Out now! BookIsh Plaza eZine JULY issue

30 06 2018

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

In this issue:

·        Caribbean Writers Earl Lovelace & Edwidge Danticat Receive Presidents Award
·        Books on Enslavement & Liberation
·        Summer Reading Tips
·        And much more ……….


Fine Summer Reading to all our readers. The next ezine will be in September.

Visit BookIsh Plaza for our New Arrivals!

Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine JANUARY 2017

31 12 2016

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

In this issue:

  • Book Presentation ‘Cicatriz di Mirada’ in Aruba
  • Yakanuko; Where Dreams Come True
  • Caribben Writers Making the List in 2016
  • And much more………

Read & spread the eZine. The next one will appear in February.

We wish all our readers a prosperous and inspiring 2017!


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Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine October 2016

5 10 2016


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.


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Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine May 2016

6 05 2016

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

In this issue:

  • The Caribbean in the 2nd World War
  • Learn to Write Poetry In Papiamentu
  • New Literary Prize
  • Third book for Rosabelle Illes named Title
  • And much more………

Read & Share the ezine!

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.51 May 2016

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Out Now! February Issue BookIsh Plaza eZine 2015

4 02 2015


In this Edition:
– Symposium Papiamentu Language Union
– Book launch ‘Moonlight on the Waves ‘
– Events Calendar
– Educational film ‘A kippah in the Caribbean’
– New books


BookIsh Plaza eZine January issue 2014

17 01 2014


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

Summer Discount Book Deals @ BookIsh Plaza

1 08 2013

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NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine April Issue

15 04 2013

BP ezine april 2013

Commemorations next month brings historical events we should keep alive. Leading up to May we have tips of some historical books on the Caribbean during World War II. Also a long due interview with Aruban poet Sonia Ruiz. Soon for sale has again some interesting books.
And finally this Saturday the novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness] by Quito Nicolaas in the picture at the Dutch Caribbean Book Club meeting. BookIsh Plaza will also be there with books by Quito Nicolaas and other Caribbean writers.
Enjoy this editon of the ezine with much more information. And do share our ongoing passion for books with your friends.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 16, APR 2013

Narrating the Caribbean Nation this weekend!

14 04 2012

Writer/poet Quito Nicolaas will be one of the lecturers this weekend at the conference Narrating the Caribbean Nation: A Celebration of Literature and Orature at the Leeds Metropolitan University, England. He will narrate about the politics of Caribbean Literature in The Netherlands.

The organizor Peepal Tree Press is celebrating its Silver Anniversary through highlighting its own authors and other significant Caribbean and Black British authors making a contribution to this body of work. Peepal Tree Press are working in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University (Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, and the Carnegie Research Institute) to celebrate this event.

The aim of the conference is to provide a space for academics, specialists and other people interested in the field of Caribbean literature to come together, share and discuss, amongst other topics, how the writing of the past twenty-five years connects and relates to the foundational and classic texts of Caribbean writing; and how issues of nation, region and diaspora, gender, ethnic, cultural, and sexual identities, connect within the Caribbean whole. Further, it aims to explore the relationship between writing in the Caribbean and Black British writing of Caribbean heritage, as well as offering an opportunity to hear new writers, and to watch them in performance.

The conference aims to encompass enough scope for academic interest though will also offer space for less formal presentations to raise the profile and create a heightened awareness of Caribbean writers and their work. The conference will be of interest to people from the Caribbean, people interested in Caribbean literature, and encourage new readers to this body of work. The conference gives Leeds based Peepal Tree Press, the foremost publisher of Caribbean literature, a platform to showcase new and classic works in print and in performance from its authors around the world.

Conference Program
14-15 April, 2012, Leeds Metropolitan University


Caribbean Partnership for Literature

15 03 2012

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the British Council, and Commonwealth Writers have announced a new partnership that will work towards enhancing the Caribbean literary scene and help kick-start an infrastructure to support writers, writing, and publishing. The Caribbean Literature Action Group (CALAG) will be launched in Port of Spain at a one-day brainstorm workshop on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, on the eve of the 2012 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

The Caribbean has produced some of the world’s greatest contemporary writers, including three Nobel Prize laureates. Its literature is one of the region’s most celebrated cultural products. But Caribbean writers continue to migrate to North America and Europe in order to obtain financial support for their work and to achieve the highest level of international recognition. Literary publishing within the region remains in an embryonic state, and talented writers who choose to stay “at home” often find it difficult to access international publishers, or find opportunities for local publication and promotion.

In light of these common interests, the British Council and Commonwealth Writers have now developed a plan to work in partnership with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and other literary professionals in the region. The first stage is to assemble a small, results-oriented action group of professionals from all areas of the Caribbean literary sector: writers, publishers, editors, teachers, booksellers, and organisers of festivals and writing programmes.

Facilitators for the action group include Nicholas Laughlin (editor of The Caribbean Review of Books), Linda Leith (founder of Blue Metropolis Bleu in Quebec), Anita Sethi (writer), and Susie Nicklin (Director of Literature, British Council).

For full list of participants and more information, see Bocas Lit Fest

A World of New Fiction

14 01 2012

Winners for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for 2011

Two writers from Barbados and one from Trinidad and Tobago are winners in the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Competition for 2011. Another Caribbean writer from Jamaica received a special mention for her children’s story.

Kathyann Husbands’ “Love, Honour and Obeah” and Edwina Griffith’s short story “White Shoes” received highly competitive awards, along with Sonja Dumas of Trinidad and Tobago for her tale “Letting Cockroaches Live.” The regional winner for the Caribbean was Barbara Jenkins of Trinidad and Tobago, with her entry “Head Not Make for Hat Alone.” Husbands commented that her win was “proof that Barbadians have intriguing stories that the world wants to hear.”

Read full article @ Repeating Islands

Poetry from the Caribbean on BookIsh Plaza

2 10 2011

BookIsh Plaza, the online bookshop, has some interesting poetry books by St. Maarten writers (Caribbean).

One of the well known poets in the region who is trying to bridge the cultural differences in the region is Lasana M. Sekou. His latest poetry book Nativity/Nativité/Natividad is Sekou`s 13th book, it is his first title in English with the French and Spanish translations in one volume. References range from Middle Region to Concordia; from Morant Bay uprising to Congo Square dancing in New Orleans; from ancient Mexico to ancient Ethiopia; from Hakka Chinese to Hosay in Trinidad; from maroons in Colombia and Venezuela to white indentured; from jumbie characters to children`s traditional games; from the Haitian quake to insisting on the discipline of science and technology as essential to liberation.

Other interesting books are:

Guanahani, My Love by Marion Bethel

Eva / Sión / Es by Chiqui Vicioso

Skin by Drisana D. Jack

Take a look at BookIsh Plaza for some amazing books.