Aruban Author included into Dictionary of Caribbean an Afro-Latin America

3 06 2016

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Its our privilege to announce that the biography and bibliography of QUITO NICOLAAS, Aruban author based in The Netherlands, will be published in the “Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography” edited by Franklin Knight & Henry Louis Gates Jr., on 21rst of July 2016 by the Oxford University Press.

 

 

 

 

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The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography is a major biographical reference work covering the lives and legacies of notable Afro-descendants from the Caribbean and Latin American, men and women from all eras and walks of life. This groundbreaking resource provides unprecedented coverage of the region through the lives of its people.

The dictionary can be purchased at Oxford University Press.

Some publications by Quito Nicolaas are the novels Verborgen leegte (2010) and Sombra di recuerdo (2013), the trilingual poetry book Bos pa planta (2011) and the anthology Cucuisa Cabisha/Als de aloë sluimert (2015).

All available @ BookIsh Plaza.

PHOTO: ARTN Photography

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Surinamese-Dutch Writer Wins Prestigious Dutch P.C. Hooft Award

3 06 2016

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Astrid H. Roemer received on Thursday 19th of May the 2016 P.C. Hooft Award. The award, which this year is intended for prose, was traditionally awarded to her at the Literary Museum in The Hague. The prestigious prize has a sum attached to it of € 60,000.

Today the most important Dutch writer of the post-colonial era is being honored. And today for the first time a black woman receives the P.C. Hooft Award. These are two facts of great importance to our literature and for The Netherlands.’ said Elsbeth Etty in her laudatio.

According to the jury of the P.C. Hooft Award Roemer is unique in the Dutch literature, a writer whose body of work reflects her own voice completely.

She recounts experiences of getting uprooted, and does so in a prose that is disconnected from literary conventions. She dares to take risks, in the construction of novels, in her language, and in the subjects she writes on.’ – according to the jury.

Writers who take a lot of risks, who are original and who show a high literary commintent in their work, are vital for the arts. They deserve all attention when they write books that are against the tribulation of commercialism and popularization in the media. Astrid H. Roemer belongs to that category. With this nomination for the 2016 P.C. Hooft Award the jury wants to show her appreciation for the voice of a Surinamese-Dutch writer who with her work breaks open the limits of Dutch literature in an intriguing and challenging way’, said the jury.

The jury consisted of Karin Amatmoekrim, Sander Bax (Chairman), Talgo Jaeger, Edzard Mik and Pauline Slot.

The P.C. Hooft Award is the highest recognition a writer could receive in The Netherlands.

Her books will be available @ BookIsh Plaza





Sneak peek Papiamento novel

15 05 2013

Sneak peek Sombra

Papiamento is a creole language spoken on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao.
On Aruba they celebrate this year, the Year of Papiamento.

The book launch will take place on Tuesday May the 21rst at the Cabinet of the Plenipotentiary Minister of Aruba in The Hague.





Meet & Greet the Author Quito Nicolaas

15 03 2013

Meet&Greet Quito Nicolaas

This Sunday the 17th of March our poet/writer Quito Nicolaas will be together with others at his hometown library De Nieuwe Bibliotheek in Almere to sign his books. This activity is in line with the book week in The Netherlands from 16-24 of March.

So come by and Meet&Greet the author.

His books are available at BookIsh Plaza

 





Book Week Starts Today in The Netherlands

15 03 2013

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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.





Reading ‘Verborgen Leegte’

13 02 2013

Reading Verborgen leegte breed

One of our publicized books ‘Verborgen Leegte’ [Hidden Emptiness] by the author Quito Nicolaas, is the book which will be read by members of the Dutch Caribbean Book Club this winter. The book will be discussed at an event of the book club in April.
BookIsh Plaza offers a mid-price for the book for all readers living in The Netherlands.

So check out your copy @ BookIsh Plaza





BookIsh Plaza @ Whatever Happened 2 ………

2 12 2012

Congress Whatever happened 2 Racism in The Netherlands 2012