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





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
 




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

1 04 2011





Crazy Night @ the ‘Feria Dushi Tera’

22 03 2011


The fair ‘Feria Dushi Tera’ last thursday 17 March was at the occasion of 35 years Himno y Bandera (National Anthem and the Flag) and 25 years Status Aparte of Aruba. Aruba is the first island in the constellation of the Netherlands Antilles to have gained in 1986 it’s own semi-independent status in the Dutch Kingdom. Each year this fact is being celebrated on 18 March.

The fair was buzzing with people from all over the island. It was a great night with all kinds of goods in the colors of the beautiful flag of Aruba, delightful music, nationalistic speeches, typical dishes and the festivity was closed by wonderful fireworks.  Bookish Publishers had it’s own stand nr. 29 and people could meet&greet the writer Quito Nicolaas. So we got family and friends coming by, but also people interested in literature and reading. The only party pooper was the rain that spoiled part of the evening. Here is a photo impression of the night.

waiting for people to come by

the first copy sold for the night


the book already put away from the rain

men are also interested in poetry

posing with FB friend & family

here with friends from Curaçao

old time friends also interested in Bos pa Planta

poetry lover glad with book in hand, the Aruban flag swaying on the table

posing with his tokayo (person with the same name) & a very dear old friend

coming from the same hometown of San Nicolas

posing with two dear FB friends

interested in all the books by the author

old time friends also interested in the new work

posing with a dear friend & journalist (r)

view on the mainstage before the rainstorm hit





Another Booksigning @ Van Dorp

20 03 2011


Last wednesday Quito Nicolaas was again signing his books at De Wit & Van Dorp Bookstores.  Book lovers came by to meet&greet the author and get their copy. The greeting of the shop-assistants were as always very cordially.

reader posing with the writer

writer with Bos pa Planta

posing with the renown linguist Joyce Pereira

Both Bos pa Planta & Verborgen leegte are available @ De Wit & Van Dorp Bookstores, Avenida Milo Croes in Dakota.





Interviewed by Amigoe di Aruba

2 03 2011


Last tuesday 1 March the journalist Sharina Henriquez had an in depth interview with Quito Nicolaas on his latest novel Verborgen leegte. They tackle the biographical aspects and the development of the characters in the book. Other subjects they touched upon were: the literary production and the formation of a literary circuit in Aruba.

The interview will be published next saturday 12 March in Ñapa, the supplement of Amigoe di Aruba.





Quito Nicolaas this afternoon @ Aruvision Music Festival

28 11 2010


Quito Nicolaas will be signing his new novel ‘Verborgen leegte’ at the Aruvision Music Festival this afternoon as of 16.00-19.00 p.m in Leiden.

Aruvision Music Festival is a yearly songfestival where talented Aruban singers participate. This year it is dedicated to the Aruban singer Rachel Kraaijvanger.

More information @ Aruvision Music Festival