Jamaica-born debut author Nicole Dennis-Benn. Photo courtesy Nicole Dennis-Benn

Word of mouth (September/October 2016)

Caribbean writers star at the Brooklyn Book Festival, a new musical work remembers the Guyanese poet Martin Carter, and Trinidadians anticipate the sweet treats of Divali.

A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2016) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks.

Photo by Tehron Royes

Jean “Binta” Breeze: memories from the verandah

Lauded as the first female dub poet, Jamaican Jean “Binta” Breeze writes from a sensibility informed by the political ferment of her youth, and her struggles with mental illness. David Katz finds out more.

You Have You Father Hard Head

Caribbean Bookshelf (July/August 2016)

This month’s reading picks.

Photo courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

Word of mouth (May/June 2016)

St Lucia Jazz — celebrating twenty-five years — brings artists and audiences close, and Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival inspires real ardour.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Wilson Harris — into the interior

The Guyanese writer Wilson Harris, celebrating his ninety-fifth birthday in 2016, has lived far from his home country for many years — but Guyana’s landscape and history continue to haunt his magical imagination. James Ferguson explains how Harris’s novels bring together reality and dream.

The Pain Tree

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2016)

This month’s reading picks — from sci-fi to poetry.

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Word of mouth (March/April 2016)

Dry season is now literature season in the Caribbean, with half a dozen festivals bringing writers to readers, plus a new exhibition in London captures the heyday of lovers rock.

The Whale House

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2016)

This month’s reading picks.

Nalo Hopkinson. Photo by David Findlay, courtesy Nalo Hopkinson

Stories of what-if

Call it sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy — it’s one of the world’s most popular genres of storytelling, and a growing wave of Caribbean writers are bringing our voices, culture, and history to tales of mythical pasts and thrilling futures, lost worlds and faraway planets. Philip Sander talks to sci-fi authors Nalo Hopkinson, Tobias Buckell, Karen Lord, and R.S.A. Garcia.