Press Release New Novel in the Year of Papiamento

17 05 2013

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Coming Thursday May the 30th the novel in the Papiamento language Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] by Quito Nicolaas will be launched at the National Library Aruba. The book appears within the framework of the celebration of the Year of Papiamento.

The book published by BookIsh Publishers is about four friends who come together and reflect on the past. They contemplate on their past lives, the relationships they enter into, on politics and developments on the island. And also about the relationships between them which in time are conflicting or conciliatory. They meet challenges at every stage of their life against which they must overcome in order to escape the daily routine life. The consequenses of colonization, culture of obedience and emancipation are subjects in the lives of these four friends. The balance between good and evil runs like a red thread through the book.

The Aruban born and Almere based author, writes poems and prose in his native language of Papiamento, but also in Dutch, English and Spanish. This novel is the tenth book in his oeuvre. For the time being, this book with 400 pages is the most comprehensive work of the writer.
Nicolaas made his debut as novel writer in the Papiamento language in 2004 with Tera di silencio [Silent Land].

With Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] the writer embroiders further on the fictional reality of an island community. So these two books interact with each other in the game between time and space.
Joe Fortin, literary theorist, says that the writer, takes the reader into a labyrinth of time and space, in search for the truth. Reality and fantasy are intertwined with each other. Different realities, times and places are mixed with one another throughout the book.

The book will be available at BookIsh Plaza

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Book Week Starts Today in The Netherlands

15 03 2013

Poster Boekenweek 2013

This year the Dutch book week from 16th till 24th of March will be dedicated to the Golden Age of Dutch history and the dark pages of history.
The past of Holland has glorious periods, but almost as many drawbacks. It is a history of heroic deeds and betrayal, of glorious events and disaster. But also a dark page of slavery and its remnants. This year is also the celebration of 150 years of breaking the chains of slavery.

BookIsh Plaza has compiled some of her books regarding slavery, colonization and how nowadays people deals with the remants of this dark period of history.

Purchase the books at BookIsh Plaza.





New Collection of Short Stories on Jamaican Society

10 01 2012

Parable of the Mangoes, a new collection of short stories by Jamaica’s Jean Goulbourne

As poet and novelist, Jean L. Goulbourne writes about the distress, anger, struggle and creativity which she witnesses in Jamaican society from the perspective of a historian and educator (she is a lecturer in History and Social Studies at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Jamaica). Her writing is poetic, economical, pungent and stimulating, and she has received several writing awards. Goulbourne recently published a collection of short stories called Parable of the Mangoes (Abeng Press, 2011). Here are two book reviews, the first by Jean Small and the second by Amazon.com. We thank Peter Jordens for the information in this post.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s 2010 gold medalist for short-story writing, Jean Goulbourne, has wasted no time in producing her newest collection of stories, Parable of the Mangoes, published by Abeng Press.

Born in Black River on Jamaica’s south coast, Jean developed a keen eye and ear for all that happened around her in rural Jamaica. These 12 stories express a love of the land, a commitment to the development of the nation, and a sympathetic and compassionate understanding of the lives of a people whose ancestors experienced the harsh circumstances of colonization and slavery.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands