Papiamento Novel in the Almere Library

1 11 2013

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l. to r. Minister Plenipotenciery of Aruba Edwin Abath, writer Quito Nicolaas and
Chris Wiersma (director library). PHOTO: Almere Vandaag, 2013

In October Quito Nicolaas presented his latest Papiamento Novel ‘Sombra di recuerdo’ to the director of De Nieuwe Bibliotheek, the library in  his hometown of Almere.

The library has aready some of his books in their collection, like ‘Verborgen Leegte’ and were very pleased to receive another book for their collection. Also present was the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba, Edwin Abath, who commended Nicolaas with his 10th publication in Papiamento in the Year Celebrating the Papiamento Language in Aruba and in The Netherlands. Papiamento is spoken in the three Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao.

Quito Nicolaas´s books are available  @ BookIsh Plaza

 

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Presentation New Novel by Quito Nicolaas

9 10 2013

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Invitation to the presentation of the novel ”Sombra di recuerdo” at the Nieuwscafé of De Nieuwe Bibliotheek in Almere.
Besides the Minister Plenipotenciary of Aruba Edwin Abath, there will be other speakers. The book will be on sale and the author gladly will sign your copy. Please let us know if you’ll be attending @ info@bookishplaza.com

The book is available at BookIsh Plaza

 





Book Trailer ‘Sombra di recuerdo’

14 06 2013

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Enjoy the book trailer of ‘Sombra di recuerdo’ [Shadows of Memories], the new book by author Quito Nicolaas.
And buy the book at your local bookstore in Aruba & Curaçao. Online at BookIsh Plaza.
© W.A.M. Nicolaas





Meet & Greet the Author Quito Nicolaas

6 06 2013

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Friday June 7th there will be a Meet & Greet the Author Quito Nicolaas at the Teresita Center in San Nicolas, Aruba. The literary evening will start at 7:30 p.m. This is an oportunity for the Aruban people to get to know the author more up, close and personal.

The author will give some insights on his new novel in Papiamento Sombra di recuerdo. This novel, the tenth book in his works, is the most massive document written up to now in the Papiamento language and of the Aruban and Antillean literature. Quito Nicolaas is known for his publications of poetry and novels in diverse languages. This novel has been written especially for the Celebration of the Year of Papiamento in Aruba.

The author will connect the story in the book with life in his hometown of San Nicolas and in Aruba of the 60s and 70s in an interactive session with the audience. Papiamento teachers will read fragments of the novel.

A known journalist will have an in depth interview with the author on the novel and other related topics. And the audience will have the chance to ask questions.

The book trailer of Sombra di recuerdo , especially made for this occasion will be shown. Furthermore a celebration of the tenth book and Nicolaas’s writers life will be shown.
The literary evening will be closed with a book signing session with the author.

The book can be purchased at the local bookstores on Aruba and Curaçao. And online at BookIsh Plaza





Meet the Author @ School

26 05 2013

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Author Quito Nicolaas will be talking to pupils at his former high school this Friday.

Telling the pupils about his new novel Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] where the protagonists of the book also went to Filomena College in San Nicolas, Aruba. But also of his own experiences back at school and the importance of writing.

The meeting is especially for the pupils of the 3rd grade, their parents and the neighbours in the vicinity of the school.

The book will be available at the local bookstores in Aruba, Curaçao & Bonaire. And online @ BookIsh Plaza

 





Invitation Book Launch In Aruba

25 05 2013

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Book launch of the Papiamento novel “Sombra di recuerdo” [Shadow of Memories] of Quito Nicolaas
Thursday May the 30th 2013
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Biblioteca Nacional Aruba
George Madurostraat 13
Aruba





Book Launch Papiamento Novel a Success

22 05 2013

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Yesterday the book launch of Quito Nicolaas’s Papiamento novel Sombra di recuerdo [Shadow of Memories] was a success.
A double celebration on that day. It was a celebration of a decade that the Papiamento language became an oficial language on the island of Aruba. But also a celebration of the tenth book in the oeuvre of this Aruban writer.
An entertaining evening with speakers on the history and  the struggles the Papiamento language went through to get recognized.
An analysis of the message Quito Nicolaas conveys in his work. A sneak peek of the novel Sombra di recuerdo. Readings of the new novel. And music of words all around.

IMG_3054Angelo Tromp of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba in The Hague opened the event ‘Nos Idioma, Nos Cultura’ giving an introduction on the meaning of May 21rst for the Papiamento language. This day is also the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2002.

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Collection of old books in the Papiamento language. A treasure of words.

Henri HabibeLinguïst Henry Habibe giving an insight on the struggles of the Papiamento language through history and reciting some of the powerful poems of poets defending the language on a literary level.

IMG_3070Cultural Anthropologist dr. Francio Guadeloupe gave an insight how to interpret the work by the author Quito Nicolaas.
‘As a “changing same”(a repeating question, but every time on just in a slightly other way) is presented to us then we’ll sing along and begin to dance. Class and ethnicity than do far less to it. Nos ta baila. We jammin. If like dancing the oldest form of thinking is — a pattern with renewal, losing your habitual sense of self to find yourself and the World renewed and transformed — then let’s think like a dancer.
Only in this way can we understand Quito Nicolaas.
The work of Quito Nicolaas — Bos pa PlantaAtardi di Antaño, Gerede Twijfels, Verborgen Leegte— I interpret as a literary tune. It is a changing same. If he does it in prose or poetry form, his oeuvre is an invitation to reflect on the question: what do we share? What do we share as citizens of the Kingdom of The Netherlands? What we continue to share even if we call ourselves Aruban, Antillian or Dutch? What do we share despite the fact that we’re born dark brown, light brown or have a pinkish skin color?’
Read his introduction further on in the next post.

IMG_3065The young talented poet Natusha Croes of HALA in Holland (a poet collective of Aruban students in The Netherlands) read a fragment of the book. A section where the friends were nearly on the brink of unvailing part of a secret, but silence stood in their way.

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Quito Nicolaas talked about the setting of the book in a village of San Nicolas in the 70s and gave some spicy insights of the book that shook the audience awake.

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Next the novel Sombra di recuerdo was presented to the Minister Plenipotentiary of Aruba in The Hague Edwin Abath, who received it with much proudness and satisfaction. It’s the third book during his term that is presented to him by the author. For sure a productive writer.

IMG_3095A succesful ending of a delightful literary evening.