Book Launch ‘Nameless’

1 08 2013

Book launch Nameless

The Aruban poet Jermin Bell will be making his debut tomorrow at the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (library).
The poetry book will be soon available @ BookIsh Plaza

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In Memoriam Erich Zielinski

17 02 2012

PHOTO: Bert Nienhuis





Erich Zielinski Died

17 02 2012

Writer and poet Erich Zielinski died last Wednesday February 15th, 2012 in Willemstad, Curaçao after a long illness.

In 2004 he made his debut with the novel De Engelenbron [Angel Source, ed.], that takes place in Otrobanda where life is dominated by the problems of survival and drugs. The main protagonist is the ex-police officer Monchín who tries to flee everyday reality when driving his Harley Davidson. The book was nominated for the Gouden Strop and received in 2007 the Cola Debrot-price.

Zielinski was born on Bonaire, but grew up in the old town of Otrobanda on Curaçao. After studying law in The Netherlands he went back to the Antilles and was employed as a teacher. At that time he was founder and editor of the magazine, Vitó, a ‘critical’ magazine against the establishment in the Antilles during the turbulent sixties. On Curaçao, he completed his law studies and he established himself as a lawyer. In the early 1970s, he was for a short time editor-in-Chief of the no longer existing newspaper Beurs- en Nieuwsberichten.

His novel Prijs van de zee (2008) [Price of the Sea, ed.] takes place on Bonaire, where the discovery of a car that fell into the sea almost leads to rivalry in a fishing village. The novel Scott Zuyderling (2009) is largely located in the Netherlands. Lawyer Scott Zuyderling goes to the funeral of Ronnie, Scott’s friend Armand’s son. Ronnie has committed suicide. Scott realizes that Armand never told him that he has begotten a child  with his own daughter-in-law (Ronnie’s wife). He is confronted with his own history and especially his relationship to his homosexual son.

Books by Erich Zielinski are available @ BookIsh Plaza





Painting Away Regrets with Opal Palmer Adisa

11 01 2012

Jamaican born Opal Palmer Adisa’s new novel, Painting Away Regrets was recently published by Peepal Tree Press (2011).

Christine and Donald are two modern, urban professionals, fundamentally unsuited to one another, caught in the currents of life, and bound by the one thing they have in common–powerful sexual desires. They meet in graduate school at Berkeley and become consumed by the amazing sexual chemistry they share. Marriage and four children later, Christine and Donald are at a crossroads. Moving easily between the Caribbean, Africa and the USA, the novel dances between the real-life drama that unfolds between Christine and Donald, and the spiritual world of the Orishas where every human act has a spiritual ramification.

Gail Tsukiyama (author of The Samurai’s Garden and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms) writes: “Rich in the vibrant rhythms and colors of the Caribbean, Painting Away Regrets, is a song that resonates the redeeming power of love and family. Opal Palmer Adisa’s storytelling shines in the lush island folklore; in this story of one woman’s spiritual and sensual journey towards healing and forgiveness.”

[The book cover features LeRoy Clarke’s painting “Arima Mama.”]

Opal Palmer Adisa holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Jamaica-born, award-winning poet, and professor of creative writing and literature at the California College of the Arts, and her work has appeared in more than 200 journals, anthologies, and other publications. She is also the author of numerous poetry and short story collections. Her first novel was It Begins with Tears.

Source: Repeating Islands, dec 2011





Tomorrow Quito Nicolaas @ Festival Sunsation 2011

17 06 2011


Tomorrow at sunrise the poet Quito Nicolaas will be reciting some of his poems at the Festival Sunsation 2011 at the Robert Morris Observatory in Lelystad (Holland). In the afternoon there is a booksiging session with the author. His books will be also availaible for sale. So meet & greet the author tomorrow in Lelystad.

The festival is on saturday 18 june 2011
05.00 – 09.00 a.m.
13.00 – 17.00 p.m.
Robert Morris Observatory, Lelystad
Free entrance

For information on the program see Festival Sunsation 2011