JAN 2014. A new feature is the ease in which you can link to the books in the webshop.
The eZine has a lot of literary information, like the latest publications by writer/poem Quito Nicolaas.
Tell us what you think. Enjoy the read and do share it with others.

BookIsh Plaza team





Book Launch

4 12 2013

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Book launch on the representation of slavery in the arts. Our writer Quito Nicolaas wrote an article on historical novel in the Caribbean and how they influence our perception on life.

 





Book Launch ‘Nameless’

1 08 2013

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The Aruban poet Jermin Bell will be making his debut tomorrow at the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (library).
The poetry book will be soon available @ BookIsh Plaza





Meet & Greet the Author Quito Nicolaas

6 06 2013

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Friday June 7th there will be a Meet & Greet the Author Quito Nicolaas at the Teresita Center in San Nicolas, Aruba. The literary evening will start at 7:30 p.m. This is an oportunity for the Aruban people to get to know the author more up, close and personal.

The author will give some insights on his new novel in Papiamento Sombra di recuerdo. This novel, the tenth book in his works, is the most massive document written up to now in the Papiamento language and of the Aruban and Antillean literature. Quito Nicolaas is known for his publications of poetry and novels in diverse languages. This novel has been written especially for the Celebration of the Year of Papiamento in Aruba.

The author will connect the story in the book with life in his hometown of San Nicolas and in Aruba of the 60s and 70s in an interactive session with the audience. Papiamento teachers will read fragments of the novel.

A known journalist will have an in depth interview with the author on the novel and other related topics. And the audience will have the chance to ask questions.

The book trailer of Sombra di recuerdo , especially made for this occasion will be shown. Furthermore a celebration of the tenth book and Nicolaas’s writers life will be shown.
The literary evening will be closed with a book signing session with the author.

The book can be purchased at the local bookstores on Aruba and Curaçao. And online at BookIsh Plaza





Meet the Author @ School

26 05 2013

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Author Quito Nicolaas will be talking to pupils at his former high school this Friday.

Telling the pupils about his new novel Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] where the protagonists of the book also went to Filomena College in San Nicolas, Aruba. But also of his own experiences back at school and the importance of writing.

The meeting is especially for the pupils of the 3rd grade, their parents and the neighbours in the vicinity of the school.

The book will be available at the local bookstores in Aruba, Curaçao & Bonaire. And online @ BookIsh Plaza

 





Book Launch Papiamento Novel a Success

22 05 2013

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Yesterday the book launch of Quito Nicolaas’s Papiamento novel Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] was a success.
A double celebration on that day. It was a celebration of a decade that the Papiamento language became an oficial language on the island of Aruba. But also a celebration of the tenth book in the oeuvre of this Aruban writer.
An entertaining evening with speakers on the history and  the struggles the Papiamento language went through to get recognized.
An analysis of the message Quito Nicolaas conveys in his work. A sneak peek of the novel Sombra di recuerdo. Readings of the new novel. And music of words all around.

IMG_3054Angelo Tromp of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba in The Hague opened the event ‘Nos Idioma, Nos Cultura’ giving an introduction on the meaning of May 21rst for the Papiamento language. This day is also the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2002.

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Collection of old books in the Papiamento language. A treasure of words.

Henri HabibeLinguïst Henry Habibe giving an insight on the struggles of the Papiamento language through history and reciting some of the powerful poems of poets defending the language on a literary level.

IMG_3070Cultural Anthropologist dr. Francio Guadeloupe gave an insight how to interpret the work by the author Quito Nicolaas.
‘As a “changing same”(a repeating question, but every time on just in a slightly other way) is presented to us then we’ll sing along and begin to dance. Class and ethnicity than do far less to it. Nos ta baila. We jammin. If like dancing the oldest form of thinking is — a pattern with renewal, losing your habitual sense of self to find yourself and the World renewed and transformed — then let’s think like a dancer.
Only in this way can we understand Quito Nicolaas.
The work of Quito Nicolaas — Bos pa PlantaAtardi di Antaño, Gerede Twijfels, Verborgen Leegte— I interpret as a literary tune. It is a changing same. If he does it in prose or poetry form, his oeuvre is an invitation to reflect on the question: what do we share? What do we share as citizens of the Kingdom of The Netherlands? What we continue to share even if we call ourselves Aruban, Antillian or Dutch? What do we share despite the fact that we’re born dark brown, light brown or have a pinkish skin color?’
Read his introduction further on in the next post.

IMG_3065The young talented poet Natusha Croes of HALA in Holland (a poet collective of Aruban students in The Netherlands) read a fragment of the book. A section where the friends were nearly on the brink of unvailing part of a secret, but silence stood in their way.

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Quito Nicolaas talked about the setting of the book in a village of San Nicolas in the 70s and gave some spicy insights of the book that shook the audience awake.

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Next the novel Sombra di recuerdo was presented to the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba in The Hague Edwin Abath, who received it with much proudness and satisfaction. It’s the third book during his term that is presented to him by the author. For sure a productive writer.

IMG_3095A succesful ending of a delightful literary evening.





NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine May Issue

8 05 2013

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This time a short review of the literary afternoon held a week ago at the Public Library in The Hague, speaking of the novel Verborgen leegte, which was a success.
Mother’s Day tips, new arrivals and soon for sale books.

In the Picture this time with the crowdfunding for the Papiamento novel Sombra di recuerdo by Quito Nicolaas. Check out this link on how you can make an investment.

Finally commemorating the 2nd World War in books we have some historical books, bringing more insights of that time in history.

Do enjoy this issue and keep cherishing books like we do. Share it with your friends.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 17, MAY 2013





A Literary Meeting with Quito Nicolaas

27 03 2013

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The Dutch Caribbean Book Club wil organize a literary meeting with poet/writer Quito Nicolaas on his novel ‘Verborgen leegte’ [Hiddem Emptiness] on Saturday April the 20th 2013 at the Centrale Bibliotheek in the Hague.

Everybody is invited to assist. Free entrance.

The book is up to April the 20th available at a special price at BookIsh Plaza

 





Quito Nicolaas Wrote Dictation in the Papiamento Language

20 02 2013

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BookIsh Publishers is proud to announce that her published writer Quito Nicolaas wrote the dictation for ‘E Gran Dictado di Papiamento’ to take place coming Saturday on the island of Aruba.

Papiamento is the maternal language of the community living on the Caribbean island. The aim is to stimulate the correct use of the language and to cherish the cultural heritage. People can participate and test out if they dominate the language and there are of course prices to give away.

The dictation is organized in celebration of February the 21st, the International Mother Language Day. It’s a double celebration, for 2013 is also the Year of Papiamento.

Quito Nicolaas is an avid writer of the Papiamento language and has written lots of books in his mother tongue. The last one ‘Bos pa Planta’  [Constructing Voices] was published by BookIsh Publishers. Currently we’re preparing new work soon to come out. His books and other language books are available @ BookIsh Plaza

 





NEW! Special X-mas Issue BookIsh Plaza Ezine

2 12 2012

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Book news in the new ezine for these cold months coming. Get up close & personal with author Quito Nicolaas in an interview on his X-mas short stories in the book Alameda. Great children’s books like Kompa Nanzi, the smartest spider, for the festive season, New arrivals and much more

Enjoy reading the ezine.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 11, DEC 2012





Lecture Quito Nicolaas @ Literary St. Maarten

2 12 2012

Lecture on St. Maarten literature 2012