Caribbean Thoughts

by Carol Mitchell

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All Over Again by A-dziko Simba Gegele

All over againAll Over Again is a fun, well-crafted story of one school year in the life of a twelve year old boy living in the Caribbean. This book, written by Jamaican author A-dziko Simba Gegele, was the winner of the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. I would recommend for readers 9-13 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking Caribbean Stories to the Stars!

I’m really looking forward to attending WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest in NYC this weekend. I just read an article by Kellie Magnus, my co-panelist and I loved the quote “Caribbean stories deserve a place in the multi-billion dollar children’s book market.” Join us at CUNY this weekend.

Slave to Fashion – HOTB

So my youngest gets in the car after school and takes off MY shoes with a sigh.

I look at her feet and the shoes have left an imprint on her feet.

Me:
      Do the shoes hurt your feet?

Youngest:
      Yes, but they look so GOOD!

Clearly that sort of passion for fashion skips a generation!

(One of her favorites …)

Whatever Happens

WORD! In New York this weekend

WORD - 2014 FINAL

If you will be in New York this weekend, check out WORD! I will be speaking at 3 pm and I will have copies of books on hand. Hope to see you there. Read the rest of this entry »

Equal pay for equal work

When you work for yourself, especially if you are providing a service in which the raw materials of your craft are primarily intellectual, you will inevitably (read often) be asked to work for free. In fact, you are lucky if the person even acknowledges that they should expect to pay for the services. This article contains very professional ways to approach these requests that you work for free.

Maleficent – a short review


MaleficientMy intention is to review Caribbean books and films, however, I went to the movies last night for the first time in a long time, so I will break my stride a bit and write about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Give Me the Night by Liane Spicer

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Charmaine Rousseau is a Trinidad-born writer whose short story, “Miss Annie Cooks Fish” has been short listed for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. She is the author of two novels, Cafe Au Lait and Give Me the Night, both published under the pen name Liane Spicer. Read the rest of this entry »

Reveal, Advance, or Get Out of My Story

I recently wrote a short story and decided to submit it to a publication. I hired our own novelspaces co-ordinator, Liane, who did a brilliant line edit on it and I was about to submit it when I re-read the submission requirements.

Maximum word count: 3,500 words.

Yikes! My story was pushing 5,000 words. I had to drop a third of it and quick. Read the rest of this entry »

The Roving Tree by Elsie Augustave


Iris’ dying wish is to ensure that her newborn child learns her life story “so that she could understand who she is“. When Iris passes on from her earthly existence, she is given access to pen, paper, and the memories of family members who can fill in gaps about her past. In this way, Ms. Augustave takes us into the life of a Haitian girl who is adopted at age five by a white American family and raised in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

Image, Then and Now

Shel SilversteinThe first time I picked up The Giving Tree, I reacted very strongly to the author’s photo on the back. I thought, “This must be an excellent book, because the author is a scary looking guy!” And it was true. Shel Silverstein became one of my favorite children’s books authors.

I thought about him this morning as I got ready to go to a bookstore to discuss doing a book reading there. The Giving Tree was written more than fifty years ago, and I wonder how Mr. Silverstein, who seems rather reluctant to be photographed, would have fared today when everything is recorded and immediately disseminated.