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.





NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine May Issue

8 05 2013

Bekendmaking BookIsh Plaza Ezine MAY 2013

This time a short review of the literary afternoon held a week ago at the Public Library in The Hague, speaking of the novel Verborgen leegte, which was a success.
Mother’s Day tips, new arrivals and soon for sale books.

In the Picture this time with the crowdfunding for the Papiamento novel Sombra di recuerdo by Quito Nicolaas. Check out this link on how you can make an investment.

Finally commemorating the 2nd World War in books we have some historical books, bringing more insights of that time in history.

Do enjoy this issue and keep cherishing books like we do. Share it with your friends.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 17, MAY 2013





Impression of the Dutch Caribbean Book Club Meeting

8 05 2013

Photo Impression Dutch Caribbean Book Club Meeting 2013

The last literary meeting of the Dutch Caribbean Book Club was a succesful one.
The book people spoke and discussed about this time was our own Verborgen leegte (Hidden Emptiness] by Aruban born, Almere based writer Quito Nicolaas. There were introductions,  a short sketch based on one of the characters in the book and people could talk to the writer.
A dance group entertained the public who were very pleased to attend the afternoon.
BookIsh Plaza was also there with a bookstand of Caribbean books.

BookIsh Publishers will be publishing a new book by the writer in the Papiamento language. The book launch will be May the 21rst in The Hague.

Check also the crowdfunding on this site for this book Sombra di recuerdo.

 

 





NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine April Issue

15 04 2013

BP ezine april 2013

Commemorations next month brings historical events we should keep alive. Leading up to May we have tips of some historical books on the Caribbean during World War II. Also a long due interview with Aruban poet Sonia Ruiz. Soon for sale has again some interesting books.
And finally this Saturday the novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness] by Quito Nicolaas in the picture at the Dutch Caribbean Book Club meeting. BookIsh Plaza will also be there with books by Quito Nicolaas and other Caribbean writers.
Enjoy this editon of the ezine with much more information. And do share our ongoing passion for books with your friends.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 16, APR 2013





Impression BookIsh Plaza @ Arubadag

27 03 2013

Photo Impression Genootschap Ned Aruba 2012

2013 Arubadag, last Sunday, was once again a fascinating happening. It’s the day Arubans celebrate their Flag and National Anthem with music, singing, dancing, the Aruban cuisine and literature.
And being of born and bred proud Arubans, of course we couldn’t miss this one out. Naturally we were there also spreading the passion for literature like we always do.

BookIsh Plaza had a bookstand with Aruban authors’ books and books by other Caribbean authors, from children’s books, to history books, novels and poetry.  It was nice conversing with our readers and amazing to see people interested in literature from the islands.

Our published author Quito Nicolaas was there to sign his work and to speak to his fan base.

We had a great time and are looking forward for next year.





NEW! BookIsh Plaza Ezine March Issue

3 03 2013

Bekendmaking BookIsh Plaza Ezine MAR 2013 smal

Lent is in the air! An opportunity to inhale the fresh air of new books.

In this issue an interview with the Dutch Caribbean Book Club and what they’re up to the coming time, like reading Verborgen leegte by Quito Nicolaas.
New Arrivals has some bilingual poetry books. Arubadag coming up on March the 24th. Catch up our next special issue of BookIsh Plaza Ezine with booktitles from Aruba by the end of the month.
For March 8th International Women’s Day we have some fine books by women authors. Check out our website BookIsh Plaza for these fascinating books and more.

Enjoy this editon of the ezine. And do share our ever going passion for books with your friends.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 14, MARCH 2013





NEW! Bookish Plaza Ezine February Issue

13 02 2013

BookIsh Plaza Ezine FEB 2013

The February issue of Bookish Plaza Ezine is out with lots of information. An article on the Year of the Papiamento language and plans BookIsh Publishers has on this front. One of our books to be read by the Dutch Caribbean Book Club. New Arrivals and much more.

Enjoy reading.

Read it @ BookIsh Plaza Ezine nr 13, FEB 2013





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





Bookclub Reading ‘Verborgen leegte’

2 12 2012

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We’re so proud to announce that the Dutch Caribbean Book Club will be reading next Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness] by Quito Nicolaas. This writer is one of our published authors. In april of next year they will be discussing this book during a meeting. Well be looking forward to this happening.

Verborgen leegte is the author’s debutnovel in the Dutch language. It is available @ BookIsh Plaza





Dutch Caribbean Art Expo Coming Sunday

14 09 2012





Poet/Writer Quito Nicolaas Donates Books

5 09 2012

Aruban poet/writer Quito Nicolaas donates a set of his books to school libraries in Curaçao and Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean).

Last June teachers of the secondary schools MIL and the Radulphus College in Curaçao were very pleased to receive a set of books by the author, like the novel Verborgen Leegte [Hidden Emptiness] and Bos pa Planta [Constructing Voices], among others. The set consists mostly of poetry books, a novel and short stories. They are written in different languages and the native tongue Papiamento.

proud teachers of MIL showing the books

The idea according to Nicolaas is to stimulate reading of local authors amongst the youth, to discuss them in literary classes and maybe read it for their exams. The schools were very pleased with this gesture by the author.

the RC teachers also rejoiced

At the beginning of the year he donated also a set of books to the OSB in Bonaire.





Impression of the lecture on the postcolonial Aruban lit

13 04 2012

Last april the 1rst writer Quito Nicolaas delivered a lecture on the rise and development of the postcolonial Aruban literature. An interesting lecture which was en eye-opener for some people in the audience and which gave some interesting results. The lecture was organised by Caribbean Lagoon. BookIsh Plaza was also there with Caribbean books.

Quito Nicolaas delivering his lecture


the audience

people relating

literary magazines in time

the audience from another angle

the change agents

browsing at the bookstall

interesting items

the author with friend anthropologist Francio Guadeloupe

with a fan of Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness]

yet another fan





BookIsh Plaza with Books @ 2012 Arubadag

16 03 2012





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





‘Verborgen leegte’ Incorporated Into School Curriculum

2 10 2011

Good news is that the novel Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness ed.] by Quito Nicolaas is included in the teaching of literature at the Kolegio Alejandro Paula formerly Peter Stuyvesant College in Curaçao. This year,  students of the graduating classes will analyse the novel. The book is also on the list of Dutch literature they read for the exams.

BookIsh Publishers hopes that other high schools in Curaçao and Aruba will also follow suit.





Dutch Libraries interested in ‘Verborgen leegte’

2 10 2011

Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness ed.], the latest novel by Quito Nicolaas as of september will be available at the libraries in The Netherlands. NBD/Biblion has ordered a quantity that will be introduced and distributed to different libraries in the country.

NBD/Biblion offers a complete range of products and services that contribute to the success of the library or (school) library. They select, describe and provide the wide range of (new) titles that come out on the Dutch market.





‘Bos pa Planta’ in the Local Press in Aruba

1 04 2011