BookIsh Plaza eZine April Issue 2014 is out!

29 03 2014

cover ezine april

Read the new BookIsh Plaza eZine April issue now!

In the Picture has a special feature of the new Bencho children´s book in Papiamento.
Lots of new arrivals for the upcoming Arubadagviering this Sunday. Lots of other events like this activity of on unspoken words of poets

We hope you like the eZine and do share it with literary lovers.

Read the BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.28 APRIL 2014

First Novel for Jamaican Writer Olive Senior

8 12 2011

Prize-winning Jamaican writer, Olive Senior, will launch her first novel, Dancing Lessons, on Sunday, December 11 at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. The launch will be held at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre and will begin at 11 a.m., Jamaica’s Gleaner reports.

Dancing Lessons is sad, satirical, hilarious, and ultimately redemptive. A novel infused with the cadences and colour of Jamaica yet connecting with anyone anywhere who engages with notions of family, love, loss, friendship and belonging.

This new novel is further acknowledgement of Senior’s prodigious talent.

Since publishing her first poetry collection, Talking of Trees in 1985, Senior has published three other well-received poetry collections. Gardening in the Tropics won the F.J. Bressani Literary Prize, while Over the Roofs of the World (2005) was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and Cuba’s Casa de las Americas Prize, and Shell (2007) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands

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

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
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.
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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

Posthumous Book by Dutch-Surinamese Writer

22 10 2011

The Dutch-Surinamese writer Clark Accord who died last May left an unfinished novel.
On October 28, 2011 the novel Plantation d’Amour, published by Nijgh & Van Ditmar, will be launched at the Public Library Amsterdam. The book examines the period of the Dutch-Surinamese slavery.

The writer became famous chiefly for his novel De Koningin van Paramaribo [The Queen of Paramaribo], about the life of the Surinamese prostitute Maxi Linder. More than 100,000 copies of the book was sold. A theatre piece has been made and a film is in the making.

Accord, who died on May 11 at the age of 50, could not finish the novel. The omitted chapters, notes and annotations were sufficient to make the book, they said. On his deathbed Accord talked to his editor about how the novel should end.

The book will be soon available for sale @ BookIsh Plaza

Booklaunch Boundaries by Elizabeth Nunez

22 10 2011

Elizabeth Nunez presents her new novel, Boundaries, at the Americas Society.

Trinidadian-U.S. writer Nunez will present her seventh novel, a work that takes on the thorny subject of racial and immigrant tensions and the marginalization of writers of color. Read a review of Boundaries @ The New York Times
The program will also feature literary critic Donette Francis (Binghamton University). Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College, CUNY, will provide comments prior to the discussion.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
6:30 pm
Free admission

Elizabeth Nunez is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College in New York City, and the award-winning author of seven novels, including Prosperos Daughter (New York Times Editors’ Choice; 2006 Novel of the Year, Black Issues Book Review) and Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award). She is coeditor with Jennifer Sparrow of the anthology Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad. Nunez is executive producer of the 2004 NY Emmy-nominated CUNY TV series Black Writers in America. She also chaired the PEN American Center’s Open Book committee, helping to launch the PEN Beyond Margins award for writers of color. Her latest book Anna In-Between was nominated for the 2010 International Impac Literary Award.

Status Aparte & Aruban Literature

1 04 2011

The Aruban Writer living in the Netherlands Quito Nicolaas launched on Tuesday 15 March 2011 in Aruba his latest poetry book Bos pa Planta. At this occasion Wim Rutgers spoke about 25 years status aparte, 25 years of Aruban literature in his lecture: A Sense of Belonging? Migration was the main topic.

Read the article HERE AD 21 march 2011

‘Verborgen leegte’ & ‘Bos pa Planta’ in the Local Press in Curaçao

1 04 2011

Homage to Quito Nicolaas During a Delightful Evening

17 03 2011

Yesterday it was full house in the Cas di Cultura during the presentation of Bos pa Planta, the new poetry book by Quito NicolaasThe booklaunch was in the ambiance of 25 years Status Aparte with recitation of poetry, literary speeches and music. The first copy of Bos pa Planta was presented to Astrid Britten, director of the National Library of Aruba. Bos pa Planta gave recognition to eight young talents on different areas of the arts. They were also presented with a copy by the author. Thereafter some of the poems were recited. It was a delightful evening with visitors from the literary, art and cultural circle. Take a look at a photo impression of the evening.

Astrid Britten, director of the National Library of Aruba delivering her opening speech

Wim Rutgers, professor of Caribbean Literature, delivered his speech ‘A Sense of Belonging: Status Aparte 25 years Literature’

the author delivering his speech on the growth and constraints in literary development

the author and young talents in the background

presenting the first copy to Astrid Britten, director of the National Library Aruba

Mrs. Kip receiving Bos pa Planta on behalf of her multidisciplinary daughters Ayra & Ira Kip

the theater talent Hildward Werleman & the author

the talented dancer Orwin Gomes & the author

the fabulous visual artist Lara Kuiperi posing with the author

the young talented singer Jonathan Croes with the autor

mother of the young talented poet Rosabelle Illes very glad to receive Bos pa Planta

mother of  the cineast Jo Henriquez receving his copy

the poetry book highlighted young Aruban talents working on different disciplines

Christy Kip recited ‘Piedra’ [Stone]

Lara reciting ‘Na caminda’ [On the way]

Jonathan reciting ‘Un canto pa union’ [Cry for unity]

the public enjoying in the theatre of Cas di Cultura

A cast of musicians accompanied the booklaunch of Bos pa Planta. The Grupo Kadushi Largo consisting of predominately young musicians played typical music. Etty Toppenberg delighted the public with romantic music. Harry Zimmerman sang some of his beautiful compositions dedicated to the island of Aruba. And Jonathan Croes, who a few days ago won ‘Un canto pa nos Himno y Bandera’ [music contest celebrating 35 years of the National Anthem & Flag/25 years of Status Aparte], made the public swing with his latest song ‘Celebracion di Plata ta 25’

Grupo Kadushi Largo

Etty Toppenberg

Harry Zimmerman, accompanied on guitar by Etty Toppenberg (l)

Jonathan Croes

Grupo Kadushi Largo

playing a typical instrument

Kadushi Largo musicians on tambor

young musicians of Grupo Kadushi Largo giving a splendid performance and closing the evening

After the speeches and music, visitors could meet&greet the author. The booksigning followed. It was a great evening and a pleasant atmosphere. People lingered on till late with a glass of wine in hand and chatting with friends and family.

the book table

proud to have obtained Bos pa Planta

queue up for Bos pa Planta

booklover posing with the poetry book

speaking with a booklover 

having an interview in between with a journalist of a local paper

waiting to get a signature of the author

the author with dear cousin Lucky

posing with colleague writer Jacques Thonissen (in the middle)

Lara Kuiperi, the author & Lara’s parents 

visitors relaxing & chatting

posing with mrs. Kip, mother of the talented twins Ayra & Ira

the author with an old time friend, the renown painter Stan Kuiperi

another pleased booklover

the author with a former pupil notary Ralph Yarzagaray

posing with an acquaintance

speaking to the renown linguist Ramon Todd-Dandaré

one of the photographers of the evening

posing with Bos pa Planta in hand

another view on the visitors that evening

the author with the sociologist Rudy Lampe

the author with Mirto Laclé, expert on young adult literature, and the MC for the evening

showing Bos pa Planta

signing Bos pa Planta

standing by the book table

the author with his dear family

posing with Jontahan Croes & his family

the book table

posing once more with Astrid Britten

the author with musician Harry Zimmerman

the author with colleague writer Olga Orman

the author, the renown musician Padu del Caribe Lampe & his daughter

in conversation with Jonathan

author with more dear family

Bos pa Planta gladly received

the author with an acquaintance

Professor Wim Rutgers & the author

the author with linguist Joyce Pereira

The booklaunch was a succes. We want to thank Biblioteca Nacional Aruba, Instituto Pedagogico Arubano, the eight talented youth and everybody who contributed to make this evening memorable. 

Verborgen Leegte Well Received @ the Library

14 03 2011

Verborgen leegte
was succesfully launched last friday 11 March at the Biblioteka Públiko Kòrsou in Curaçao .
After the author gave some insights on the novel, Arthur Tholel of the local library spoke with him about the book.  The public asked questions about the Caribbean elements of the book, the use of historical aspects in literature and how difficult it was for a male writer to creep into a female character. The evening was closed with a booksiging session.

the present public at the booklaunch

booksigning session with the author

visitors queueing up to buy Verborgen leegte

The local newspapers Extra en La Prensa publicized on 12 March an item on the booklaunch of Verborgen leegte.

Verborgen leegte is obtainable in Curaçao at the following bookstores : Boekhandel Boek Plus & Mensing’s Caminada.


“Bos pa Planta” On Tour in Aruba

11 03 2011

Author/poet Quito Nicolaas will be on tour from 14 – 17 march 2011 in Aruba with his latest poetry book Bos pa Planta.

The itinerary for the tour is as follows:
• Monday 14 March, 04:00 – 06:30 p.m. – Booksigning @ Bruna Aruba;
• Tuesday 15 March, 12:15 – 02:15 p.m. – Literary workshops @ IPA;
• Tuesday 15 March, 07.30 p.m. – Booklaunch Bos pa Planta @ Dept. Caribiana of Biblioteca Nacional Aruba;
• Wednesday 16 March, 03:00 – 05:00 p.m. – Booksigning @ De Wit & Van Dorp Bookstores Dakota;
• Thursday 17 March, 06:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Booksigning @ Plaza Betico.

More information coming up soon!

Booklaunch Verborgen leegte in Curaçao

8 03 2011

Quito Nicolaas will be in Curaçao for the presentation of his latest novel in the Dutch language Verborgen leegte. Everybody is welcome at this special occasion.

Date:         Friday 11 March 2011
Time:        7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Location:    Auditorium Curaçao Public Library
Entrance:    FREE

Impression book launch ‘Verborgen Leegte’

15 11 2010

Last Friday 12 november the new novel in the dutch language ‘Verborgen leegte’ [Hidden Silence] by writer/poet Quito Nicolaas was launched. With the slogan ‘Reading is leaving old barriers behind to look for new ways to explore other cultures’ Nicolaas handed the first copy to Ton van der Laar, the librarian of the Amsterdam Public Library.

Social anthropologist Francio Guadeloupe gave an interesting lecture entitled ‘Aruban Lypso: Quito Nicolaas’ Memory of Our Common Humanity’. He said that the novel could be read in three ways; from a conventional to a more radical way. Furthermore he said the book is typical Caribbean, though it surpasses the Caribbean boundaries as it deals with universal themes. According to Guadeloupe the writer  reminds us of the common humanity in people which we have to cherish, especially in these times.

Jazzmusician Delbert Bernabela gave a passionate performance with a composition inspired by the novel.

Yvette Cramer of Caribe Magazine interviewed the author where they touched on different themes of the book, like the coming of the Lago and life in the ‘60s in San Nicolas. Striking in the book is that women play an important role as men are merely on the fringes and more absent.

Poet Rosabelle Illes read in a splendid way a fragment of the book which made the audience crave for more.

Afterwards there was a book sale and a signing reception in the Harry Mulisch Salon.

Francio Guadeloupe, Rosabelle Illes & Delbert Bernabela

Quito Nicolaas & Rosabelle Illes

Signing reception with the author

Wim Ruthers & Rosabelle Illes

@ the Harry Mulisch Salon

Signing a last book

A fantastic evening

Photo’s courtesy of Rosabelle Illes & Yvette Cramer