Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

The book of James — Marlon James

His award-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings has earned Jamaican Marlon James the kind of acclaim most writers only dream of. But why, asks Annie Paul, have so few Jamaican authors tackled the darker twists of their history?.

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2015)

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2015)

This month’s reading picks.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Caribbean Bookshelf (July/August 2015)

This month’s reading picks.

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Caribbean Datebook (July/August 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in July and August — from juicy mango festivals to Barbados Crop Over.

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2015)

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2015)

This month’s reading picks, from poetry to art to cricket.

Coming Up Hot

Showcase: Coming Up Hot

Coming Up Hot, a new anthology from Peekash Press, features work by eight emerging Caribbean poets, an intriguing cross-section of voices and styles. The contributors include Trinidadian Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and St Lucian Sassy Ross — both sampled here — alongside Jamaicans Danielle Jennings and Monica Minott, Vincentian Debra Providence, Guyanese Ruel Johnson, and Shivanee Ramlochan and Colin Robinson of Trinidad and Tobago.

Author V. S. Naipaul at his home near Salisbury, England, on Thursday 11 October 2001 after it was announced that he had been awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature. The 69-year-old Trinidadian-born writer was awarded the Nobel for "having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories" according to the Nobel Academy. Photograph by AP/Chris Ison

Guerrilla: V.S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul: born in Trinidad 1932, Nobel Prize for Literature 2001. A personal view of the man and his work by Jeremy Taylor.

Pick of the month

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2001)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

Caribbean genocide

Caribbean genocide

James Ferguson on A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Ganna’s Burden

This story by Conliffe Wilmot-Simpson won the prize for the best single story in the Jamaica Observer Art Awards, 2000.