Novel Verborgen leegte in Your Local Library

16 11 2011

The novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness] by Quito Nicolaas is now available in your local library in De Nieuwe Bibliotheek ALMERE, Openbare Bibliotheek AMSTERDAM and other big cities of Holland.
So run to the library and lend it or buy it @ Bookish Plaza

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

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

Invitation Launch Quito Nicolaas’s ‘Verborgen leegte’

23 10 2010

BookIsh Publishers invites you to the launch of the new novel
 by Quito Nicolaas.

Friday 12 november 2010
19.30 pm – 22.00 pm
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam

19.30 pm  Doors are open
20.00 pm  Welcome Irene de Cuba of BookIsh Publishers
20.10 pm  Introduction by cultural anthropologist dr. Francio Guadeloupe
20.25 pm  Launch of book  
20.35 pm  Musical interlude with jazzmusician Delbert Bernabela
20.45 pm  Yvette Cramer of Caribe Magazine interviews the author
21.00 pm  Poet Rosabelle Illes reads from the book 
21.10 pm  Book sales and signing reception
22.00 pm  Close


4 10 2010




by  Quito Nicolaas

Friday 12 november 2010
19.30 – 22.00 p.m.
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam

Free entrance


Organised by BookIsh Publishers in cooperation with the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam.

Invitation and program will soon follow.


As of 8 october reservations can be made @